MONTREAL – Here’s what the Lightning had to say after shocking the Canadiens – and the Bell Centre crowd – with a 3-1 win over the home team on Thursday night.
Good to be back
Former Bell Centre regular Mark Recchi, who donned the bleu-blanc-rouge from 1995 to 1999, has always loved playing in Montreal. He seems to love it even more when he wins.
“There was a lot of character today and it wasn’t easy, but we showed a lot of heart and picked up a good win. You know, it’s always special playing in Montreal. This is a great place to play and it was five great years of my career. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to play for them and it’s always such a great atmosphere here every time we play in Montreal and it’s a fabulous city.” St. Louis thrives in Montreal
Martin St. Louis seems to have no issue playing under the microscope of the Montreal media, lighting the lamp twice on Tuesday night in a winning cause. Sitting at the basement of the Eastern Conference, he realizes the Bolts have nowhere to go but up.
“We’ve played some good games in Montreal and a lot of times we’ve come here in a desperate situation and tonight was one of those for us. To come out on top, come out with a win and leave the rink feeling good about ourselves is great and we’re hoping that confidence spreads throughout the team. You always figure you’re as good as your last game, so hopefully we feed off this one tonight.”Lecavalier is keeping score
Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier had a busy night against the Canadiens, picking up a goal, an assist, six penalty minutes and a chorus of boos from the 21,273 Habs fans in attendance, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I was pretty excited. Anytime you score and win against the Montreal Canadiens, it’s pretty special. Playing in front of family, friends and the Montreal people, it’s a great game and it’s great to get a win over here.”
Most casual fans may not even be able to remember a time when the Ile Bizard native was booed at the Bell Centre, but it seems it has left a lasting impression on the big No. 4.
“Actually, I do remember it well. It was in the playoffs, when we were here, but it’s fine – it’s just another source of motivation for me.” Coach Rick Tocchet lightens his load
“I was relieved. It was a crazy day today, but a great effort tonight. You’re always going to get tested in life, but look at the guys that came through for us. Foot soldier guys stepping up and everyone blocking shots. I was proud of [Olaf] Kolzig too, coming into a great hockey rink against a great team and he just shut them down.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com