Rene Bourque scored the fastest playoff-opening goal for the Canadiens in almost 37 years and Carey Price came up with 27 saves, and Montreal is one victory away from a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning after an 3-2 win in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal set on Sunday.
Brendan Gallagher added a goal and one assist, while Tomas Plekanec also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who can advance to the conference semifinals with another positive decision in Tuesday's Game 4 on home ice.
P.K. Subban contributed a pair of helpers for Montreal, which hasn't played in the second round since reaching the Eastern finals in 2010.
Anders Lindback made 28 saves in the setback.