Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Montreal Canadiens Again
UNDATED (AP) — Ben Bishop and Tyler Johnson have been Tampa Bay's best players in these Stanley Cup playoffs. They also were the stars Wednesday night as the Lightning took a three-games-to-none lead against Montreal in the second round.
Johnson scored with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the Lightning past the Canadiens 2-1. Johnson's eighth goal of the playoffs came after Bishop stopped 30 shots and blanked the Habs until Brendan Gallagher beat him midway through the third period.
Bishop has surrendered just four goals in the first three games of the series.
Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay, which can clinch the series on Thursday night.
Like the Lightning, the Washington Capitals are within one victory of reaching the Eastern Conference finals. The Caps have a 3-1 lead in the second round after Andre Burakovsky scored the tying and winning goals in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Burakovsky beat Henrik Lundqvist late in the second period and tallied again 24 seconds into the third.
Braden Holtby handled 28 shots and blanked the Rangers after Derick Brassard scored at 6:12 of the middle period.
The Rangers will try to avoid elimination when they host Washington on Friday.
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