Tampa Bay won 4-0 (Game 4 of 4)

Tampa Bay won 4-0

Game 1: Friday, April 23rd
Game 2: Sunday, April 25th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 27th
Game 4: Thursday, April 29th

7:00 PM ET, April 29, 2004

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
TB 0 2 13
MTL 1 0 01

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

P. Kubina (Lightning - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

A. Kovalev (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Tampa Bay at Montreal 7:00 pm EDT

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- While two Quebec natives could go home happy, over 21,000 may be sent home disappointed.

Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis look to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a four-game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Game Four of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Lecavalier starred in junior hockey in Quebec before Tampa Bay selected him with the first pick in the 1998 NHL draft. At times during the regular season he clashed with coach John Tortorella but in this series has produced a pair of two-goal efforts and the tying goal with 16.5 seconds remaining in regulation in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory.

Lecavalier lives in Montreal during the offseason. With several family and friends in the stands, he used a between-the-legs move to redirect Dave Andreychuk's shot past goaltender Jose Theodore in Game Three.

Lecavalier's goal allowed the Lightning to head to overtime and once they got there, Brad Richards scored his second goal of the game just 65 seconds into the extra period.

St. Louis grew up in Laval and his favorite player growing up was former Canadien Mats Naslund. After winning the NHL scoring race, he had two assists Tuesday, giving him 11 points in the playoffs.

Montreal had a 3-2 lead on goals by Alexei Kovalev, rookie Michael Ryder and defenseman Patrice Brisebois. But now one of the storied team's most successful seasons in the last decade is on the verge of ending in front of 21,273 fans.


Tampa Bay - RW Martin St. Louis has four goals and seven assists during a six-game points streak; G Nikolai Khabibulin leads the NHL with four shutouts and a 0.99 goals-against average.

Montreal - RW Kovalev has six goals and four assists in his last nine games.


Tampa Bay - LW Dave Andreychuk has just registered two points in eight playoff games; D Pavel Kubina has not scored a goal in 19 career playoff games.

Montreal - LW Joe Juneau is mired in a 19-game playoff scoring drought; RW Ryder has just one goal and two assists in 10 playoff games; C Mike Ribiero has just three points in the playoffs.

STREAKS: Tampa Bay has won its last six playoff games.

HISTORY: The Lightning are trying to sweep a series for the first time in team history; Montreal has not been swept since losing to Buffalo in the 1998 Eastern Conference semifinals.


Tampa Bay - Lecavalier, five goals; St. Louis seven assists; St. Louis, 11 points.

Montreal - Kovalev, six goals; Koivu, eight assists; Koivu, 11 points.


Tampa Bay - Jassen Cullimore (wrist).

Montreal - Stephane Quintal (shoulder); Jason Ward (neck).neck