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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 later.

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.

Game Notes

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

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