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
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
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
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