Lightning begin Cup quest on Wednesday versus Montreal

The Lightning were 3-0-1 against the Canadiens this season.

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning will enjoy home-ice advantage against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

With a 1-0 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday, the Lightning finished with 101 points in the Atlantic Division, one more than the Canadiens. Tampa Bay’s 46 victories this season tied a franchise record (2003-04 and 2010-11), and their point total ranks third all-time.

The best-of-seven series begins Wednesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum, and Game 2 will be held Friday at the same site before the series shifts to Montreal.

The complete first-round schedule is as follows:

FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
Game 1
April 16 – at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 2
April 18 – at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 3
April 20 – at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 4
April 22 – at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 5*
April 24 – at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 6*
April 27 – at Montreal, TBD
Game 7*
April 29 – at Tampa Bay, TBD
* — if necessary

The Atlantic Division rivals played four times this season, with the Lightning winning three of the four contests. Tampa Bay’s only loss came in a shootout.

The Lightning posted a 2-0 record in Montreal and were 1-0-1 in Tampa Bay.

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