This Week's Lightning Action: Stamkos Provides Offense, Bolts Beat Montreal 4-1

The Lightning enter the last week of 2010 leading the Southeast Division.

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Final Score:Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Montreal Canadiens 1

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Steven Stamkos registered two goals and two assists as Tampa Bay scored four unanswered goals to defeat Montreal, 4-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Martin St. Louis posted a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have won seven of their last nine games. Pavel Kubina added a goal, while Cedrick Desjardins made 27 saves in his NHL debut.

Max Pacioretty notched the lone goal for the Canadiens, who are 1-5-0 during a season-high seven-game road trip that ends Friday against the Panthers.

Carey Price stopped just 16 of the 20 shots he faced before getting benched in the third. Alex Auld came on in relief and turned aside all three shots he faced.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead only 58 seconds into the game, when Pacioretty raced down the left boards and sent a shot toward the net that clipped a Lightning player’s skate before heading into the net.

But the Canadiens didn’t score again, and the Lightning rallied for four straight goals during the final two periods.

Tampa Bay tied the game 2:48 into the second period during a 5-on-3 power- play. St. Louis held the puck deep in the zone until he finally found an open slot above Price’s shoulder, and sent it into the net on a sharp angle.

The Lightning took their first lead of the game with 7:29 left in the middle frame, when Kubina centered the puck from behind the net. The disc deflected off Montreal’s Jaroslav Spacek, who had fallen to the ice while wrestling for position.

Stamkos made it a two-goal cushion 1:46 into the final period by scoring on a penalty shot. He then added an even strength goal at the 4:40 mark, forcing a Habs goaltender change.

Meanwhile, Desjardins stopped 15 third-period shots to make the large lead stand.

Game Notes

Montreal fell to 8-11-0 on the road this season…The Lightning were 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Canadiens were 0-for-5.

12/30 22:57:57 ET

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Final Score: Boston 4, Lightning 3

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Marc Recchi’s power play goal with 19.7 seconds left in the game lifted Boston to a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay at St. Pete Times Forum.

Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand tallied for the Bruins, who also got Steven Kampfer’s first career goal in their third straight victory and fourth win in five games.

Tim Thomas turned away 31 shots to earn the win for the Bruins, who have won two of three meetings between the teams this season.

The Big Three of Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis notched goals for the Lightning, who had won two in a row and six out of seven coming into the contest.

Dan Ellis made 25 saves in defeat.

With 1:50 to play in the game, Marchand and Sean Bergenheim went off for matching roughing minors and Stamkos was assessed a boarding minor to create the man-advantage for the visitors.

“Not a penalty. Shoulder-to-shoulder hit. I’ve seen the video replay a dozen times and I still don’t see what they (on- ice officials) saw to make that call. This is a tough one to swallow.” — Lightning head coach Guy Boucher

Recchi took a pass from Patrice Bergeron and beat Ellis to the far side from in between the circles for his seventh goal of the season.

Marchand backhanded a rebound past a sprawling Ellis three minutes into the final period to put the Bruins back in the lead at 3-2 before the Bolts forged the third tie of the game just under eight minutes later.

Stamkos threw a backhand pass from behind the net that caromed off a Boston skate to St. Louis, who was stationed at the left door step and wristed the loose disc past Thomas with 9:10 left to play.

Ryder got the scoring started just 28 seconds into the game with a power play wrister that beat Ellis.

Stamkos tied the game with his league-leading 13th power play goal when he rammed home a rebound from the left side when Thomas wound up on his back after making the initial save.

The Bruins cashed in on the power play for the second time when Kampfer took a cross ice feed from Marc Savard at the bottom of the right circle and wristed it past Ellis at 3:27 of the middle session.

Lecavalier’s wraparound goal got the game even with just under six minutes left in the period.

Game Notes

Recchi also recorded an assist and has 1,506 career points, good for 13th place all-time…Savard’s assist was the 700th point of his career…Thomas is 18-4-3 in 26 career games against Tampa Bay…The Bruins have scored first in nine of their last 13 games…Boston is 9-4-0 versus the Southeast Division while the Lightning dropped to 6-2-0 against the Northeast Division…Pavel Kubina had two assists in the defeat…The last five games between the teams in Florida have been decided by two goals or less…Tampa Bay had recorded a point in eight straight games before Tuesday, its longest since an 18-game streak in 2004.

12/28 22:36:33 ET

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Sutter Resigns; Former Lightning GM Taking Over Reigns In Calgary

NHL.com is reporting that Calgary Flames executive vice president and general manager Darryl Sutter has resigned and former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster has been appointed acting general manager, giving him full control of all day-to-day hockey operations for the club.

Feaster served as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning from February 2002 until resigning in 2008. During his time with the Lightning, they won consecutive Southeast Division titles in 2003 and 2004 and the Stanley Cup in 2004. He was named NHL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News that season. Prior to his stint in Tampa Bay, he was the president of the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League where he was named the AHL Executive of the Year in 1997 after the Bears won the Calder Cup that season. He joined the Calgary organization this past July as assistant general manager to Sutter.

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Lightning 3, Thrashers 2 (OT); Lecavalier Scores Twice, Including Overtime Winner

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Vincent Lecavalier’s second goal of the game came 1:13 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

“It feels good,” Lecavalier said. “Anytime you put it in the back of the net it just kind of boosts your confidence. They weren’t the prettiest of goals, but I’ll definitely take them.”

On a power play in the extra session thanks to a Dustin Byfuglien boarding call late in regulation, Martin St. Louis held the puck at the low right circle and flipped it over to Lecavalier, who chipped it past Ondrej Pavelec for the win.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist while Dan Ellis made 26 stops for the Lightning, who have won two straight and six of seven.

Zach Bogosian and Freddy Modin each had a goal for the Thrashers, who have dropped three straight. Pavelec stopped 31 shots in the loss.

“We had our chance to win the game,” Pavelec said. “We just gave it to them. A point is very good though.”

The Lightning got the only goal of the first period 8:14 into the frame. Skating down the right wing, Ryan Malone got a backhander on net that Pavelec stopped, but the rebound sat out front and Stamkos was able to backhand it in for his 28th goal.

The Thrashers tied the game 6:03 into the second as Anthony Stewart left a drop pass at the top of the right circle for Bogosian, who blasted the one- timer past Ellis for his third goal of the season.

Tampa, though, answered three minutes later when Lecavalier snapped home a rebound off a Simon Gagne shot from the left side for the 2-1 advantage.

Atlanta tied the game with 3:43 to play in the third. Skating down the left side, Jim Slater got a shot on net that saw Ellis make the save, but the rebound kicked out front and Modin was there to chip home the rebound for his seventh goal of the year.

Tampa’s Victor Hedman was called for delay of game with 1:13 to play in regulation when he flipped the puck over the glass, but Byfuglien nullified the power play a minute later with his boarding call.

Game Notes

Stamkos has scored six goals against Atlanta this season, helping Tampa to take all four matchups thus far…Tampa was 1-for-6 on the power play while Atlanta went 0-for-2…Tampa hosts Boston on Tuesday…Atlanta plays in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

12/26 22:52:39 ET

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