MONTREAL -- With each game, the Tampa Bay Lightning are learning more about Stanley Cup Playoff hockey, what it takes to win, and themselves.
The Lightning are up 1-0 in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens after a 2-1 win in double-overtime at Bell Centre on Friday.
It was an impressive victory given that it came 48 hours after a Game 7 first-round win against the Detroit Red Wings.
That was a roller-coaster series. Neither team won back-to-back games until the Lightning, in another example of learning of how to win at this time of year, took Game 6 at Detroit and Game 7 at home.
Now they're drawing on that experience to try to win the first two games and take command against the Canadiens with a Game 2 win here Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).
"I think we learned a lot from, not only this whole season, but certainly in that first playoff series," Tampa Bay defenseman Matthew Carle said Saturday. "There were a lot of ups and downs. No team really took control of the series. No team won back-to-back games. It's something we dealt with all year, being able to respond to adversity."