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Bourque leads Canadiens to 2-0 series lead

Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
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According to TSN on Friday, former Calgary Flame Rene Bourque scored twice Friday evening as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. With the victory, the Canadiens take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Bourque's first goal came at 10:35 of the second period from Thomas Vanek and P.K. Subban. It would put Montreal up 2-0 at the time and also be the game winning goal. Bourque would then put the game out of reach for Tampa Bay when he scored a third period goal from Lars Eller that made the score 4-0.

An interesting note is that Bourque's second goal came on Latvian native Kristers Gudlevskis, who was making his playoff debut. Gudlevskis was the Latvian goaltender who was stellar in Canada's narrow 2-1 win over Latvia in the quarterfinal of the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Subban meanwhile was one of three Canadian Olympic gold medalists who had an impact Friday evening. Subban registered two assists in Montreal's win over Tampa Bay, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were on the scoresheet in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Dallas. Getzlaf registered a goal and an assist, while Perry had the game winning goal with 3:45 left in the second period. With the win, the Ducks take a 2-0 Western Conference quarterfinal series lead.

Getzlaf, who also was a former member of the Calgary Hitmen, who share the Scotiabank Saddledome with the Calgary Flames, was playing with a lacerated face. Getzlaf was stitched up significantly after blocking a shot with his jaw in Anaheim's game one victory.

In other action Friday, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 on a game winning goal by Pavel Datsyuk with 3:01 left in the third period. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was also stellar in net as he made 25 saves for the third playoff shutout of his National Hockey League career. Detroit leads that Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 1-0.