TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Not even a dismal start could slow the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay scored four goals on 23 shots during the third period in winning for just the second time when trailing after two (2-13-2).
“We came in sound asleep … we weren’t ready to play,” Lightning coach John Tortorella said. “The team stayed together. We just kept coming.”
“Obviously, it feels good coming back,” Lecavalier said. “It proves we’ve got a lot of character. Everybody stepped up to the plate.”
The Lightning are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games.
“It’s always OK if you get some points,” Koivu said. “But when you blow the lead, it’s pretty frustrating.”
After wasting a two-goal lead, the Canadiens went up 3-2 on Bulis’ goal at 7:45 of the third. The Lightning tied it when Richards scored at 13:37.
Richards scored his second of the game into an empty net with 15.4 seconds to go.
“We did what we had to do,” said Tampa Bay’s Ruslan Fedotenko, who had three third-period assists. “We started shooting the puck. We just tried to dominate and keep putting the puck in the net. It paid off.”
Montreal is 22-3-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
“We just lost our composure,” coach Claude Julien said. “We seemed like a team that was panicking for whatever reason. It ended up costing us. It’s as simple as that.”
The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Koivu and Markov.
Koivu scored on a backhander after Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina blocked his pass during a two-on-one at 4:28. Koivu then assisted on Markov’s power-play goal from the top of the right circle with 3:06 left.
St. Louis made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:22 of the second. The right wing’s shot from along the goal line went in off Theodore.
Just 36 seconds after Richards hit the post, St. Louis tied it at 2 at 4:44 of the third when his shot from near the boards just in front the goal linedeflected off Koivu.
Montreal D Sheldon Souray did not play after hurting his left knee in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Florida. Julien said Souray will be evaluated by team doctors early next week. … Canadiens D Craig Rivet returned after missing two games with a bruised right foot. … Koivu has 10 goals and 29 points in 21 games against Tampa Bay. … St. Louis has three goals and seven points in the past three games. … The Lightning have trailed after the first period just 11times this season.