Montreal was able to build off of strong starts to win Game 4 and 5 of its second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canadiens don’t have that luxury tonight.
After a bad turnover by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec, Nikita Kucherov was able to tip in Ondrej Palat’s shot to beat goaltender Carey Price at 15:35 of the first period:
That was Kucherov’s fifth goal of the series. He now has nine points in 13 playoff games in 2015.
The Lightning were able to carry that 1-0 lead into the first intermission. They also outshot Montreal 13-6 in that frame and had a 12-8 edge in hits.
Tampa Bay has held the lead just three other times after 20 minutes in the 2015 playoffs, but the squad was able to win all of those contests.