NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Montreal |
(Tuesday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jan Bulis scored a power-play goal with 1:17
remaining in the third period to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory
over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre.
Saku Koivu and Richard Zednik both tallied a goal and an assist for Montreal,
which is unbeaten in its last three games (2-0-1). Jose Theodore turned aside
24-of-26 shots in the victory.
Tim Taylor and Vincent Lecavalier each posted a goal for the Lightning, who
are now winless in their last five games (0-3-2).
After Tampa Bay evened the score with 3:50 to go in the third, Lightning
defenseman Dan Boyle took an ill-advised high-sticking penalty one minute
The Canadiens took full advantage of the extra skater, as Bulis found the disc
at the right circle, skated in deep and pushed a backhander toward the net
that trickled past Nikolai Khabibulin for the game-winner at 18:43.
Khabibulin allowed three goals on 25 shots for Tampa Bay.
Midway through the opening frame, Taylor gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with his
second goal of the season off assists from Pavel Kubina and Ben Clymer.
With 4:48 to play in the first, though, Koivu tallied his first goal of
2003-04 to bring Montreal even at 1-1. After a wrister from the high slot, the
rebound caromed to the low left circle where Koivu punched the puck home.
Montreal took a 2-1 lead late in the second period. Koivu held the puck behind
the net and lifted a beautiful saucer pass to Zednik in the low slot. Zednik
took the feed and snapped his eighth goal of the season up high past
Khabibulin at 17:49.
After several quality scoring chances, including a breakaway by Shane Willis,
the Lightning finally tied it at two apiece late in the contest. Lecavalier
spun around in the slot and fired a low wrist shot through traffic that beat
Theodore to the shortside at 16:10.
Theodore earned his 100th NHL victory in the contest, while Zednik played in
his 200th career game...The Lightning fell to 3-3-2 on the road this season,
while Montreal improved its home record to 6-6-2...Montreal went 1-for-3 on
the power play while Tampa ended scoreless on three chances with the man
advantage...Andrei Markov registered a pair of assists for Montreal.
12/02 22:47:13 ET