Khabibulin recorded his league-leading fourth playoff shutout in
the series opener, lowering his goals-against average to 0.66
and improving his save percentage to .975. He was hardly tested
as Montreal took only 21 shots.
St. Louis, a finalist for the Hart Trophy, collected three
assists and help jump-start linemate Vincent Lecavalier, who had
two goals and an assist for his first three points of the
Canadiens coach Claude Julien called Game One "deja vu,"
likening it to his team's 3-0 setback at Boston in Game One of
the conference quarterfinals.
Montreal - RW Alexei Kovalev has five goals and three assists in
his last seven games; C Saku Koivu has two goals and seven
assists in Montreal's four playoff wins; RW Richard Zednik has
points in four of his last six games.
Tampa Bay - RW Martin St. Louis four goals and four assists in
his last four games; G Nikolai Khabibulin leads the NHL with
four shutouts, a 0.66 goals-against average and .975 save
percentage; LW Ruslan Fedotenko has scored a goal in three
Montreal - LW Joe Juneau is mired in a 17-game playoff scoring
drought; RW Michael Ryder has two assists in eight playoff
games; C Jim Dowd has gone 23 games since his last postseason
Tampa Bay - LW Dave Andreychuk has not registered a point in six
playoff games; D Pavel Kubina has not scored a goal in 17
career playoff games.
STREAKS: Tampa Bay is 7-1-1 in its last nine home games against
HISTORY: Tampa Bay and Montreal are meeting in the playoffs for
the first time.
Montreal - Kovalev, five goals; Koivu, eight assists; Koivu, 10
Tampa Bay - St. Louis, four goals; LW Fredrik Modin, five
assists; St. Louis, Modin, eight points.