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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Montreal

(Thursday, December 11th)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis scored twice and Tampa Bay stopped its nine-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Vincent Lecavalier also lit the lamp and had an assist for the Lightning, who received two helpers from Lukas Krajicek to win their first game since November 21 against Nashville. Olaf Kolzig stopped 31 shots, including all 24 he faced over the final two periods, for Tampa Bay.

"A lot of times we come in here (Bell Centre) in a desperate situation," said St. Louis. "We had to get a win and feel good about ourselves. These are things we can build on."

Patrice Brisebois scored on the power play in the first period for the Canadiens, who had won four of their last five coming into Thursday. Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves in defeat.

"It looks like we came out and expected an easy win, an easy game," said Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos. "They battled hard and Lecavalier likes coming here to play. He's played well before, but we weren't mentally ready for him and his team."

Brisebois scored on a wrist shot from the high slot 5:34 into the game, as Montreal capitalized with Paul Szczechura in the penalty box for slashing.

St. Louis tied the game on a shot from the left circle at 10:49 of the first and Lecavalier put the Lightning on top just only 1:14 later on another wrist shot off assists from Andrej Meszaros and Krajicek.

The Lightning caught a short-handed break with Marek Malik in the penalty box for interference as St. Louis netted his 10th goal of the season, on a shot from the slot at 8:31 of the third period. It marked Tampa Bay's first short- handed goal of the season.

Game Notes

Montreal is 4-1-1 on its franchise-record seven-game homestand, which ends Saturday against Washington...The Lightning went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Canadiens were 1-for-5...Montreal's Saku Koivu left the game with a lower body injury and didn't play in the third period.

12/11 22:27:17 ET

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