by Alan Spector

The Tampa Bay Lightning's season is over.

The Montreal Canadiens finished off a four-game sweep of the Bolts with a 4-3 victory last night. Max Pacioretty's power-play goal with 43 seconds left sent the Habs to into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller also scored for Montreal.

The Lightning came back to tie the game in the final period on goals by Victor Hedman three minutes in and Tyler Johnson three minutes later. Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay.

After Gallgher's goal 5:42 into the second period, the Lightning switched goalies as Kristers Gudlevskis replaced Anders Lindback. Lindback surrendered three goals on 20 shots, while Gudlevskis stopped all but the winning shot.

In other state sports news...

  • David Price dominated Minnesota as the Rays beat the Twins 7-3 at Tropicana Field last night. Price pitched his first complete game of the season, striking out 12 and walking only one. David DeJesus broke out of an 0 for 24 slump, going three for three and driving in three runs.
  • At Atlanta, Jose Fernandez and Steve Cishek combined on a three-hit, 1-0 shutout of the Braves. Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings. .He got all the offense he would need as Giancarlo Stanton doubled in the fourth inning and scored on Casey McGehee's single.
  • The Miami Heat will try to go up 2-0 in their NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinal series as they host the Charlotte Bobcats at 7 o'clock tonight.
  • The Gators men's golf coach is retiring after 27 seasons. 61-year-old Buddy Alexander is stepping down June 30th.