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Goalie report: Carey Price was back to his durable, quietly reliable self. All he did was make save after save, which was especially important early, when the game could have gone either way. Anders Lindback wasn't great, allowing three goals, so he was replaced by Latvian national team hero Kristers Gudlevskis. That last sentence pretty much says it all for Tampa. Boy, the Lightning sure do miss Ben Bishop.
Key moment: Rene Bourque's dipsy-doodle goal in the second period was a thing of crazy-legs beauty, putting the Habs up 2-0 at a key time and defusing the Lightning.
What it means: The Canadiens are sitting pretty, heading back to their discotheque of a barn up 2-0 in the series. The momentum is all Montreal's.
-- Paul Grant
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Goalie report: The Red Wings and Bruins both played well defensively, making sure there were not many good scoring chances. But Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask came through when called upon. Late in the third period, just before the game-winning goal, Howard made a crucial save on a Milan Lucic deflection in front of the net. Howard ended with 25 saves in the shutout, and Rask stopped 23.
Key moment: Is there a more impressive player than Pavel Datsyuk? Datsyuk carried the puck into the Bruins' zone with three defenders on him, then beat Rask glove side with a 30-footer from near the left circle. It was Datsyuk's 37th career playoff goal.
What it means: It is time for the Bruins to show their championship fiber. The Red Wings are young and talented. No one is picking them to win this series, so they can play loose and be dangerous. Boston isn't just favored in this series, they are a favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Going to Detroit down two games would put a lot more pressure on this team.
-- Sarah Goldstein
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Goalie report: Ducks rookie Frederik Andersen continues to play above his level of experience. The 24-year-old Danish goalie stopped 34 shot attempts in just his second postseason start. His Dallas counterpart Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 shots and gave up a short-handed goal in the third period to Andrew Cogliano.
Key moment: The Ducks pinned the Stars in their end for a solid 2½ minutes late in the second period, taking advantage of the aging legs of almost-42-year-old Ray Whitney and just-turned-40 Sergei Gonchar. The Stars finally got the puck out of their end and managed to keep the pressure on the Ducks for a stretch, but Tyler Seguin made an errant pass across Dallas' blue line to Jamie Benn, who was drifting away from the puck. Benn could only tip the rubber as it skidded in front of him, not enough to prevent Corey Perry from swooping in and taking possession with a full head of steam motoring toward the Dallas goal. Trevor Daley was between Perry and Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Perry cocked and blasted the puck from just inside the right circle, past Lehtonen on the stick side for a 2-1 lead the Ducks would not relinquish.
What it means: The Ducks had to hold off some late pressure from the Stars -- including a power play that began with three minutes left, giving Dallas a two-man advantage for the final 30 seconds when it pulled its goalie -- but Anaheim owns its first 2-0 series lead since the opening round of the 2009 playoffs against the San Jose Sharks and has won two straight playoff games for the first time since winning Games 2 and 3 of the following series against the Detroit Red Wings, a series the Ducks would eventually lose in seven games.
-- Dan Arritt and ESPN.com staff
Ducks 3, Stars 2 (Ducks lead series 2-0) * Ryan Getzlaf (ANA): Goal and Assist for 2nd straight game; 20th career multi-point playoff game * Ducks: won 1st 2 games of a playoff series for 1st time since 2009 Conference Quarterfinals vs Sharks (won 4 games to 2) * Stars: lost 6 of last 8 playoff games * Stars: outshot Ducks 36-19
Red Wings 1, Bruins 0 (Red Wings lead series 1-0) * Pavel Datsyuk (DET): GW goal in 3rd period; 37th career postseason goal * Jimmy Howard (DET): 25 saves; 3rd career SHO in playoffs; 21st career playoff win * Teams last met in playoffs in 1957 (BOS won 4-1) * From Elias: Datsyuk's goal at 16:59 of the 3rd period was the latest regulation-time goal ever by a Red Wings player to snap a goalless deadlock in a playoff game.
Canadiens 4, Lightning 1 (Canadiens lead series 2-0) * Canadiens: last led series 2-0 in 2011 vs BOS (led 2-0, both on road) lost in 7 * Rene Bourque (MTL): 2 goals; first career multi-goal game in the playoffs * From Elias: Bourque is the first Canadiens player to register a multi-goal game in the playoffs after not scoring two goals in a game during the preceding regular season since Mike Ribeiro tallied two goals in Game 4 of Montreal's first-round series against the Bruins in 2004