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Montreal Skates Past Tampa Bay 5-2 - Recap

Erik Cole scored twice to lead the Canadiens over Tampa Bay 5-2 on Wednesday at Bell Centre.

Montreal was favored by -110 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.

Montreal got goals from Erik Cole (2), Max Pacioretty (2), and Alexei Emelin in the victory. Emelin opened the scoring at 2:11 of the first period.

Peter Budaj stopped 14 of 16 Tampa Bay shots in the victory.

Tampa Bay got goals from Vincent Lecavalier and Bruno Gervais in the loss, but it wasn't enough.

Sebastien Caron stopped 20 of 25 shots for the Lightning, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

Montreal scored 1 time on 4 chances on the power play, while Tampa Bay went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Tampa Bay lost the shots on goal battle to Montreal by a margin of 25-16.

Montreal heads into a battle against the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, will have their next action against Toronto.