NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 14th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (14-15-2) at Montreal Canadiens (17-8-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens continue their current homestand
tonight when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bell Centre.
The Habs are 1-0-1 on the first two portions of the four-game set. On Tuesday,
Sergei Samsonov's two goals lifted the Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Boston
Andrei Markov and Guillaume Latendresse also tallied for the Canadiens,
winners in two of their last three games. David Aebischer made 31 saves in his
second straight home start against Boston.
Samsonov's two-goal night ended a 19-game personal goal-less drought.
There continues to be a somber mood around Montreal as the team is dealing
with the turmoil of the past week. General manager Bob Gainey is mourning his
daughter Laura, who is missing and presumed lost at sea after being swept off
a ship and into the North Atlantic last Friday.
The Habs will finish their home set on Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Tampa, meanwhile, has lost two straight and six of its last seven games. On
Tuesday the Bolts dropped a 5-4 decision in Toronto, as Chad Kilger scored two
goals to lift the Maple Leafs.
Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and two assists and Martin St. Louis added a
goal and an assist for the Lightning, who held a 3-1 lead at one point in the
Johan Holmqvist made 20 saves in the loss for Tampa Bay, which has dropped its
last three game against Toronto.
Lecavalier has eight goals and six assists during a seven-game point streak.
Tampa Bay will host Carolina on Saturday.
Montreal defeated Tampa Bay, 3-1, on November 15 in the Sunshine State and has
won four of the last five meetings.
12/14 10:25:21 ET