NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Montreal
(Thursday, January 8th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis posted a career-best four points on the same day he was announced as a starter in the upcoming All-Star game, as Tampa Bay defeated Montreal, 4-1, at the Bell Centre.
St. Louis, chosen by the fans to start in the February 8 showcase game, recorded two goals and two assists in this contest. He now has 14 goals and 22 assists in 39 games this season.
John Grahame needed to stop just 14 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 15-0 this season when they score three or more goals in a game.
Jose Theodore made 23 saves and Pierre Dagenais scored for the Canadiens, who lost for the first time in the new year (3-1). Montreal also dropped its first game in six tries (4-1-1).
After a scoreless first period, the Lightning got on the board first with a shorthanded goal in the second stanza. Fredrik Modin took a pass from St. Louis and skated unmolested in on a breakaway. He made a nice move to put Theodore on his back and slid the puck past the goaltender for a 1-0 lead 52 seconds into the middle period.
Dagenais then tied it 24 seconds later on the power play with his seventh goal of the season before St. Louis took over.
The Tampa Bay sniper took a pass near the right circle and fired a laser over Theodore's shoulder stickside to give the Lightning a 2-1 advantage less than five minutes into the period.
Ruslan Fedotenko pushed the Tampa Bay lead up to two goals at 13:42 of the decisive second period -- which saw the Lightning outscore Montreal by a 3-1 margin. He skated toward the left circle and one-timed a Brad Richards pass into the top of the net for his sixth goal of the season. The rocket of a shot knocked the water bottle on top of the net into the air.
The picture-perfect day didn't end without another goal from St. Louis. Just 3:41 into the final period he scored another goal on an almost identical shot to his first tally of the game.
St. Louis was selected as a reserve in last year's All-Star game. He now has five goals and five assists in his last seven games...The Canadiens won the two previous meetings between the teams this season...Tampa ended 0-for-4 on the power play, while the lone Montreal goal came on its only chance with the extra skater.
01/08 22:26:19 ET