Fans thought Montreal made a mistake by trading away playoff hero Jaroslav Halak, but so far Carey Price has played himself back into their hearts.
Stars center Mike Ribeiro suffered a throat contusion and is expected to miss up to six weeks.
The Lightning confirmed they had indeed paid the star center a $500,000 bonus that was due to him by Jan. 15. A report in French newspaper La Presse in Montreal suggested the payment was in jeopardy.
Phil Housley, a seven-time All-Star defenseman who has spent two decades in the NHL, re-signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.