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Bourque playing at high level for Canadiens in the playoffs

Rene Bourque
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According to TSN, the Montreal Canadiens have a 3-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning with an opportunity to sweep the series on Tuesday evening when the two Atlantic Division foes face each other in Montreal for game four. A major reason for the Canadiens' success in the last two games of the series, has been the outstanding play of former Calgary Flame Rene Bourque.

Bourque, a native of Lac La Biche, Alberta, only had nine goals in 63 regular season games this season. But in three playoff games so far, he has three goals and leads the Canadiens with 15 shots (including eight in game three). His latest goal was the opening goal for the Montreal Canadiens' in their 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. His goal was magical because it came only 11 seconds into the hockey game.

According to TSN, Don Kozak of the Los Angeles Kings has the record for scoring the fastest goal to start a game. Kozak set the record in 1977 when he scored six seconds into the contest in a 7-4 win against the Boston Bruins in game four of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins went on to win the series 4-2.

Speaking of the Bruins, another former Calgary Flame had a strong playoff outing on Sunday. Veteran Jarome Iginla registered two assists in a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. With the victory, the Bruins and Red Wings are now tied at one game apiece with game three slated for the Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday evening.

The only other former Flame to score in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs to date is Lee Stempniak. Last night in Columbus, Stempniak scored the game tying goal for the Penguins in a 4-3 win. His goal, which tied the score at 3 at the time, came at 7:03 of the third period and helped orchestrate a remarkable comeback. Pittsburgh scored three unanswered third period goals after trailing 3-1 in the third period. The Penguins lead that Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 2-1.

Meanwhile, a former Calgary Flame draft pick is making an impact in St. Louis. Right winger Adam Cracknell, who was the Flames' ninth round pick in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft, scored a goal in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. The Blues, who lead the series 2-1, acquired Cracknell as an unrestricted free agent from the Flames in 2009.

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