Found January 07, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
MONTREAL (AP) -- Mike Blunden and Max Pacioretty scored in the second period, Carey Price made 23 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Saturday night. Erik Cole scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season, on the power play with 17 seconds remaining, to seal the Canadiens' second straight win. Montreal, which won for the third time in 10 games, got consecutive victories for the first time since Dec. 10-13. Vincent Lecavalier scored early in the first for Tampa Bay, which lost its third straight in Canada. The Lightning were outscored 14-5 in the losses at Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Blunden scored his first NHL goal in 21 months to tie the score 5:44 into the second and Pacioretty got his 12th goal 93 seconds later. Tampa Bay's skid follows a 3-0 homestand that capped a run of five wins in seven games (5-1-1). Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos ended a five-game goal-scoring streak. He had eight goals during that stretch to take over the league lead with 28. Mathieu Garon stopped 25 shots for the Lightning. Canadiens captain Brian Gionta returned after missing 11 games because of a lower-body injury. Ryan Malone and Brett Connolly were back for Tampa Bay. Malone missed the first two games of the Lightning's trip with a lower-body injury. Connolly played his first game for the Lightning since Dec. 8 in his return from the world junior championships, where he helped Canada win a bronze medal. Blunden drew Montreal even at 1 with a backhand from the left side that slipped between Garon's pads. He last scored for Columbus in a 4-3 loss in Detroit on Apr. 7, 2010. Pacioretty put the Canadiens up 2-1 at 7:17. Just moments after Price stuck out his pad to deny Martin St. Louis, Pacioretty took a long lead pass from P.K. Subban and settled down a bouncing puck before snapping a low shot past Garon inside the right post. Lightning coach Guy Boucher used his timeout after Pacioretty's goal. Lecavalier tipped Dominic Moore's shot from the right corner past Price 3:24 into the game for his 15th goal. Montreal had a pair of goals waved off in the second. Tomas Plekanec was called for high-sticking before he scored 1:57 into the middle period. Canadiens center Lars Eller, who had a four-goal, five-point game on Wednesday night, had an apparent goal waved off at 8:35. A video review confirmed the ruling that he had directed the puck into the net off his right skate. NOTES: Lightning LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie played his first NHL game. He was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Friday. ... Connolly missed 11 games. ... Blunden, who began his career with Chicago in 2006-07, has three goals and three assists in 69 games overall. ... Canadiens C Petteri Nokelainen was left out of the lineup for the first time in 39 games.

Flames acquire center Jones from Lightning

The Calgary Flames have acquired center Blair Jones from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. Jones has appeared in 78 career NHL games, including 22 this season with Tampa Bay. The 25-year-old had two goals and two assists. ''Flames general manager Jay Feaster called Jones ''a good-sized centerman and someone we feel will fit in well here....

Lightning, Tampa Bay Times Forum launch 'Epic Ticket Giveaway'

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Brendan Mikkelson will set out to toughen up Tampa Bay Lightning blue line

Brendan Mikkelson’s nurturing in the AHL is done, for now. The  defenceman for the Abbostford Heat, affiliate to the Calgary Flames, is packing his backs for Tampa Bay, to help fill the void in some patches in the vulnerable Lightning blue line. All right, the crease is pretty vulnerable in Tampa Bay, too. But, regardless, Tampa Bay is allowing a league-worst 3...

Flames acquire C Jones from Lightning

The Calgary Flames acquired center Blair Jones from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday for defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. Jones collected two goals and two assists in 22 games this season with the Lightning. Mikkelson recorded three goals and 12 assists for Abbotsford this campaign. The 24-year-old has notched six assists in 86 career NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks and Flames.

Connolly receives high praise for performance at World Juniors tournament

     Tweet   It’s one thing for Brett Connolly to be praised by his own head coach and Tampa Bay Lightning teammates, but quite another to be called ...

Tampa Bay Lightning midseason report

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Tampa Bay Lightning player rep Dominic Moore: There are solutions to realignment impasse

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New defenseman has whirlwind day

Around 8 a.m. local time Friday, D Brendan Mikkelson received a phone call from Calgary assistant general manager Mike Holditch. Given the injuries to Calgary's blue line, Mikkelson figured he would be getting called up from Abbotsford in the American Hockey League to play for the big club.

Flames acquire center Jones from Lightning

The Calgary Flames have acquired center Blair Jones from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Brendan Mikkelson.

Tampa Bay Lightning trades Blair Jones to Calgary Flames for defenseman

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Flames swap Mikkelson for Tampa Bay's Jones

The Calgary Flames have acquired forward Blair Jones from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Brendan Mikkelson.

Flames acquire center Jones from Lightning, deal D Mikkelson

The Calgary Flames have acquired center Blair Jones from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Brendan Mikkelson.

Halak comes back

Tweet BROSSARD – Carey Price gives his take on squaring off against Jaroslav Halak for the first time on Bell Centre ice. When ...
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