NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Tampa Bay
(Wednesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 0
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Antero Niittymaki stopped all 33 shots that he faced to pick up his first shutout of the season, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-0, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who improved to 3-0 on a four-game homestand and have won three in a row for the first time since January 19-27, 2009.
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos also lit the lamp for Tampa Bay, which is 7-1-1 over its last nine outings at home.
Carey Price turned aside 27-of-30 shots for the Canadiens, who have lost the first two games of a three-game road trip.
Tampa Bay got things going at the 9:50 mark of the first period. The Canadiens turned the puck over along the right boards in their own zone, and Steve Downie was there to collect the disc for the Lightning. He slid a pass in front for St. Louis, whose shot beat Price.
Niittymaki stopped all 12 shots that he faced over the first 20 minutes.
Lecavalier capitalized off another Montreal turnover to make it a 2-0 game at the 2:23 mark of the second. Downie created the turnover near the Canadiens blue line, and Lecavalier's backhander beat Price moments later.
Stamkos' power-play goal off an one-timer at 5:54 gave Tampa Bay a three-score cushion.
Niittymaki made nine and 12 saves in the second and third periods, respectively, to secure the victory.
Tampa Bay leads the season series with the Canadiens, 2-1...The Lightning improved to 14-6-5 at home this season...Tampa Bay closes out its residency Friday against Anaheim...The Canadiens end their road trip on Saturday in Ottawa...It was the fifth shutout of Niittymaki's career...Habs defenseman Paul Mara sat out his third straight game with an upper-body injury.
01/27 21:56:51 ET