Tampa Bay scored four goals on four consecutive power play shots, putting away the Canadiens for good and eliminating the normally formidable Montreal home crowd advantage.
Montreal took the initial lead midway through the first period when defenseman Jeff Petry scored his first career playoff goal. But Tampa Bay finished the period well when Valtteri Filppula scored with 24 seconds left to tie the game.
The Lightning would dominate the game from that point on. Steven Stamkos split two defenders and scored his first goal of the playoffs midway through the frame, followed soon after by a 4-on-3 power play goal from Nikita Kucherov. When the Canadiens went on the penalty kill again late in the period, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman scored to extend his team's lead to three.
Kucherov added another in the third off a pass from the ailing Tyler Johnson. Tom Gilbert finally scored Montreal's second goal of the game shortly afterwards, but it was too little too late as the Lightning held on for a 6-2 win and 2-0 series lead.
3 things we learned
1. Stamkos is on the board.
It took nine games, but the Lightning captain and elite NHL scoring threat finally got his first goal of the playoffs. It was a beauty of a goal, and you have to wonder if the floodgates will open now that the monkey is off his back. We've seen how threatening the Lightning offense is when he isn't scoring. Montreal probably doesn't want to imagine what will happen if he goes streaking.
2. Tampa Bay's offense carved up the Canadiens.
The penalty kill really let down Montreal in Game 2, allowing three goals in the first two periods. The two in the second period were particularly impressive feats of passing ability by the Lightning, including this Kucherov goal that looked like a video game.
3. Montreal's power play dries up again
Any hope of the Canadiens keeping pace with Tampa Bay offensively died with each failed power play that passed by on Sunday. Montreal went 0-for-3 in Game 2 and are still the second-worst playoff team on the man advantage.