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Canadiens vs. Lightning 2015 results: Montreal lives on with 6-2 rout

The Canadiens avoided elimination with an emphatic win.

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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper called his team's effort in Game 3 "ludicrous." One can only imagine what he'll call his team's performance after getting routed, 6-2, by the Montreal Canadiens in a potential series-ending Game 4.

The Lightning were thoroughly outplayed at home in the loss, getting outshot, 40-24, in their worst loss of the postseason. Ben Bishop started the game but was pulled in the second period after giving up three goals on just 14 shots. It was the first time the Canadiens beat the Lightning this season in nine tries.

Montreal wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. A deke and dance by P.K. Subban atop the offensive zone led to an opening goal by Andrei Markov, followed shortly by a shorthanded goal from Max Pacioretty. Tampa Bay managed to stop the bleeding for a time, even evening up the shot advantage before the period ended.

But the game got away from them soon after. Bishop was yanked and replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy when he let a weak shot by David Desharnais past him midway through the second. Vasilevskiy then proceeded to give up two goals in the span of 15 seconds to Jeff Petry and Brendan Gallagher. The Canadiens were up, 5-0, in front of a stunned crowd at Amalie Arena.

Tampa Bay cheered their home crowd up a bit in the third, scoring twice to counter Montreal's sixth goal, by Brandon Prust. But it was too little, too late and they will play a Game 5 as the series goes to 3-1.

3 things we learned

1. Ben Bishop has to be better

Throughout the postseason, the Lightning starting goalie has shown a propensity for shaky play when the going gets rough. When the leaks start to show, the floodgates open. The same proved true on Thursday, as he was pulled after three goals on just 14 shots. If the Lightning are to advance to the next round, they need better netminding.

2. So does Steven Stamkos

When Stamkos finally registered his first goal of the playoffs in Game 2, it seemed like a sign that he would quickly return to racking up goals at the same torrid pace as the regular season. Instead, Stamkos hasn't scored since, with no shots on net in his last two games. To put it bluntly, that's unacceptable play from one of the league's elite players in the postseason.

3. Pacioretty is still a shorthanded machine

The Canadiens' best forward showed in Game 4 that you need to cover him at all times while he is penalty killing. Pacioretty was fifth in the NHL with three shorthanded goals in the regular season, and he tallied his first of the postseason on Thursday when Nikita Kucherov let him slip behind coverage for a breakaway.