Rene Bourque inspires Montreal against Tampa Bay

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Rene Bourque and Carey Price were instrumental in the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night.

Bourque used his speed and size to split the defense and guide the puck past Lightning goaltender Andreas Lindback. David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher scored the other goals for Montreal.

Carey Price made 26 saves on the night to give his team an impressive two game series lead on the road. This game was completely different from the game against the Canadians.

The entire squad looked far more composed and disciplined in this game. Veteran defencemen Andrei Markov did a fabulous job limiting the time and space that Steven Stamkos had with the puck.

Stamkos had two players pressuring him all throughout the game. PK Subban was fired up all game long, yelling at the referee and antagonizing his opponents. At one point, he even got into a disagreement with his teammates and his assistant coach.

However, these events only seemed to benefit Montreal, as they fed off that energy and charged to victory. Subban tallied two assists on the night and eventually calmed down after talking to Markov.

This loss gives the Tampa Bay Lightning a huge mountain to climb. They now have to travel to the Bell Centre in Montreal down two games. Team morale will be extremely low as frustration continues to build for this team.

The team is really missing Lindback and lost their leading scorer Ondreaj Palat to injury in game one. In addition to that, there is now doubt as to which goaltender will start for Tampa Bay in game three.

Andreas Lindback was pulled at the end of the second period after conceding three goals on 23 shots. Kristers Gudleyskis came on in relief of Lindback, But Gudleyskis didn’t do much better conceding a goal late in the third period.

I really don’t see how the Tampa Bay Lightning can get out of this hole. The Bell Center is one of the toughest places to play in the regular season and even more so in the playoffs.

However, if the Lightning score early and silence the crowd, they may be able to win one game. The bottom line is, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has to have a big game, and Lindback has to steal a game, or it’s all over.

For the Montreal Canadians, the players have to keep their composure, stay disciplined and continue peppering Lindback with Shots. The energy from the home crowd will certainly go a long way to providing the players with a confidence boost as well.

The entire defensive core must continue shutting down Steven Stamkos. I can’t wait to see if Carey Price and company can take a 3-0 lead in the series at home.

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