NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, February 12th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards each scored a pair of goals, as the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-3, at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Vincent Lecavalier recorded a goal and two assists, while John Grahame stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced to lead the Lightning to their eighth win in 10 games (8-1-1).
Saku Koivu, Andrei Markov and Jan Bulis each scored for the Canadiens, who lost their second straight following a three-game winning streak. Jose Theodore made 36 saves in defeat.
The Lightning trailed 2-1 after two periods, but St. Louis scored the second of his two goals 4:44 into the third to tie things up. His shot from left circle hit the blade of Koivu's stick and went in stick-side.
"We're going to be down again sometime, it's not always going to be easy for us," said Tampa defenseman Darryl Sydor. "We're not always going to be in the lead. It's how you dig down and how you react to the situation, and I think we reacted well."
But Bulis scored just over three minutes later to give the Canadiens a 3-2 edge. His slap shot from the left faceoff circle went off Grahame's glove, hit the right post and trickled over the goal line.
At the 13:37 mark, Tampa used tic-tac-toe passing to tie the game at 3-3, just four seconds after a power play expired. Pavel Kubina shuttled a pass from the left point down to Ruslan Fedotenko at the bottom of the left circle, close to the boards. Fedotenko then found Richards at the top of left circle, and he hammered a shot past a screened Theodore.
Then, just 1:19 later, Lecavalier won a faceoff to St. Louis, and headed toward the net. St. Louis tapped the puck over to Fedotenko, who found Sydor alone at the point. Sydor ripped a shot on net, which Lecavalier redirected under Theodore for the go-ahead goal.
Richards added his second goal of the game, an empty-netter, with 16 seconds remaining. Tampa peppered the net in the third period, getting 23 shots on goal, while Fedotenko recorded three assists in the stanza.
"I was frustrated," Fedotenko said. "I had a couple chances to score, and I didn't. But we won, so that's a great win for us."
Montreal got on the board first, 4:28 into the game, on Koivu's 10th tally of the season. He beat Grahame through the five-hole with a shot from the right circle.
Markov gave the Canadiens a two-goal lead on a 5-on-3 power play with 3:06 remaining in the first. Koivu moved the puck from the top of the left faceoff circle to the top of the right, hitting Markov with the pass. Markov blasted a one-timer cleanly past a screened Grahame to make it 2-0.
St. Louis' first goal came 6:22 into the second period, drawing Tampa within 2-1. His bad-angle shot from the left goal line extended went into the net off the inside of Theodore's left pad.
Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray is out indefinitely because of a sprained left knee. Souray went down with the injury during the third period of Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Souray leads all NHL blueliners with 15 goals...Defenseman Craig Rivet returned to the lineup for Montreal after missing the last two games with a contusion on his right foot...Lecavalier has scored six goals in his last 10 contests and has five- game point streak...Tampa Bay is 5-0-1-1 in its last seven at home...The season series between the clubs is tied, but Tampa is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings overall...Montreal is 6-4-1 in its last 11 road games.
02/13 00:01:27 ET