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Game preview: Lightning @ Canadiens – Game 2

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

LIGHTNING @ CANADIENS - GAME 2 (Tampa leads series 1-0)

The Canadiens will look to even things up in their series against the Lightning in Game 2 of the Conference semifinals.

The first tilt between the two teams took place on Friday night, a game the Lightning took by a score of 2-1 in double overtime. Despite getting numerous scoring chances early in the outing, it was the Lightning who struck first in Game 1, with Tyler Johnson getting his seventh of the postseason to get the Bolts on the board. Max Pacioretty sent the crowd into a frenzy with just over five minutes to go in regulation when he beat Ben Bishop with a wrister to tie the game and force overtime. Nikita Kucherov potted the winner in double-OT to give Tampa a 1-0 lead in the series.

The first game between the two teams was a goaltender’s duel, with Bishop and Carey Price each putting up stellar performances, with 44 and 35 saves, respectively.

Johnson and Jeff Petry left the game for brief moments, but both returned to action and will be in the lineup on Sunday. No lineup changes are expected for either team, although Lightning coach Jon Cooper confirmed that he plans on inserting Jonathan Drouin into the lineup at some point in the series.

The Habs will play a Sunday playoff game in front of their home crowd for the first time since a 3-2 win over the Lightning on April 20, 2014. Michel Therrien’s troops won both of their Sunday night games in Ottawa in the first round of the 2015 Playoffs.

The teams will have a few days off following Game 2, with the third game of the series scheduled to take place in Tampa on Wednesday night, at Amalie Arena.

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