MONTREAL (AP) -- Jose Theodore stopped 32 shots and Richard
Zednik scored midway through the third period, leading the Montreal
Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday
Tim Taylor and Vinny Prospal scored for Tampa Bay, which lost
its fourth in a row. The losing streak is the defending Stanley Cup
champions' longest since Dec. 9-16, 2003.
Theodore, the league's top goalie and MVP in 2002, frequently
displayed his award-winning form from that season, overshadowing a
solid NHL debut by Tampa Bay goalie Brian Eklund.
Rivet scored his second of the season 6:59 into the third to tie
it at 2.
Alex Kovalev, who assisted on Rivet's goal, set up Zednik's
go-ahead goal, sending his linemate in on a partial breakaway.
Zednik went to his backhand, flipping a shot past Eklund to bring
the sellout crowd of 21,273 out of its seats for the second time in
less than three minutes.
Taylor opened the scoring 3:06 in on a play that left Theodore
with little chance. Sent in on a pass by defenseman Paul Ranger,
Taylor fired his first shot into Theodore before swatting the
rebound up and over the goalie's glove and into the top left
Eklund, a native of Braintree, Mass., who played at Brown
University, made 16 saves. He stopped the first seven shots he
faced before Markov beat him on a shot from the left point at
The Montreal goalie kept up the solid effort until Prospal beat
him on a deflection at 13:36 to put the Lightning ahead again at
The Lightning's last four-game losing streak included a 5-2
loss to the Canadiens on Dec. 13, 2003. ... Montreal has sold out
each of its nine games at the Bell Centre. ... Kovalev has 399