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