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Habs Rip Lightning For 2-0 Series Lead

Added April 18, 2014 by Levi Watkins

The Montreal Canadiens took Game 1 of their best of seven series against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a hard fought overtime victory. Their game two win was much easier and significantly more decisive. After a scoreless first period the Canadiens scored twice in both the second and third periods to open up a 4-0 lead before eventually settling for a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay. The Habs are in great position to advance to second round as Games 3 and 4 will be on their home ice at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Tampa Bay is playing without starting goalie Ben Bishop who is nursing an injured elbow. Anders Lindback had been playing fairly well in relief but was not in good form on Friday, allowing 3 goals on 23 shots before being pulled and replaced with rookie Kristers Gudlevskis who quickly allowed a goal to Rene Bourque. The hope before the series started was that Bishop would be able to return to action fairly quickly but the latest update from Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper was that his starting goalie wouldn’t be ready to play ‘anytime soon’.

Montreal had no problems in goal, however, getting a great performance from Carey Price who would be named the game’s first star. Game three of the series is set for Tuesday night.

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