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Regular-Season Results: The Tampa Bay Lightning earned home-ice advantage over the Montreal Canadiens with a shutout win over Washington on the last day of the season. The Lightning finished the year with 101 points, compared to 100 for the Canadiens.
Season Series: Tampa Bay won three of four over Montreal, but only one game of the series was decided in regulation. The Lightning had one overtime win and each team won once in the shootout.
Where We Stand: The Canadiens lead the series 2-0 with an overtime win in Game 1 and a dominating victory in Game 2. The series now shifts to Montreal, with Game 3 on Sunday.
Knee-Jerk Reaction: Carey Price is winning the goaltending battle for Montreal so far, which means it's already desperation time for the Lightning.
Down 3-0 in the third period of Game 2, Tampa Bay pulled Anders Lindback and turned to Latvian Olympic sensation Kristers Gudlevskis in hopes of getting a lift in net while Ben Bishop is sidelined with injury, but still fell by a score of 4-1. Without Bishop and injured forward Ondrej Palat, Lightning coach Jon Cooper will need to make more bold moves to get his team into the series in a hurry.
The Canadiens played a near-perfect defensive game on Friday. They'll need to keep their focus when they return to the mad crowds at home. Three times in recent history, Montreal has taken a 2-0 series lead on the road in the playoffs, then failed to advance: in 1996 against the New York Rangers, 2006 against the Carolina Hurricanes, and 2011 against Boston.