The Montreal Canadiens have kept their hot play going in game three of their first round playoff series versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Teams always talk about a fast start, and tonight the Candiens came out blazing. Rene Bourque scored his third goal of the playoffs just 11 seconds in to the game after getting in behind the Lightning defense after a long pass from P.K. Subban.
Ondrej Palat who missed game two with an upper body injury tied the game for the Lightning midway through the second period.
The Lightning almost took the lead with four minutes remaining in the second period but the goal was waved off due to a goaltender interference call on Alex Killorn.
Lightning star forward Steven Stamkos left the ice early after getting tangled up with the Canadiens Brandon Prust before taking a knee to the head from Alexei Emelin.
With under two minutes remaining in the second period Brendan Gallagher scired his second of the post season to put the Canadiens back up by a goal.
The Canadiens enter the third period with the 2-1 lead.
Shots after 40 minutes are all tied up at 20-20.
The Canadiens are looking to go up 3-0 in the series after winning the first 2 games on the road.
Despite the lead in the series the team is taking it one game at a time, knowing all to well what can happen in the playoffs. Most recently the Habs were up 2-0 on the Boston Bruins in 2011 after winning on the road only to fall short in game seven losing in overtime on a goal by Nathan Horton.
You can listen to the game live now on TSN 690 Montreal.
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