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Three-goal second period keys Lightning's 5-3 win over Canadiens

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TAMPA, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal and Steve Downie scored second-period goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning, who have won six of eight.

Montreal got two goals from Maxim Lapierre, while Alex Kovalev scored the other. Andrei Markov had an assist to extend his point streak to nine games (nine assists, two goals).

Lecavalier, off a pass from St. Louis, tied it 2-all during a power play at 2:49 of the second period. The all-star forwards from Quebec have combined for 16 goals and 24 assists over the past 14 games.

The Lightning went up 3-2 on Prospal's rebound goal with 5:03 remaining in the second. Downie made it a two-goal game at 17:08 when his pass was redirected into the net by Montreal defenceman Roman Hamrlik.

Lecavalier assisted on St. Louis' power-play goal at 11:04 of the third. Lapierre got his second goal of the game 22 seconds later.

Lapierre and Kovalev scored 51 seconds apart to put Montreal up 2-1 midway through the first.

Lightning goalie Mike Smith stopped 18 of 20 shots during the first. Tampa Bay had seven shots over the stretch. Smith finished with 31 saves.

Malone opened the scoring at 3:08 of the first.

Lightning right wing Mark Recchi, who needs one goal to tie former Canadiens' star Frank Mahovlich (533) for 29th on the NHL career list, failed to score on a penalty shot late in the first.

Notes: Recchi played in his 1,458th game, moving past Glen Wesley into 16th place on the NHL career list. ... Montreal LW Christopher Higgins returned after missing 19 games with a shoulder injury. ... Karri Ramo was the Lightning backup goalie. He replaced Olaf Kolzig, who has a left arm injury. ... Montreal D Patrice Brisebois didn't play.

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