P.K. Subban did what he does best as he stickhandled through the Lightning zone, circled behind the net and came out to set up Brendan Gallagher for the go-ahead goal at 18:10 of the second period. The goal gave Montreal a 2-1 lead and they went on to beat the Lightning 3-2 Sunday night at the Bell Centre. The victory gave Montreal a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. The finishing touches: Tomas Plekanec scored on a shot from the side boards to give the Canadiens a 3-1 lead at 5:43 of the third period. That became the winner when Matthew Carle beat Carey Price on a screened shot at 11:36. Price made 27 saves as he ran his playoff record to 3-0 with a 2.12 goals-against average. Lightning storm: Tampa Bay gained the momentum in the second period when Ondrej Palat tied the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal at 8:39. Mike Weaver blocked a shot by Steven Stamkos, but the puck went to Palat in the high slot. The Bolts thought they had a go-ahead goal at 15:38 when Ryan Callahan put the puck in the net, but the officials ruled that Lac St. Louis alumnus Alex Killorn interfered with Price moments earlier. Killorn crashed into the net after his shot went off the crossbar. Tampa Bay went 1-for-2 with the extra man, while the Canadiens went 0-for-5. Bon départ: Rene Bourque had eight shots on goal and stunned the Lightning on the first shift of the game. Valtteri Filppula won the opening faceoff from Lars Eller, but the Canadiens regained the puck and Subban found Bourque going through the neutral zone. Bourque, who has three goals in the last two games, breezed past Victor Hedman and Carle before beating Anders Lindback with only 11 seconds gone off the clock.
Habs put home-ice stranglehold on Lightning
Montreal Gazette | Apr 21