MONTREAL (AP) - Sean Burke gave the Tampa Bay Lightning the kind of goaltending they're going to need to have any chance to defend their Stanley Cup title.
The Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak to move a point ahead of Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 72 points.
Burke lost his shutout bid when Mike Ribeiro scored a power-play goal with 2:22 remaining, but the Lightning held on for their second win in seven games.
"Every night you have a new opportunity and tonight was nice just to put some of that other stuff behind us," the 39-year-old Burke said.
Lecavalier scored his 28th goal 11:52 into the second, ending Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet's shutout streak at 163 minutes, 11 seconds.
"We really played 60 minutes, and we played hard for 60," Lecavalier said. "They played a great game. They had some great chances, great opportunities, it was a good hockey game for both sides. Both teams were working really hard and it happened that this we came out on top and we'll definitely take that."
Making his 14th consecutive start, Huet was coming off consecutive shutouts, including a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
St. Louis, the NHL's leading scorer and MVP in 2003-04, scored a short-handed goal with 17 seconds left in the second to reach 20 goals for the third straight season.
"We haven't won too many 2-1 games lately so it's nice to get those and feel confident," St. Louis said.
Montreal had won two straight and earned points in 11 of its previous 12 games.
"That's a tough loss," Huet said. "They're a direct opponent for a spot in the playoffs and we let that one slip away in the second period."
Lecavalier opened the scoring midway through the second when he took Vaclav Prospal's pass on a 2-on-1. Huet appeared to stumble as he cut across his crease to adjust to Lecavalier and then collapsed to the ice when Lecavalier's shot beat him.
"I saw somebody behind me so I just shot right away," Lecavalier said. "I didn't even know. I guess Some guys told me that he kind of tripped a little bit, so I guess it was good luck for me."
On St. Louis' goal, Huet got a piece of the shot but not enough as the puck hit off his left shoulder and popped behind him.
Burke, who was 0-3 in his last four games with a 5.13 GAA and an .810 save percentage, made 17 saves in the third as the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 18-9.
Notes: The Lightning avoided a season series sweep. The Canadiens, who won the first three meetings between the two teams this season, have swept a season series from Tampa Bay once. Montreal won each of its four games against the Lightning in 1997-98. ... Montreal has allowed four short-handed goals this season.
|Vincent Lecavalier (28) ASST: Vinny Prospal (43), Ruslan Fedotenko (11)|
1 - 0 TBL
|SHG - Martin St. Louis (20) ASST: Freddy Modin (16)|
2 - 0 TBL
|PPG - Mike Ribeiro (14) ASST: Francis Bouillon (17), Alex Kovalev (31)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Dan Boyle Hooking against Michael Ryder|
|Mark Streit Holding against Evgeny Artyukhin|
|Brad Richards Hooking against Saku Koivu|
|Pavel Kubina Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Steve Begin Roughing against Sean Burke|
|Sean Burke Roughing against Steve Begin|
|Vincent Lecavalier Hooking against Alexander Perezhogin|
|Michael Ryder Too many men on the ice|
|Freddy Modin Hooking against Chris Higgins|
|Martin St. Louis Interference - Goalkeeper against Cristobal Huet|
|Cory Sarich Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Alexander Perezhogin Tripping against Cory Sarich|