Canadiens Top Lightning Again For 2-0 Series Lead
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, redeeming himself following a less than stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.
A second road victory in three nights sends the Canadiens home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Sunday.
Bourque and Desharnais scored in the second period after defensive breakdowns left Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback in tough situations. Gallagher made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal in the third period.
Bourque added his second goal at 14:39 of the third, rebounding his own shot before skating around the back of the net to beat backup goalie Kristers Gudlevskis.
Price lost his bid for a shutout when Teddy Purcell scored for Tampa Bay with less than two minutes remaining.
The Canadiens went 0 for 23 on the power play over their last eight games of the regular season and were 0 for 17 in five meetings with the Lightning before finally breaking through when Desharnais slipped the puck past Lindback for his first career playoff goal and a 1-0 lead.
P.K. Subban assisted on the goal, and then got another assist when Bourque took a pass from Thomas Vanek, split two defenders and skated in alone on Lindback to make it 2-0 at 10:35 of the second.
Lindback, filling in for the injured Ben Bishop, was lifted after Gallagher scored from the right circle at 11:46 of the third. Less than three minutes later, Montreal eliminated any prospect for a Lightning comeback when Bourque got his fifth career playoff goal in 12 games.
The Canadiens outshot the Lightning 44-25 in Game 1 and recovered after Price failed to protect a pair of third-period leads, taking the opener on Dale Weise’s first career playoff goal.