Andreychuk scores 255th power-play goal of career


TAMPA, Fla. -- Dave Andreychuk added to his NHL career
record of power-play goals just in time.

His 255th was scored unassisted with 55 seconds left in
regulation as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for a 2-2 tie with
the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Andreychuk was falling forward as he snapped a shot over the
right shoulder of Jose Theodore while the Lightning had a 6-on-4
skating advantage.

"It's not one that I saw go in," Andreychuk said. "I was just
trying to stop the puck along the boards. I was going to go back
down low, but the (defense) gave me a chance to go out front with

Theodore admitted he made a mistake.

"He was falling. I didn't think he would have a decent shot,"
Theodore said. "I went down a little early and he just picked the

Saku Koivu had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, but he
was stopped by Nikolai Khabibulin on a penalty shot midway through
the third period.

"I did everything I wanted, to bring it from my backhand to my
forehand," Koivu said. "The puck wasn't sliding. The puck was too
close to my skates and I couldn't get it high."

Koivu broke a 1-1 tie with a wrist shot six minutes into the
second period. The Montreal captain has 20 points in 17 games and
four in two games against Tampa Bay this season.

Canadiens right wing Richard Zednik scored the only goal of the
first period, deflecting in Patrice Brisebois' slap shot on a power
play at 15:45.

Tampa Bay drew even on a power-play goal by Ruslan Fedotenko
2:21 into the second period. The Lightning outshot the Canadiens
20-6 in the second.

Theodore made 34 saves in his third start for Montreal since
Claude Julien replaced fired coach Michel Therrien on Friday. The
Canadiens have earned four of six possible points since.

Khabibulin is winless in five starts (0-3-2).

Game notes
Lightning C Vaclav Prospal served the first half of his
two-game suspension for a cross check to the head of Chris Neil in
Monday's victory over Ottawa. ... Grand Prix driver Patrick
Carpentier met with fellow Canadians from both teams Wednesday
morning. ... Lightning D Stan Neckar left in the second period with
a groin strain and is day-to-day. ... Tampa Bay D Dan Boyle
recorded his fifth assist in three games. ... The Lightning
recalled D Darren Rumble from Springfield (AHL) and placed RW Ben
Clymer (groin) on the injured list, retroactive to Jan. 14.