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Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) celebrates with teammates Michael Bournival (49) and Tomas Plekanec (14) after scoring the third goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during second period NHL playoff action on Tuesday in Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) celebrates with teammates Michael Bournival (49) and Tomas Plekanec (14) after scoring the third goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during second period NHL playoff action on Tuesday in Montreal.
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MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.


The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.


Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman pulled the Lightning within one goal three minutes into the third period, and Tyler Johnson tied the game three minutes later.


Lightning backup goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis replaced Anders Lindback after Gallagher’s goal 5:42 into the second period. Lindback gave up three goals on 20 shots, while Gudlevskis stopped 16 of 17 shots in relief.


Pacioretty was parked in front to bang the rebound of Thomas Vanek’s shot past Gudlevskis and thrill the 21,273 spectators. A tripping penalty on Cedric Paquette with 2:11 left put Montreal on the power play and Pacioretty got only the Canadiens’ second power-play goal of the series.


Montreal posted its first sweep since taking out Buffalo out in four straight in 1993 en route to the last of its record 24 Stanley Cups.


Tampa Bay’s rookie-laden lineup could not keep pace with Montreal. The Lightning also played the series without No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop, who has a left arm injury.


For a second straight game, the Bell Centre was at a fever pitch. And while it took Rene Bourque only 11 seconds to score the first goal in Game 3, this time it took 2:24 for Briere to open the scoring.


Bruins 3, Red Wings 0


DETROIT — Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout to give the Boston Bruins a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night for a 2-1 playoff series lead.


Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period, and Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the game. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins are ahead for the first time in the opening-round series. And, it seems like a commanding lead the way Boston has played the past two games.


Detroit has to win Game 4 on Thursday night to avoid facing elimination when the series shifts back to Boston.


Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for the Red Wings, who needed him to make what appeared to be a routine stop midway through the first period on the first goal. He couldn’t.


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