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Canadiens Tie Lightning, 2-2

January 23, 2003

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Dave Andreychuk scored an unassisted power-play goal 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 snapped a shot over the right shoulder of Jose Theodore while the Lightning had a 6-on-4 skating advantage.

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

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).

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. ... Tampa Bay has won just once in seven games (1-3-2-1). ... 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. ... Tampa Bay D Dan Boyle recorded his fifth assist in three games.

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