March 14, 2006

Lightning strike for 2-1 win over Canadiens

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St.
Louis showed no signs of sentiment in their return to Quebec on
Monday, scoring the goals that gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 win over
the Montreal Canadiens.

Lecavalier and St. Louis, who both grew up in the Montreal
area and played junior hockey in the province, tallied in the
second period to help the struggling Stanley Cup champions earn
just their second win in seven games since the Olympic break.

Mike Ribeiro had Montreal's lone goal, scoring with just
over two minutes remaining in the third period to spoil Sean
Burke's shutout bid.

After a scoreless opening period, Lecavalier broke open the
contest, taking a feed from Vaclav Prospal and blasting a
slapshot past Cristobal Huet for his 28th of the season.

St. Louis notched the eventual game winner with just 17
seconds remaining in the period, scoring shorthanded to put the
Lightning up 2-0.

In St Louis, Christian Backman scored in overtime to earn
the Blues a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Scott Young and Mike Glumac tallied in regulation while
Rick Nash and Jason Chimera netted for the Blue Jackets, who
lost for the first time in 15 overtime games.

Curtis Sanford made 14 saves for the Blues before leaving
the game in the second period with an apparent knee injury and
was replaced by former Senator Patrick Lalime.

In Calgary, Jarome Iginla scored twice, collecting his 29th
and 30th goals of the season, as the Flames slipped past the
Colorado Avalanche 4-3.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Anaheim)