Lightning take early 1-0 lead over Canadiens in Game 1

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 . . .

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