After twice blowing two goal leads, the Canadiens get three unanswered in the third period and rack up a rarity: a home-ice win.
Third period goals by Andrei K, Kyle Chipchura and MICHAEL RYDER (two tonight!)
They’re undefeated at the Bell Centre in 2008.
Facing an unaccustomed scrum of cameras and microphones in the winning room, Ryder modestly talked about "just hanging around, looking to find room" in front of the Tampa Bay net for the second-period laser that brifly made it 3-1.
"We all want (Ryder) to go well," said Alex Kovalev. "I’m happy to see him get his confidence back. Everybody’s been in his shoes before, going a long time without a goal. Then you get the feeling and touch back."
Four of Canadiens’ six goals – including all three in the third period – were scored at even-strngth.
"We can’t wait for power plays," Kovalev said. "We have to work hard 5-on-5 and get our confidence.
"After the second period in the llockerroom everybody knew we didn’t work in that period. They scored good goals, but we mostly gave them the goals. We knew if we played the third period like he first, we’d score goals."