Lightning 4, Canadiens 1
MONTREAL (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lightning scored three third-period goals to remain undefeated for the season against Montreal with a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens on Monday night.
Brian Bradley, Mikael Andersson and Michel Petit, with his second of the game, scored in the final period for Tampa Bay, which ended its season series against Montreal at 3-0-1.
Pierre Turgeon scored for Montreal (21-19-6), which lost for the first time in six games (2-1-3).
Tampa Bay, which was starting a three-game road trip, improved to 20-18-7, only one point behind Montreal for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Canadiens outshot Tampa Bay 39-26 but were thwarted by Tampa goaltender Daren Puppa.
Defenseman Robert Dirk lasted only 12:17 into his first game with the Canadiens since he was acquired Sunday from Anaheim for minor leaguer Jim Campbell.
Dirk was hit from behind by Tampa Bay forward Allan Egeland and crashed head first into the end boards. Dirk was helped from the ice with a bruised left shoulder and went to a hospital for X-rays.
It was the first NHL game for Egeland, 22, who was called up Sunday from Atlanta of the IHL. Egeland escaped without a penalty on the play.
The Lightning kept the Canadiens in their zone from the opening faceoff and Petit chipped a point shot that fooled goaltender Pat Jablonski for the game’s first goal at 1:27.
Lyle Odelein was turned back after breaking in alone twice before Turgeon picked up a loose puck in the corner and banked a shot in off a sprawled Puppa at 4:26 of the second period.
The Lightning were on a power play when Bradley teed up the puck in the left faceoff circle and beat Jablonski with a low drive, 7:09 into the third period.
Petit had a point shot trickle past Jablonski at 11:00 and Andersson lifted his own rebound over the fallen goaltender at 13:09.
The Lightning are now 6-3-1 against Montreal since joining the NHL four seasons ago.