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Coleman, Vasilevskiy help Lightning take 2-0 series lead

Stanley Cup Hockey
Posted at 11:16 PM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-01 07:56:24-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Stanley Cup Final two games to none after beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1on Wednesday night.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made a playoff career-high 42 saves to keep the defending champions in the game and Blake Coleman scored the Game 2 winner on a highlight-reel diving buzzer beater in the second period.

Montreal outshot Tampa Bay 43-23 and was the better team for much of the night. But the Lightning beat Carey Price three times and showed they can lean on great goaltending and score opportunistic goals much like the Canadiens.

Game 3 is Friday night in Montreal.