TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Erik Cernak’s first career playoff goal has the Tampa Bay Lightning off to a strong start against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.
The defending champions lead 1-0 at the first intermission after Cernak, a defenseman playing in his 46th career postseason game, beat Carey Price from the slot off a pass from Ondrej Palat at 6:19 of the opening period.
Playoff goals leader Brayden Point also assisted for Tampa Bay, which has never won Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Final.
Price is making his Stanley Cup Final debut in his 14th season with the Canadiens. He is the first goaltender in league . . .