Two goals, two assists for All-Star

MONTREAL (AP) -- Martin St. Louis was eager to thank his fans for
sending him to the All-Star Game.

St. Louis had two goals and two assists for his first career
four-point game, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 win over
the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Named an All-Star starter in fan voting results announced before
the game, St. Louis increased his team-leading points total to 36
in 39 games.

"It's a great honor," St. Louis said. "It's an individual
thing -- I don't try to really pay attention to that. I'm going to
enjoy my time when I'm there, but there's a lot of business to be
done until then with this hockey team and that's really the most
important thing."

St. Louis assisted on Fredrik Modin's short-handed goal early in
the second, and scored at 4:49 to put Tampa Bay up 2-1. He assisted
on Ruslan Fedotenko's goal later in the period, and added his
second of the game -- his 14th of the season -- in the third.

"I thought we could take them out of the game if we scored that
next goal," St. Louis said. "If they score to make it 3-2, it's a
different game. I was more happy about making it 4-1 than actually
getting four points."

John Grahame made 14 saves for Tampa Bay, which won for the
second time in three games while outshooting Montreal 27-15.

"Martin and I play really well together," said Lightning
center Vincent Lecavalier, who made a sensational pass to set up
St. Louis' first goal. "I hope it continues. It's just four or
five games that we've been together. He's got a lot of speed, and
every time I have the puck, I look to pass to him because he can
finish the play."

Pierre Dagenais scored a power-play goal for the Canadiens, who
had their three-game winning streak and five-game unbeaten streak
snapped, both of which tied season highs.

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore, who hadn't allowed more than one
goal through regulation in his seven previous starts, lost for the
first time in his last six starts.

"It was one of those nights where the puck wasn't really
sticking to me," Theodore said. "It was difficult for everybody,
me included."

The Canadiens were on a power play to begin the second when St.
Louis sent Modin in alone on Theodore with a breakaway pass up the
middle. Modin faked left and reached back with his stick to steer
the puck past Theodore into the open right side for his 11th goal
of the season.

Dagenais tied it before the end of the power play when he scored
for the second straight game just 24 seconds later at 1:16, batting
his own fanned shot past Grahame.

Lecavalier made an outstanding pass on St. Louis' go-ahead goal
at 4:49. Lecavalier came down the left side and turned to make a
sharp back pass across to St. Louis, who fired a shot past Theodore
to restore the Lightning's lead.

"I was really dead tired on that shift, and I was actually on a
line change," St. Louis said. "When I saw Vinnie turn his back, I
knew he was coming with a backhand pass in the area. He knew I was
there and I just stayed there."

St. Louis got his second assist when Fedotenko made it 3-1 at
13:42 with his sixth goal.

St. Louis closed out the scoring with a slap shot past Theodore
3:41 into the third.

Game notes
St. Louis had three of his nine career three-point games
this season. ... The Canadiens also won three straight from Oct.
11-16. ... Dagenais has seven goals in 20 games since he was
recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Nov. 24.