Bolts Up 2-0 On Habs

Apr 25, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Vincent Lecavalier scored twice for the second straight game as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a two wins to one lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Montreal Canadiens with a 3-1 victory.

"We're up 2-0," Lecavalier said. "The Canadiens are not a team that gives up. We have to focus on getting a win."

Lecavalier didn't get a point in the first-round series against the NY Islanders, but he has scored four in two games against the Canadiens.

"Vinny has elevated his game, but not from a spectrum of playing poorly against the Islanders," Tortorella said. "I think he did some good things, but the numbers were not on the stat sheet."

"Against the Islanders, nothing went," Lecavalier said. "It wasn't that I was playing bad. I'm playing the same way."

The Canadiens try to bounce back as the series moves to Montreal for Games Three and Four.

"We know we can do it, but we also know that we're going to have to adjust our game because if we play like the first 10 minutes tonight, it's going to be tough to win some games," Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore said.

Flyers Win Game 2
Robert Esche continued stellar performances stopping 26 shots and lifting the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs and a two games to none lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

"Esche seems like he's on a mission of proving he's the goalie of the future," Flyers forward Jeremy Roenick said. "He's in a zone."

"We have to find ways to make good scoring opportunities for ourselves," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "We have to find ways to get the results we want. If we can't find them, we have to make them."

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