Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Tuesday, December 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, December 13th
Game 3: Thursday, January 8th
Game 4: Thursday, February 12th

Lightning 2

(11-5-1, 27 pts)

Canadiens 3

(11-11-1, 25 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 2, 2003

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
TB 1 0 12
MTL 1 1 13

S. Koivu (Canadiens - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Zednik (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

V. Lecavalier (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Tampa Bay (11-4-4-1) at Montreal (10-11-2-1) 7:30 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning hope to get their offense back in gear Tuesday night when they visit the Bell Centre to face the Montreal Canadiens.

Lecavalier is pointless in five games since he had an assist in a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on November 20. The Montreal native is second on the Lightning with nine goals and tied for third with 14 points. He has four goals and seven assists in 19 games against the Canadiens.

Tampa Bay has scored just three goals in going 0-2-2 in its last four games. On Saturday, defenseman Dan Boyle scored his second goal in as many games but the Lightning were edged, 2-1, by the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Lightning had been 10-0-2 when scoring first.

The Canadiens moved to 2-1-1 in their last four games after Saturday's 1-1 tie with the Florida Panthers. Jose Theodore's bid for a shutout was ruined when he was beat by Viktor Kozlov on a bad-angle snap shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. Theodore caught a break in the final minute of overtime when Kozlov hit the goalpost.

Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal 4:12 into the third period to give the Canadiens the lead. Ryder has goals in each of the last two games after managing just three in his first 21 contests.

The Lightning won last season's series, 3-0-1, and Nikoali Khabibulin had a 1.47 goals-against average in those games.