GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (16-15-6-1) at Montreal Canadiens (20-15-5-2).
TIME: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Jose Theodore's recent play has brought back memories of his award-winning
Theodore will try to help the Canadiens extend their unbeaten streak to a
season-high seven games when they take on the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.
Theodore made 34 saves and Pierre Dagenais, Saku Koivu and Mike Ribeiro
scored in a 3-1 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday.
Montreal, which will also be trying for its longest winning streak of the
season, won its third straight Tuesday thanks in part to Theodore's 26 saves
over the second and third periods.
"He made some real good saves for us in that second and third, because we
didn't play well at all," said Canadiens defenseman Stephane Quintal, who
played in his 1,000th regular season game. "Good thing he was there tonight;
he got us a win, for sure."
Theodore, who won the Hart and Vezina Trophies following the 2001-02 season,
is unbeaten in his last five starts (4-0-1) with a 0.99 goals-against average.
"We've got to be aware and we've got to be consistent for 60 minutes,"
Theodore said. "That's been our biggest challenge since the beginning of the
season. We play one great period and then the next one, we kind of slow down."
The Lightning, meanwhile, have continued their tailspin, winning just three
of their last 14 (3-9-2).
Nikolai Khabibulin allowed five goals on 27 shots in a 5-2 loss to Ottawa on
Tuesday. The setback opened a five-game road trip for Tampa Bay, which has won
just one of its last seven away from home (1-5-1).
Martin St. Louis and Nolan Pratt scored for the Lightning.