Thomas Vanek one-timed a shot from the point and Max Pacioretty shuffled the rebound through the legs of Kristers Gudlevskis. That goal sealed the 4-3 win and four game sweep by the Montreal Canadiens over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night, the first series to finish in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

From start to finish, Montreal dominated this series on all fronts. They saw offence from all four lines, received strong defensive play from all skaters and got world class goaltending. In this article, I’m going to look at three players who were instrumental in getting Montreal to the second round.

Carey Price continued his career season with four solid games against the Lightning. Starting in overtime of game one, Price brought back memories of the Olympics with calm movement in the crease and good rebound control. In four games he posted a 0.904 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average. Montreal had a big edge in net.

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