Pacioretty scores winner, Canadiens pick up sixth win in a row

Captain Max Pacioretty scored in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to six games.

Alex Galchenyuk and Torrey Mitchell, in an empty net, also scored for Montreal (7-0-1). Carey Price made 29 saves for his fourth consecutive win to start the season.

Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the visiting Lightning (5-2-0), who lost against an Eastern-Conference opponent for the first time this season. 

Ben Bishop stopped 23-of-25 shots in defeat.

With the scored tied 1-1 in the third period, Pacioretty broke the deadlock at 10:23 by beating Bishop glove-side. 

Blown coverage by the Bolts meant the Canadiens captain found himself all alone on the edge of the face-off circle, and Bishop couldn't see the shot with Andrew Shaw posted firmly in front of goal.

Montreal remains the only team still undefeated in regulation time this year.

Price beat Tampa Bay for the first time in his last eight starts (1-5-2). His previous win against the Lightning was on Dec. 28, 2013.