TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Not even a dismal start could slow the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay scored four goals on 23 shots during the third period in winning for just the second time when trailing after two (2-13-2).
``We came in sound asleep ... we weren't ready to play,'' Lightning coach John Tortorella said. ``The team stayed together. We just kept coming.''
Lecavalier, who also had two assists, was positioned in the low slot when he redirected Darryl Sydor's shot past Jose Theodore.
``Obviously, it feels good coming back,'' Lecavalier said. ``It proves we've got a lot of character. Everybody stepped up to the plate.''
Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards each scored two goals for the Lightning. St. Louis got Tampa Bay even at 2 with bad-angle goals in the second and third periods.
The Lightning are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games.
Saku Koivu had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens. Andrei Markov and Jan Bulis scored the other Montreal goals.
``It's always OK if you get some points,'' Koivu said. ``But when you blow the lead, it's pretty frustrating.''
After wasting a two-goal lead, the Canadiens went up 3-2 on Bulis' goal at 7:45 of the third. The Lightning tied it when Richards scored at 13:37.
Richards scored his second of the game into an empty net with 15.4 seconds to go.
``We did what we had to do,'' said Tampa Bay's Ruslan Fedotenko, who had three third-period assists. ``We started shooting the puck. We just tried to dominate and keep putting the puck in the net. It paid off.''
Montreal is 22-3-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
``We just lost our composure,'' coach Claude Julien said. ``We seemed like a team that was panicking for whatever reason. It ended up costing us. It's as simple as that.''
The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Koivu and Markov.
Koivu scored on a backhander after Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina blocked his pass during a two-on-one at 4:28. Koivu then assisted on Markov's power-play goal from the top of the right circle with 3:06 left.
St. Louis made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:22 of the second. The right wing's shot from along the goal line went in off Theodore.
Just 36 seconds after Richards hit the post, St. Louis tied it at 2 at 4:44 of the third when his shot from near the boards just in front the goal line deflected off Koivu.
|Saku Koivu (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Michael Ryder (26), Jose Theodore (2)|
1 - 0 MTL
|PPG - Andrei Markov (5) Slapshot - ASST: Saku Koivu (25), Mike Ribeiro (32)|
2 - 0 MTL
|PPG - Martin St. Louis (26) Tip-in - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (19), Dan Boyle (20)|
2 - 1 MTL
|Martin St. Louis (27) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (20), Ruslan Fedotenko (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Jan Bulis (12) Slapshot - ASST: Saku Koivu (26), Andrei Markov (14)|
3 - 2 MTL
|Brad Richards (15) Slapshot - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (10), Pavel Kubina (10)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Vincent Lecavalier (19) Tip-in - ASST: Darryl Sydor (16), Ruslan Fedotenko (11)|
4 - 3 TBL
|EN - Brad Richards (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Cory Stillman (33), Cory Sarich (11)|
5 - 3 TBL
|Darren Langdon Roughing|
|Dan Boyle Elbowing|
|Dave Andreychuk Tripping|
|Ben Clymer Slashing|
|Steve Begin Boarding|
|Mike Ribeiro Hi-sticking|
|Freddy Modin Hi-sticking|
|Jan Bulis Slashing|
|Craig Rivet Interference|
|Steve Begin Charging|