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Canadiens 3, Lightning 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 3, Lightning 1
Montréal Canadiens 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Sheldon Souray is spreading the credit around for his power-play success.

Souray scored a pair of man-advantage goals, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Wednesday night.

"Look at some of the passes I'm getting," Souray said. "They're kind of right there for me to tee off, and I'm just able to have a bit more of an easier time to shoot the puck. I'm not rushed. It's been really a good group effort."

Souray opened the scoring 2:35 in and then gave Montreal a 2-1 lead late in the second. He has three two-goal games this season. Seven of his eight goals have come on the power play.

Montreal captain Saku Koivu recorded his 335th assist with the Canadiens, tying him for 16th on the franchise's career list with Claude Provost.

Vinny Prospal scored for Tampa Bay, but Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each had 11-game point streaks snapped.

"We played well defensively," Souray said. "We knew they had a couple of players who are pretty hot and they seem to enjoy playing against us. I just thought all the way through we worked hard. We were willing to win the battles."

Montreal's Cristobal Huet made 29 saves, including five on Lecavalier during Tampa Bay's 15-shot first period. The Canadiens have won five of seven.

"Their goalie made the big saves," said Lecavalier, who finished with seven shots. "Made huge saves."

The Canadiens, who entered with the fifth-ranked power play, were 3-of-8 with the man advantage. Tampa Bay failed to convert on five power-play chances.

"For the most part this year, I think the refs have done a pretty good job," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "But tonight, to me, was an absolute horror show, both ways."

Prospal's goal at 7:22 of the second tied it at 1 for the Lightning, 4-1-1 in the past six games.

Souray made it 2-1 from the top of the right circle with 4:48 left in the second. The defenseman had not scored a goal in six games.

Guillaume Latendresse extended the Canadiens' lead to 3-1 on the power play with 10:36 left.

Tampa Bay's Marc Denis made 25 saves.

Notes: St. Louis had 10 goals and 20 points, while Lecavalier recorded eight goals and 18 points during their respective point streaks. ... The Lightning are 4-6 at home, 5-2-1 on the road. ... Montreal D Mathieu Dandenault returned after missing 12 games with a thigh injury. ... Tampa Bay captain Tim Taylor left after two shifts in the first period with a neck strain. ... Koivu has four assists and six points during a six-game point streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:35
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (7) Slapshot - ASST: Saku Koivu (12), Mark Streit (6)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
07:22
TBL
Vinny Prospal (3) Tip-in - ASST: Cory Sarich (3), Brad Richards (11)
1 - 1 Tie
15:12
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (8) Slapshot - ASST: Andrei Markov (13), Michael Ryder (6)
2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
09:24
MTL
PPG - Guillaume Latendresse (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Sergei Samsonov (6), Alex Kovalev (7)
3 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:31
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Holding
08:24
MTL
Mike Johnson  Hi-sticking
10:13
MTL
Steve Begin  Hooking
2nd Period
12:10
TBL
Dan Boyle  Holding
14:15
TBL
Filip Kuba  Hooking
15:04
TBL
Luke Richardson  Tripping
18:28
MTL
Mike Johnson  Hooking
3rd Period
04:37
MTL
Michael Ryder  Tripping
05:24
TBL
Dan Boyle  Hooking
08:03
TBL
Paul Ranger  Hi-sticking
12:07
MTL
Janne Niinimaa  Holding
17:33
TBL
Ruslan Fedotenko  Holding
19:29
TBL
Filip Kuba  Hooking
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .967SH: 4 - 4
Marc Denis
SA: 28TOI: 59:17
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .893SH: 2 - 2