The Canadiens scored early and hung on late to take a commanding 3-0 lead in this quarter-final series.
Rene Bourque, who's been sensational, opened the scoring 11 seconds into the game. And the Canadiens dominated the first 10 minutes of the opening period.
But Tampa Bay didn't quit.
A power-play goal by Ondrej Palat tied it and Ryan Callahan had a go-ahead goal waved off when the zebras called Alex Killorn for interference on Carey Price.
Brendan Gallagher restored the Canadiens' lead, capping a brilliant play by P.K. Subban at the end of the second period.
The sublime Tomas Plekanec scored less than six minutes into the third, but the visitors got a Matthew Carle goal to make it 3-2 and set up a tense final eight minutes.
The Canadiens go for the sweep Tuesday night.
Plekanec scores a big one
Tomas Plekanec, playing a brilliant 200-foot series, cashed a pass from Brandon Prust to give the Canadiens a 3-1 lead early in the period.
The Lightning got a Matthew Carle point-shot goal at 11:36 to set up a very hairy final eight-plus minutes.
An Ondrej Palat power-play goal, scored with dismaying ease, got Tampa Bay back into the game.
With the Canadiens in total disarray, a Ryan Callahan shot found its way into the net.
But it was waved off on the dubious call that Alex Killorn had somehow interfered with Price.
Late-period heroics by P.K. Subban set up Brendan Gallagher for a go-ahead goal that came against the flow of play.
The Lightning had a 12-7 shot advantage.
Who is that number 17?
It took Rene Bourque all of 11 seconds to get the Canadiens on the board.
The Conn Smythe candidate was sprung by a superb P.K. Subban pass.
Shortly theereafter, the Canadiens had a four-minute power-play.
The visitors settled down as the period progressed, but the Canadiens had a 13-8 shot advantage.
Having dropped the first two games of the series on home ice, Tampa Bay needs a win in Game 3.
But the Bell Centre, one of the NHL's more raucous venues, will be rockin' and rollin' in support of the hometown Canadiens.
The atmosphere should be electric on Easter Sunday evening, as the Canadiens marketing mavens promise pre-game playoff pyrotechnics to pump up the capacity crowd.
Through their long and (mostly) glorious history, the Canadiens are 49-5 in playoff series they've led 2-0. But they have managed to squander three of the last four 2-0 series leads.
It should be a good one.
Puck drops 7:10ish.
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