NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Montreal
(Tuesday, March 9th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Tampa Bay 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Mathieu Darche scored a pair of goals to help the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-3, at the Bell Centre.
Scott Gomez had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens, who have won three in a row. Glen Metropolit and Benoit Pouliot also scored for Montreal, which got 28 saves from Jaroslav Halak.
"It's a big win for us after playing four games on the road," Darche said. "The two goals were extra nice for me."
Steven Stamkos scored a goal and dished out an assist for the Lightning, who have dropped six of seven. Martin St. Louis and Matt Walker also lit the lamp in defeat.
Antero Niittymaki gave up four goals on 13 shots before being pulled near the midway point of the second. Mike Smith turned aside 14-of-15 shots in relief.
Montreal got on the board with a power-play goal at the 2:50 mark of the first period. Gomez charged down the left side of the ice and made his way behind the net. He then slid a pass in front to Metropolit, whose snap shot beat Niittymaki.
Gomez fired a wrister through the pads of Niittymaki at the 12:02 mark to make it a 2-0 game.
Tampa Bay got a power-play goal from Stamkos at the 3:47 mark of the second to cut the gap to one. The Canadiens tried to clear a rebound from in front of their own net. However, the clearing attempt went right to Stamkos, who fired home a wrister from the left circle.
Less than a minute later, Pouliot made it a two-goal contest again. Montreal then went up 4-1 on Darche's goal at the 7:33 mark. Metropolit, who was positioned along the right boards, slid a pass in front for a charging Darche, who completed the play with a tip-in.
Walker's first goal of the season cut the deficit to 4-2 at the midway point of the middle stanza. Walker took a bouncing pass from Mark Parrish and fired a shot past Halak from the top of the right circle.
Darche scored 3:26 into the third to give the Canadiens a 5-2 lead. St. Louis lit the lamp with 1:07 remaining to account for the final margin.
"We have to find a way to win on the road," Stamkos said. "It has become too common. We're going to run out of time if we can't win on the road."
Tampa Bay and Montreal split four meetings this season...The Canadiens played their first home game since February 13.
03/09 23:36:04 ET