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Bolts snap mini-skid with win over Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) -- Sean Burke gave the Tampa Bay Lightning the kind
of goaltending they're going to need to have any chance to defend
their Stanley Cup title.

Burke made 31 saves and Montreal-area natives Vincent Lecavalier
and Martin St. Louis scored to lead Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory over
the Canadiens on Monday night.

The Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak to move a point
ahead of Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with
72 points.

Burke lost his shutout bid when Mike Ribeiro scored a power-play
goal with 2:22 remaining, but the Lightning held on for their
second win in seven games.

"Every night you have a new opportunity and tonight was nice
just to put some of that other stuff behind us," the 39-year-old
Burke said.

Lecavalier scored his 28th goal 11:52 into the second, ending
Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet's shutout streak at 163 minutes, 11
seconds.

"We really played 60 minutes, and we played hard for 60,"
Lecavalier said. "They played a great game. They had some great
chances, great opportunities, it was a good hockey game for both
sides. Both teams were working really hard and it happened that
this we came out on top and we'll definitely take that."

Making his 14th consecutive start, Huet was coming off
consecutive shutouts, including a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers
on Saturday night.

St. Louis, the NHL's leading scorer and MVP in 2003-04, scored a
short-handed goal with 17 seconds left in the second to reach 20
goals for the third straight season.

"We haven't won too many 2-1 games lately so it's nice to get
those and feel confident," St. Louis said.

Montreal had won two straight and earned points in 11 of its
previous 12 games.

"That's a tough loss," Huet said. "They're a direct opponent
for a spot in the playoffs and we let that one slip away in the
second period."

Lecavalier opened the scoring midway through the second when he
took Vaclav Prospal's pass on a 2-on-1. Huet appeared to stumble as
he cut across his crease to adjust to Lecavalier and then collapsed
to the ice when Lecavalier's shot beat him.

"I saw somebody behind me so I just shot right away,"
Lecavalier said. "I didn't even know. I guess Some guys told me
that he kind of tripped a little bit, so I guess it was good luck
for me."

On St. Louis' goal, Huet got a piece of the shot but not enough
as the puck hit off his left shoulder and popped behind him.

Burke, who was 0-3 in his last four games with a 5.13 GAA and an
.810 save percentage, made 17 saves in the third as the Canadiens
outshot the Lightning 18-9.

Game notes
The Lightning avoided a season series sweep. The Canadiens,
who won the first three meetings between the two teams this season,
have swept a season series from Tampa Bay once. Montreal won each
of its four games against the Lightning in 1997-98. ... Montreal
has allowed four short-handed goals this season.