Lightning defeat Canadiens in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final, extend lead


TAMPA — Blake Coleman broke a tie with 1.1 seconds left in the second period, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat scored for the Lightning, who extended their lead in the series after a 5-1 victory in Game 1 on Monday.

Teams that win the first two games are 46-5 (.902) winning a best-of-7 Cup Final.

Nick Suzuki scored, and Carey Price made 20 saves for the Canadiens.

Game 3 is at Montreal on Friday.

Cirelli put the Lightning ahead 1-0 at 6:40 of the second period with a wrist shot from the point.

Suzuki tied it 1-1 at 10:36 on a power play. His backhand from above the face-off circles beat Vasilevskiy five-hole through a Corey Perry screen after it went off the sticks of Cirelli and defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Coleman gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with a diving goal at 19:58.

Barclay Goodrow started a rush when he got to the puck in the neutral zone after Canadiens forward Phillip Danault failed to control a pass. Coleman laid out to chip a saucer pass from Goodrow into the net.

Palat made it 3-1 at 15:42 of the third period. Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson turned the puck over behind the net, and Palat chipped it past Price on the short side.

The Lightning played without forward Alex Killorn, who sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 1.

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