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Montréal Canadiens 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Montréal Canadiens 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 FINAL
Montréal Canadiens 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens responded quickly to a disappointing loss.

Yanic Perreault and Stephane Quintal scored 45 seconds apart late in the first period and the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Saturday night.

Perreault added an empty-net goal in the third period for the Canadiens, who allowed three third-period goals in dropping a 4-2 decision at Florida on Friday night.

"Last night was a poor effort by everybody, so we wanted to bounce back," said Jose Theodore, who made 35 saves. "We started out really slow the first 10 minutes -- I didn't like what I saw -- but then the guys bounced right back and showed a lot of character."

Niklas Sundstrom and Saku Koivu had the other Montreal goals, and Sheldon Souray had three assists as the Canadiens improved to 6-3-2 in their last 11 games.

"We came in here against a tough Tampa Bay team and salvaged our road trip," Souray said.

Dmitry Afanasenkov and Dave Andreychuk scored for the Lightning, who have lost three straight and are 2-7-2 in the past 11.

"We are not the same team we were at the start of the year right now," Lightning center Tim Taylor said. "When a bad bounce goes the opposite way of us, our heads just seem to go down instead of shake it off. Right now we have to get back to getting upset, a little angry and a lot more desperation. I think that's what we have to do more instead of feeling sorry for ourselves."

Montreal took a 2-1 lead when Perreault and Quintal scored. Perreault netted a power-play goal from the low right circle at 15:00, and Quintal scored his first goal in 22 games from near the blue line at 15:45.

The Canadiens went up 3-1 when Sundstrom scored 10 seconds into the second period. Montreal took a three-goal lead on Koivu's goal at 10:17.

Tampa Bay's John Grahame was then pulled after allowing four goals on 11 shots.

Afanasenkov scored from the left circle during a three-on-one to put the Lightning ahead 1-0 just 59 seconds in. Andreychuk got Tampa Bay within 4-2 at 17:07 of the third.

"I thought the first five or six minutes, we were going to score five the way we came out," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "You can say that you're playing OK, but we're not winning. We have to get better."

Andreychuk has five goals and six points during a six-game point streak. It was his sixth goal of the season and 619th overall.

The Canadiens are 2-9-1 after trailing 1-0.

"When they score the first goal quickly like that, it sort of puts you on your heels," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "But the guys were really good at keeping their focus. The second goal probably hurt them (Tampa Bay) more than people think and gave us the momentum that we needed."

scoring summary
1st Period
00:59
TBL
Dimitri Afanasenkov (3) ASST: Cory Sarich (5)
1 - 0 TBL
15:00
MTL
PPG - Yanic Perreault (8) ASST: Donald Audette (5), Sheldon Souray (6)
1 - 1 Tie
15:45
MTL
Stephane Quintal (2) ASST: Niklas Sundstrom (6), Andreas Dackell (4)
2 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
00:10
MTL
Niklas Sundstrom (2) ASST: Sheldon Souray (7), Joseph Juneau (7)
3 - 1 MTL
10:17
MTL
Saku Koivu (4) ASST: Sheldon Souray (8), Jan Bulis (5)
4 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
17:07
TBL
Dave Andreychuk (6) ASST: Shane Willis (5), Cory Stillman (10)
4 - 2 MTL
19:55
MTL
EN - Yanic Perreault (9) ASST: Saku Koivu (9)
5 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
13:55
MTL
Mike Ribeiro  Roughing
13:55
TBL
Tim Taylor  Roughing
13:55
TBL
Chris Dingman  Roughing
16:36
MTL
Jan Bulis  Hooking
2nd Period
06:06
MTL
Stephane Quintal  Holding - Obstruction
08:51
TBL
Cory Sarich  Tripping
09:24
MTL
Yanic Perreault  Interference on goalkeeper
13:16
MTL
Saku Koivu  Hooking
16:15
TBL
Andre Roy  Misconduct (10 min)
16:15
TBL
Andre Roy  Fighting (maj)
16:15
TBL
Andre Roy  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:15
TBL
Andre Roy  Holding
16:15
MTL
Darren Langdon  Misconduct (10 min)
16:15
MTL
Darren Langdon  Roughing
16:15
MTL
Craig Rivet  Fighting (maj)
3rd Period
04:14
MTL
Donald Audette  Holding stick - Obstruction
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .946SH: 2 - 2
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 10TOI: 28:26
Saves: 10EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
John Grahame
SA: 11TOI: 30:17
Saves: 7EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 0