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Habs fall in Tampa

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists, rookie goalie Cedrick Desjardins won in his NHL debut and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos made it 3-1 at 1:46 of the third when he beat goalie Carey Price with a backhander after a spin move in the slot during a penalty shot. The center extended Tampa Bay's advantage to 4-1 on a wraparound goal, his 31st of the season, with 15:20 left.

Highlights from the Canadiens-Lightning game

Desjardins, a former Montreal minor leaguer obtained by the Lightning in an offseason trade, made 27 saves.

Martin St. Louis and Pavel Kubina also scored for Tampa Bay. The Lightning are 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, who have lost eight of 10. Price was pulled with 7:50 to go in the third and was replaced by Alex Auld.

Montreal will play Friday at Florida, which will complete a stretch of three road games in four days.

St. Louis tied it at 1 from just below the right circle during a 5-on-3 power play at 2:48 of the second. The goal came after Montreal had consecutive too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties, coming 45 seconds apart.

St. Louis has two goals among his 22 power-play points this season.

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

Pacioretty scored on the game's first shot 58 seconds into the first. His shot from near the low left circle went into the net off the skate of Tampa Bay defenseman Brett Clark.

Montreal's James Wisniewski hit the post during a power play later in the first.

NOTES: Canadiens D Josh Gorges missed his second straight game due to a knee injury. ... Wisniewski, obtained Tuesday in a trade with the New York Islanders, made his Canadiens debut. ... Kubina set a Lightning career record for a defenseman with his 67th goal. He had shared the record with Dan Boyle. ... Lightning D Randy Jones (upper-body injury) returned after missing one game. ... Montreal is 0-15-0 this season when training after two periods.

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