MONTREAL (CP) - Guillaume Latendresse, the new favourite of the Bell
Centre crowd, had two goals and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens
downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-1 in NHL pre-season play Tuesday
His linemates Marcel Hossa and Radek Bonk each had a goal and three
assists as the trio was on the ice for five Montreal goals. Steve
Begin and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens.
Jim Cambell scored early for Tampa Bay, the defending Stanley Cup
champions who rested their top line of Martin St-Louis, Brad Richards
and Fred Modin.
The crowd of 18,323 shouted Guy, Guy, Guy when 18-year-old Latendresse
scored his goals - the same chant once used for former stars Guy
Carboneau and Guy Lafleur.
The six-foot-two Latendresse, who drew cheers for his physical play as
well as his offensive skill, was drafted in the second round in June
and has been a standout in camp thus far.
It was a shaky night for Tampa Bay's new goaltender signing Sean
Burke, who allowed six goals on 38 shots. The Lightning fired 26 at
Yann Danis and Jose Theodore.
While there were more penalties than in pre-lockout days, special
teams didn't dominate as for the most part and there were plenty of
scoring chances at both ends. There were 14 minor penalties called in
Campbell jumped on a giveaway to go to the net and score on his own
rebound 4:54 into the game.
Begin tied it at 11:52 on a feed from Plekanec and Hossa put Montreal
ahead when he banged in Bonk's rebound at 16:09. Latendresse
backhanded a rebound over Burke on a power play at 18:10.
Montreal was on another man advantage when Latendresse took a feed
from Hossa and beat Burke from in close 8:41 into the second frame.
Bonk made it 5-1 at 1:14 of the third on a rush with Latendresse and
Plekanec scored shorthanded at 4:27. Montreal improved to 2-0 in
the pre-season while Tampa Bay dropped to 1-1.