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Lightning 2, Canadiens 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 2, Canadiens 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Montréal Canadiens 1

MONTREAL (AP) - Sean Burke gave the Tampa Bay Lightning the kind of goaltending they're going to need to have any chance to defend their Stanley Cup title.

Burke made 31 saves and Montreal-area natives Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis scored to lead Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens on Monday night.

The Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak to move a point ahead of Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 72 points.

Burke lost his shutout bid when Mike Ribeiro scored a power-play goal with 2:22 remaining, but the Lightning held on for their second win in seven games.

"Every night you have a new opportunity and tonight was nice just to put some of that other stuff behind us," the 39-year-old Burke said.

Lecavalier scored his 28th goal 11:52 into the second, ending Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet's shutout streak at 163 minutes, 11 seconds.

"We really played 60 minutes, and we played hard for 60," Lecavalier said. "They played a great game. They had some great chances, great opportunities, it was a good hockey game for both sides. Both teams were working really hard and it happened that this we came out on top and we'll definitely take that."

Making his 14th consecutive start, Huet was coming off consecutive shutouts, including a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

St. Louis, the NHL's leading scorer and MVP in 2003-04, scored a short-handed goal with 17 seconds left in the second to reach 20 goals for the third straight season.

"We haven't won too many 2-1 games lately so it's nice to get those and feel confident," St. Louis said.

Montreal had won two straight and earned points in 11 of its previous 12 games.

"That's a tough loss," Huet said. "They're a direct opponent for a spot in the playoffs and we let that one slip away in the second period."

Lecavalier opened the scoring midway through the second when he took Vaclav Prospal's pass on a 2-on-1. Huet appeared to stumble as he cut across his crease to adjust to Lecavalier and then collapsed to the ice when Lecavalier's shot beat him.

"I saw somebody behind me so I just shot right away," Lecavalier said. "I didn't even know. I guess Some guys told me that he kind of tripped a little bit, so I guess it was good luck for me."

On St. Louis' goal, Huet got a piece of the shot but not enough as the puck hit off his left shoulder and popped behind him.

Burke, who was 0-3 in his last four games with a 5.13 GAA and an .810 save percentage, made 17 saves in the third as the Canadiens outshot the Lightning 18-9.

Notes: The Lightning avoided a season series sweep. The Canadiens, who won the first three meetings between the two teams this season, have swept a season series from Tampa Bay once. Montreal won each of its four games against the Lightning in 1997-98. ... Montreal has allowed four short-handed goals this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
11:52
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (28) Wrist shot - ASST: Vinny Prospal (43), Ruslan Fedotenko (11)
1 - 0 TBL
19:43
TBL
SHG - Martin St. Louis (20) Slapshot - ASST: Freddy Modin (16)
2 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
17:38
MTL
PPG - Mike Ribeiro (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Francis Bouillon (17), Alex Kovalev (31)
2 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:44
TBL
Dan Boyle  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
16:50
MTL
Mark Streit  Holding against  Evgeny Artyukhin
2nd Period
00:10
TBL
Brad Richards  Hooking against  Saku Koivu
09:13
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:54
MTL
Steve Begin  Roughing against  Sean Burke
12:54
TBL
Sean Burke  Roughing against  Steve Begin
18:20
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking against  Alexander Perezhogin
3rd Period
02:32
MTL
Michael Ryder  Too many men/ice - bench
04:03
TBL
Freddy Modin  Hooking against  Chris Higgins
14:12
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cristobal Huet
16:03
TBL
Cory Sarich  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:52
MTL
Alexander Perezhogin  Tripping against  Cory Sarich
goalie stats
Sean Burke
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .969SH: 2 - 2
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 24TOI: 59:07
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 4 - 5