Habs One Win From Grounding Lightning
Montreal — Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period and the Montreal Canadiens moved one win away from advancing to the second round of NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.
Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can sweep the Lightning with a win Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game after a rousing pregame show and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay got a scare at 16:09 of the second period when scoring star Steven Stamkos fell and was struck in the head by Alexei Emelin’s knee, but he returned for the third period.
And the Lightning were outraged when the officials waived off an apparent goal by Ryan Callahan at the 15:38 mark of the second because of Alex Killorn’s incidental contact with goalie Carey Price.
Montreal outshot Tampa Bay 31-29.
Play had just started after fans joined Quebec singing star Ginette Reno for the Canadian anthem P.K. Subban bounced a puck up the middle that Bourque collected just inside the Tampa line and beat Anders Lindback only 11 seconds into the game.
The Canadiens lost a chance to take command early when Mark Barberio got four minutes for high-sticking Brian Gionta, but Lindback and the Lightning came up with the penalty kill.
The Lightning had perhaps their best period of the series in the second and tied the game at 8:39 on their first man advantage. A Stamkos shot went off Mike Weaver’s skate to Palat in the slot for his first playoff goal.
After seeing Subban prevent what looked like a Tampa Bay goal by batting the puck out of the air in the crease and then having a Tampa goal disallowed, Subban put on a show by taking the puck around the net and passing to Gallagher for his second of the series at 18:10.
Flyers 4, Rangers 2
New York — Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and backup Ray Emery made 31 saves for Philadelphia, who rallied to beat New York to even their first-round playoff series.
Schenn put Philadelphia in front after Game 1 goat Jason Akeson tied it 2-2 earlier in the period. That was enough for the Flyers to snap a nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden and send the series to Philadelphia tied at 1.
Game 3 is Tuesday night.
Jakub Voracek brought the Flyers within 2-1 in the first after Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot staked New York to the early two-goal lead. Emery did the rest, looking especially sharp in the second and third periods while subbing for injured No. 1 goalie Steve Mason.