MONTREAL -- Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period, and Carey Price made 27 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series on Sunday.
Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game, and Brendan Gallagher broke a 1-1 tie 18:10 into the second period. P.K. Subban had two assists for the Canadiens.
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Ondrej Palat scored a power-play goal for the Lightning to tie the game at 1-1 at 8:39 of the second period, and Matthew Carle scored 11:36 into the third to give the Lightning hope for a comeback. Steven Stamkos assisted on both goals.
Tampa Bay had a goal waived off in the second period after referees ruled goaltender interference on Alex Killorn.
Stamkos left the game in the second period after taking a knee to the back of the head, but the Lightning captain returned to the ice early in the third.
Anders Lindback stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay.