NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Montreal
(Monday, March 13th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each lit the lamp to lift Tampa Bay over the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, at the Bell Centre.
Vaclav Prospal and Fredrik Modin picked up the primary assists while Sean Burke turned away 31 shots in net for the Lightning, who entered the game having lost five of their last six.
"We played a solid game right from the first period," said Lightning center Brad Richards. "We didn't get stormed. We got a lead, and Burke made the saves."
Mike Ribeiro scored his team's lone goal and Francis Bouillon and Alex Kovalev each donated a helper for Montreal, which had a modest two-game winning streak snapped. Cristobal Huet came up with 22 saves in defeat.
The Lightning opened up the scoring at the 11:52 mark of the second period. Prospal broke out on the counterattack, moved into the zone, and then dished a pass into the right circle. Lecavalier took over from there, unleashing a snapshot that sped through Huet's five-hole.
Tampa added a shorthanded tally with just 17 seconds remaining in the middle frame to assume a 2-0 advantage. Huet easily gloved a Tampa Bay dump in from the neutral zone as time was winding down, but decided to throw the disc out toward the left wall. That proved to be a costly decision, as Modin pounced on the loose puck and fed it back in front for St. Louis, who blasted a slapshot into the upper-right corner.
Montreal spent a good portion of the third period on the power play, and eventually cashed in with 2:22 remaining. With the power play set up after the Lightning were whistled for delay of game, Bouillon got the puck at the point and sent a heavy slapshot on net. Burke made the initial save but Ribeiro slapped the rebound out of midair and into the back of the cage.
The Canadiens were unable to net the equalizer, however.
With the win, Tampa moved one point ahead of Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern Conference...Montreal is still 3-1 against Tampa Bay this season, and has won five of the last eight meetings overall...Montreal finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Lightning were 0-for-3.
03/13 23:04:54 ET