Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 1

Saturday, January 7, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 17-20-1-2 11-5-0-0 6-15-1-2 L3
Montreal 16-18-2-5 7-7-2-4 9-11-0-1 W2


Carey Price made 23 saves and Mike Blunden scored his first goal of the season as the Montreal Canadiens skated to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Max Pacioretty added his 12th tally and assisted on Erik Cole’s late power-play goal for the Canadiens, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 10-13.

Montreal found its offense in a 7-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday and showed off its defense on Saturday by holding the Lightning without a tally for the final 56:36.

Blunden, a seldom-used forward, parked himself in front of the net on one of his few shifts in the second period. Defenseman Hal Gill, who was working from the left point, sent a hard pass to the right of the net that Blunden collected and quickly swept with the backhand past Tampa Bay goaltender Mathieu Garon.

Pacioretty gave the Canadiens the lead 1:33 later. Defenseman P.K. Subban got the puck in the Montreal zone and sent it forward to a wide-open Pacioretty in the neutral zone. Skating in unmarked, Pacioretty wristed the game-winner in from the right side.

The Lightning were called for a hooking penalty with under 30 seconds left and Cole dumped in his 17th goal from the doorstep to seal the win.

Top Game Performances

Tampa Bay   Montreal
Vincent Lecavalier 1 Points Max Pacioretty 2
Vincent Lecavalier 1 Goals Max Pacioretty 1
Eric Brewer 1 Assists Max Pacioretty 1
N/A Power Play Goals Erik Cole 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mathieu Garon .893 Save Percentage Carey Price .958
Mathieu Garon 25 Saves Carey Price 23

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 24 1 0-1 1-2 4 26
Montreal 28 3 1-2 1-1 2 30

Upcoming Games

  • Montreal will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play its next game at home against Vancouver. The Lightning have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .391 after a loss.
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