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Canadiens Top Lightning Again For 2-0 Series Lead

FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
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TAMPA, FL - APRIL 18:  Nate Thompson #44 of the Tampa Bay Lightning reacts as the Montreal Canadiens celebrate in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 18, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL – APRIL 18: Nate Thompson #44 of the Tampa Bay Lightning reacts as the Montreal Canadiens celebrate in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 18, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

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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.

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