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Stamkos powers Lightning past Habs, 4-1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM

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Stamkos powers Lightning past Habs, 4-1
Montréal Canadiens 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

Steven Stamkos rang out the old year in style.

Stamkos scored twice, once on a penalty shot, and set up two more goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning closed out 2010 by beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night before a packed house at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Stamkos made it 3-1 at 1:46 of the third with his penalty-shot goal, a backhander past Carey Price after a spin move in the slot. He opted for the new move due to his lackluster career shootout record of four goals in 17 tries, including 0-for-3 this season.

"I've done that probably 10 times in practice and it's worked every time," Stamkos said. "I said 'What the heck, I'll give it a try.' I probably surprised Price. I've never done that before. I'm just happy it went in."

Montreal coach Jacques Martin said the goal "broke our back early in the third."

"He's a great player," Martin added. "Great determination."

Stamkos added some insurance by scoring on a wraparound at 4:40. He's second to Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby with 31 goals and finished 2010 with 61, the most of anyone in the NHL. Crosby was second with 60.

That was more than enough support for rookie goalie Cedric Desjardins. The former Montreal minor leaguer, obtained by the Lightning in an offseason trade, made 27 saves to win his NHL debut. The 25-year old played for Lightning coach Guy Boucher last season with Hamilton of the AHL.

"It's kind of Hollywood to play them my first game," Desjardins said. "They gave me my chance at 20 years old and I'll always be respectful for that. It's a day I won't forget."

Martin St. Louis and Pavel Kubina also scored for Tampa Bay, now 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

Max Pacioretty scored 58 seconds into the game for the Canadiens, who have lost eight of 10.

"Right now, the way things are going, obviously we're a fragile team," Montreal captain Brian Gionta said. "We've got to figure out how to stop it."

The Canadiens finish a seven-game trip Friday at Florida -- their third game in four days

"Things just fell apart, but we'll come out of this," Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban said.

St. Louis tied it at 1 by beating Price from just below the right circle during a 5-on-3 power play at 2:48 of the second. The goal came after Montreal took two too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties in 45 seconds.

"We got the lead early and then the lack of focus and lack of concentration cost us some penalties," Martin said.

Kubina snapped a personal 34-game goal drought and gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with 6:29 left in the second.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
scoring summary
1st Period
00:58
MTL
Max Pacioretty (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (13)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
02:48
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (9), Steven Stamkos (24)
1 - 1 Tie
12:31
TBL
Pavel Kubina (2) Tip-in - ASST: Martin St. Louis (34), Steven Stamkos (25)
2 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
01:46
TBL
PS - Steven Stamkos (30) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 TBL
04:40
TBL
Steven Stamkos (31) Wrap-around - ASST: Ryan Malone (20), Victor Hedman (12)
4 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:35
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking against  Mike Cammalleri
07:21
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:28
TBL
Brett Clark  Hooking against  Tomas Plekanec
09:54
MTL
Benoit Pouliot  Hooking against  Sean Bergenheim
2nd Period
01:50
MTL
Mathieu Darche  Too many men/ice - bench
02:35
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Too many men/ice - bench
14:17
MTL
Lars Eller  Hooking against  Teddy Purcell
16:46
TBL
Simon Gagne  Interference against  P.K. Subban
3rd Period
09:53
TBL
Ryan Malone  Too many men/ice - bench
12:38
TBL
Ryan Malone  Interference on goalkeeper against  Alex Auld
18:13
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Interference against  Dana Tyrell
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 20TOI: 52:10
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1
Alex Auld
SA: 3TOI: 7:50
Saves: 3EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Cedrick Desjardins
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .964SH: 4 - 4