Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos ended his scoring drought and the Lightning's power play came to life with four goals — at the expense of the reeling Montreal Canadiens.
Stamkos scored his first goal of the playoffs and Tampa Bay beat the Canadiens 6-2 on Sunday night in Montreal to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
"I don't know if it was more relief that he scored or the power play scored, so it was kind of the whole compilation of Alka-Seltzer," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
Nikita Kucherov scored twice on power plays, Valtteri Filppula, Victor Hedman and J.T. Brown added goals, and Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the Lightning.
Jeff Petry and Tom Gilbert scored for Montreal. Carey Price allowed the most goals he has all season, finishing with 18 saves.
"We're doing a lot of good things, but we have to find a way to finish around the net," Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said.
Game 3 is Wednesday night at Tampa Bay.
The Lightning power play went 4-for-8 after scoring only twice on 34 chances.
"We had a lot of movement, we made smart decisions, we shot the puck hard," Cooper said. "When you're making tape-to-tape passes, you're giving yourself a chance."
Anaheim 3, Calgary 0: Frederik Andersen made 30 saves in his first career postseason shutout, Matt Beleskey scored in the first period and the Ducks remained unbeaten in the playoffs with a victory over the Flames in Anaheim, Calif., in Game 2 of their second-round series.
Hampus Lindholm scored his first career playoff goal with 8:45 to play for the Ducks, who have followed up their first-round sweep of Winnipeg with two solid victories over the Flames.
Nate Thompson added an empty-net goal as Anaheim won six consecutive playoff games for the first time since 2006. Game 3 is Tuesday in Calgary.
Prust rips ref
Montreal forward Brandon Prust said referee Brad Watson insulted him repeatedly in the first period of Game 2 after a roughing penalty.
"I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let [Watson] know on the way to the penalty box," said Prust, who ended the game with 31 minutes of penalties and a game misconduct. "He kept provoking me. He came to the box and called me every name in the book."
Prust claims he did nothing wrong to bring on Watson's exchange of words, though he was given an extra minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"Said he'd drive me right out of this building," Prust said. "… That's the ref he is. He tries to play God."