Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 home victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Danny Briere, Brendan Gallagher, and Lars Eller.
Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman pulled the Lightning within one goal three minutes into the third period, and Tyler Johnson tied the game three minutes later.
Lightning backup goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis replaced Anders Lindback after Gallagher's goal 5 minutes, 42 seconds into the second period.
Pacioretty was parked in front to bang the rebound of Thomas Vanek's shot past Gudlevskis and thrill the 21,273 spectators. A tripping penalty on Cedric Paquette with 2:11 left put Montreal on the power play, and Pacioretty got only the Canadiens' second power-play goal of the series.
Tampa Bay's rookie-laden lineup could not keep pace with Montreal. The Lightning also played the series without No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop, who has a left-arm injury.
Bruins 3, Red Wings 0 - Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout to give Boston a road win in Detroit for a two-games-to-one lead in the playoff series.
Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period, and Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the game. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Bruins are ahead for the first time in the opening-round series. And it seems like a commanding lead the way Boston has played the last two games.
Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for the Red Wings, who needed him to make what appeared to be a routine stop midway through the first period on the first goal. He couldn't.
Hamilton's wrist shot from the top of the right circle beat Howard's glove on a power play after Detroit had too many men on the ice.
Detroit had a five-on-three power play for 35 seconds midway through the second period and could not take advantage.
Ducks lose blue-liner
Anaheim defenseman Stephane Robidas wound up in a hospital with a broken leg Monday night, just as he did the last time he played in Dallas when he was still with the Stars.
Robidas had to be helped off the ice after his right leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him and knocked him to the ice early in the second period of the Ducks' 3-0 loss in Game 3 of a first-round series. Anaheim leads the series, two games to one.
- Associated Press