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Lightning strikes twice for Lecavalier against Habs

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Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - scored a pair of goals for the second straight game to lift the Tampa Bay to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at the St. Pete Times Forum. Lecavalier, a Montreal native, also netted a pair of goals in Tampa Bay's 4-0 victory in the series-opener. He did not register a point in the first-round series against the New York , but has five points in the opening two games of this set.

, who made 21 saves in the Game 1 shutout, stopped 26 shots in this one. also scored for the , who have won five in a row and head to Montreal for Game 3 of this best-of-seven series on Tuesday with a 2-0 advantage.

scored the lone goal for the and made 26 saves. Theodore finished this game after being pulled during the third period of Friday's opener.

Montreal is in familiar territory, having also lost the first two games of its opening-round series against Boston before coming back to win it in seven.

The took a pair of penalties in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the contest, as went off for roughing at 1:34 and joined him in the box after a cross-check at 2:25. The wasted no time and cashed in on the two-man advantage to grab a 1-0 lead.

Just 10 seconds after the penalty to Souray, Lecavalier scored his first goal of the contest. Theodore made a great left pad save on near the right post, then turned aside a rebound chance by St. Louis. The puck was still loose in the crease and Lecavalier was able to poke it under the netminder.

Modin then scored his fourth of the playoffs at the 8:33 mark for a 2-0 lead. fired a shot from the slot and Theodore made the save, but the puck trickled behind the netminder and Modin was free to swat it home.

"They were trying to throw the body around a little more," said Tampa Bay's about Montreal's early play. "After we went up 2-0, they saw it wasn't working and they started getting away from that."

The got on the board with 3:20 left in the opening period on a power-play goal by Koivu. Khabibulin stopped a shot from the right circle by , then turned aside Koivu's first rebound chance, but the Montreal captain got another whack at the puck and knocked it home for his third goal of the post-season.

Montreal dominated play for most of the second period, but Tampa Bay scored the only goal of the stanza as time was winding down.

banged the puck off the boards to clear his own zone and Lecavalier wound up with it at the Montreal blue line with a clear run into the zone along the right wing. He raced into the right circle and snapped a wrister past Theodore on the glove side for a 3-1 lead with just 2.4 seconds to play in the period.

"That goal really killed them," said Taylor. "Going down two with 2.4 seconds left really took the wind out of their sails."

Khabibulin kept the off the board in the third with eight saves.

Each team was 1-for-3 on the power play.

St. Louis has four assists in the series. Koivu has a league-best 11 points in the playoffs.

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