Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak would start the scoring for the Lightning in the first period. Cernak rushed the net and got the puck past goalie Carey Price. It was Cernak’s first goal of the postseason.
Yanni Gourde put Tampa Bay up two goals in the second period with his sixth.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev checks Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) on the ice during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
The Canadiens made it a game in the second period, cutting the lead to 2-1. Ben Chiarot would be credited with the score.
But two goals from Nikita Kucherov and another from Steven Stamkos in the third period put a damper on any hope for the Canadiens.
Tampa Bay won the first game in two of their three playoff series and went on to win each of them. The Canadiens lost the first game in the Western Conference Final but managed to salvage a series win.