NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Montreal
(Tuesday, November 8th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Richard Zednik scored the game winner as Montreal netted a pair of third period goals en route to claiming its fifth consecutive win with a 3-2 decision over visiting Tampa Bay at the Bell Centre.
With the game tied 2-2, Tampa turned the puck over at its own blue line. Zednik gained control, raced in ahead of the defense and lifted a backhander passed Lightning goalie Brian Eklund, who was making his NHL debut.
It was Zednik's second game-winning goal in as many games as the winger scored the decisive goal in the Habs 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Saturday.
While the win was Montreal's fifth straight, Tampa Bay is nursing a four-game losing streak. The defending Stanley Cup champions have fallen to Atlanta, Ottawa and Toronto during the skid.
Montreal's Alexei Kovalev was credited with assists on both third period goals giving him 399 for his career.
Andrei Markov netted his first goal of the season and Craig Rivet tied the score 2-2 with a goal in the third period for Montreal, which earned a small measure of revenge against the Lightning, who beat the Habs in a second-round playoff series in 2004.
Jose Theodore made 32 saves in the win.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring a little more than three minutes into the game when Tim Taylor took a long outlet pass, fired it at Theodore, and banged the rebound over the netminder's left shoulder.
Markov scored off a pass from Michael Ryder midway through the first period, which ended with the teams tied 1-1.
Theodore used all of his equipment and skills to keep the score tied 1-1 as the former Vezina Trophy winner made a handful of stellar saves through the first 10 minutes of the second period.
Vaclav Prospal finally beat Theodore for the only goal of the period, giving the Lightning a 2-1 advantage. Prospal has recorded a point in seven straight games.
With a little more than 13 minutes remaining in the game, Montreal knotted the score, 2-2, on Rivet's second goal of the year, which set up Zednik's game winner.
Eklund finished with 16 saves.
The Canadiens four-game winning streak is their first of the season...Tampa Bay had won three straight game prior to losing four consecutive...The Lightning will host the NY Rangers on Thursday...Montreal and Tampa Bay split four meetings during the 2003-04 regular season...Tampa outshot Montreal 25-12 through the first two periods...Tampa was 0-for-8 on the power play...Montreal is 10-2 in one-goal games this season...The Canadiens improved to 6-3-0 at home this season...The Habs will visit Pittsburgh on Thursday.
11/08 22:17:15 ET