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Light­ning pour it on, take 2-0 se­ries lead

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Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the play­offs, and the Light­ning beat the Cana­di­ens 6-2 on Sun­day night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries.

Nikita Kucherov scored twice on power plays, Valt­teri Filp­pula, J.T. Brown and Vic­tor Hed­man added goals, and Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the Light­ning, who went 4-for-7 on the power play, while the Cana­di­ens went 0-for-3 to fall to 1-for-26 in the post­sea­son.

Carey Price al­lowed the most goals he has all sea­son, fin­ish­ing with 18 saves.

Filp­pula and Hed­man also scored with the man ad­van­tage as Tampa Bay got its first power-play goals since Game 2 of its se­v­engame open­ing se­ries against the Red Wings.

Stamkos used a for­tu­nate bounce to go in on a break­away and deke Price 8 min­utes, 6 sec­onds into the sec­ond for a 2-1 lead.

Flames en­joy break: Hav­ing two days off be­tween the first two games of their West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal felt like a long time, but Flames for­ward Joe Col- borne said the break might work to his team’s ad­van­tage. The Ducks opened with a 6-1 rout of the Flames on Thurs­day, and the wait for Sun­day’s Game 2 in Ana­heim gave the Flames time to ad­just and im­prove. Or so they hoped.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how we lost,” Col­borne said. “We have an op­por­tu­nity to go home with a tied-up se­ries.”

Flames coach Bob Hart­ley put Karri Ramo in goal in­stead of Game 1 starter Jonas Hiller. It was Ramo’s first play­off start.

 ?? RYAN REMIORZ/AP ?? Light­ning cen­ter Steven Stamkos, left, cel­e­brates his sec­ond-pe­riod goal.
RYAN REMIORZ/AP Light­ning cen­ter Steven Stamkos, left, cel­e­brates his sec­ond-pe­riod goal.

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