|MTL||0||2||2||(null - null)||4|
|TBL||0||0||1||(null - null)||1|
TAMPA (NHL.com) - The Montreal Canadiens are heading home hoping they won't have to make a return trip here until next season.
The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 2-0, with Game 3 on Sunday at Bell Centre in Montreal (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN). Game 4 is Tuesday.
Price, after allowing four goals on the first 14 shots he saw in a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1, was a rock in the Montreal net. His best save came a little after the 15-minute mark of the second period, maintaining a two-goal lead with a post-to-post pad stop of Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette.
David Desharnais' first goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs snapped an 0-for-27 drought for the Canadiens power play dating to March 25.
Bourque's first goal of the game turned out to be the winner, a spectacular breakaway off a feed from Thomas Vanek that snapped a nine-game goal drought. Defenseman P.K. Subban had two assists for the Canadiens.
Brendan Gallagher scored his third playoff goal in his seventh game to make it 3-0 at 11:46 of the third period, ending the night of Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback.
Lindback, starting in place of injured Ben Bishop, stopped 20 of 23 shots and has allowed eight goals on 67 shots in the series for an .881 save percentage.
Lindback was replaced by Kristers Gudlevskis, who stopped his first shot by Bourque but allowed the next to go in. Bourque collected his rebound, wheeled around the net and scored on a wraparound with 5:21 remaining to make it 4-0.
The Lightning, playing without leading scorer and potential Calder Trophy nominee Ondrej Palat, played better than they did in Game 1 when they were outshot nearly 2-to-1. Tampa Bay began the game with purpose, taking the play to Montreal with nine shots on Price before the game was nine minutes old.
The Canadiens began to take over in the second period.
Desharnais opened the scoring at 2:34, tipping home a Subban shot on a goal that was assisted by Max Pacioretty, his first NHL playoff point.
Bourque made it 2-0 at 10:35 when he took a no-look pass from Vanek in stride in the neutral zone, split Lightning defensemen Eric Brewer and Sami Salo, and beat Lindback after he missed a pokecheck.
The Canadiens were up 4-0 in the third period when Teddy Purcell broke Price's shutout with 1:59 to go.
|PPG - David Desharnais (1) ASST: P.K. Subban (1), Max Pacioretty (1)|
1 - 0 MTL
|Rene Bourque (1) ASST: Thomas Vanek (1), P.K. Subban (2)|
2 - 0 MTL
|Brendan Gallagher (1) ASST: NONE|
3 - 0 MTL
|Rene Bourque (2) ASST: Lars Eller (2)|
4 - 0 MTL
|PPG - Teddy Purcell (1) ASST: Victor Hedman (1), Valtteri Filppula (1)|
4 - 1 MTL
|Steven Stamkos Hi stick - double minor against Brandon Prust|
|Rene Bourque Too many men/ice - bench|
|Richard Panik Hooking against Daniel Briere|
|Brandon Prust Fighting (maj) against Radko Gudas|
|Radko Gudas Fighting (maj) against Brandon Prust|
|Brandon Prust Roughing against Radko Gudas|
|Radko Gudas Holding against Brandon Prust|
|David Desharnais Tripping against Valtteri Filppula|
|Alex Killorn Holding against David Desharnais|
|Cedric Paquette Cross checking against Thomas Vanek|
|Thomas Vanek Roughing against Cedric Paquette|
|Cedric Paquette Misconduct (10 min)|
|Lars Eller Hooking against Richard Panik|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:38|
|Saves: 26||EV: 26 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .963||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 3||TOI: 5:48|
|Saves: 2||EV: 2 - 3|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .667||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 23||TOI: 51:46|
|Saves: 20||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .870||SH: 0 - 0|