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Habs dominate Lightning to take first two games on road, control of series

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Habs dominate Lightning to take first two games on road, control of series

TAMPA, Fla. - Rene Bourque scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 to take a two-game lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens while P.K. Subban chipped in with two assists.

Teddy Purcell scored a power-play goal for Tampa Bay, spoiling Carey Price's shutout bid at 18:01 of the third period.

Price made 26 saves, while Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback stopped 20 shots. Kristers Gudlevskis, the Latvian goalie who made 55 saves to put a scare into Team Canada in Sochi, replaced him and allowed a goal on three shots.

Desharnais opened the scoring for Montreal at 2:34 of the second period on the power play, and Bourque added his first of the game eight minutes later.

Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 3-0 advantage with his goal halfway through the third. Bourque scored his second of the night on a wraparound at 14:39.

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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh