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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.

Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday