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Montréal Canadiens 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Montréal Canadiens 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5 FINAL
Montréal Canadiens 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Not even a dismal start could slow the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vincent Lecavalier scored the go-ahead goal with 5:04 left, and the Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Thursday night.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:28
MTL
Saku Koivu (10) ASST: Michael Ryder (26), Jose Theodore (2)
1 - 0 MTL
16:54
MTL
PPG - Andrei Markov (5) ASST: Saku Koivu (25), Mike Ribeiro (32)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
06:22
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (26) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (19), Dan Boyle (20)
2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
04:44
TBL
Martin St. Louis (27) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (20), Ruslan Fedotenko (9)
2 - 2 Tie
07:45
MTL
Jan Bulis (12) ASST: Saku Koivu (26), Andrei Markov (14)
3 - 2 MTL
13:37
TBL
Brad Richards (15) ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (10), Pavel Kubina (10)
3 - 3 Tie
14:56
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (19) ASST: Darryl Sydor (16), Ruslan Fedotenko (11)
4 - 3 TBL
19:44
TBL
EN - Brad Richards (16) ASST: Cory Stillman (33), Cory Sarich (11)
5 - 3 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
12:57
MTL
Darren Langdon  Roughing
15:10
TBL
Dan Boyle  Elbowing
16:28
TBL
Dave Andreychuk  Tripping
2nd Period
00:49
TBL
Ben Clymer  Slashing
05:40
MTL
Steve Begin  Boarding
11:49
MTL
Mike Ribeiro  Hi-sticking
13:40
TBL
Freddy Modin  Hi-sticking
15:46
MTL
Jan Bulis  Slashing
3rd Period
09:23
MTL
Craig Rivet  Interference
11:33
MTL
Steve Begin  Charging
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 40TOI: 59:16
Saves: 36EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
John Grahame
SA: 25TOI: 59:50
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .880SH: 1 - 1