MONTREAL – Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night by scoring a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory — and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.
The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller.
Pacioretty, who scored 39 goals in the regular season, was in front of the net to knock in Thomas Vanek’s rebound for his first goal of the series.
“It’s a great feeling,” Pacioretty said. “I’ve been in a bit of a drought since the end of the year. I’ve been getting opportunities and missing my chances.”
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Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman reduced Montreal’s lead to 3-2 at 3:29 of the third period and Tyler Johnson tied the score at 6:31.
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.
Montreal’s Carey Price made 20 saves.
It was the Canadiens’ first sweep of a series since beating Buffalo in four games in 1993 en route to the last of their record 24 Stanley Cups.
Marleau connects in OT for Sharks
LOS ANGELES – Patrick Marleau scored on a backhand 6:20 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks moved to the brink of the second round with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to take a 3-0 lead in their West first-round series.
Marleau, a former standout for the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds, ended the game with his third goal of the series. His shot banked off Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s stick on its way past Jonathan Quick, who made 36 saves.
Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots for the Sharks.
The Kings were the league’s best defensive team during the regular season, but they have allowed 17 goals in the first three games of this series while scoring eight.
Bruins 3, at Red Wings 0
Tuukka Rask had a 23-save shutout to help Boston take a 2-1 lead over Detroit in their first-round East series.
Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period, and Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the game.
Jimmy Howard made 31 saves for the Red Wings, who have been outscored 7-1 the last two games.
Rangers 4, at Flyers 1
Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Dan Carcillo scored for New York. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead over Philadelphia in the East series.
Mark Streit scored for the Flyers.