by Alan Spector

"There's no use feeling sorry for ourselves right now.  We have to dig deep here." 

Those were the words of Lightning star Steven Stamkos after Tampa Bay lost to Montreal, 4-1 on Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and fell behind 2-0 in their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stopped 26 shots and had a shutout going until the Lightning's Teddy Purcell scored with 1:59 to play.

Stamkos said of Price, "We knew he's a great goalie...we have to get a lot of scoring chances, a lot of shots, if we want to beat this guy."

Meanwhile, Montreal got two goals from Rene Bourque and one each from David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher.

The best-of-seven series continues with Game 3 Sunday in Montreal.

In other state sports news...

  • After spotting the Yankees an early 4-0 lead, the Rays' dormant offense came alive and Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-5 win over New York Friday night at Tropicana Field.  James Loney was the Rays' hitting star, stroking a two-run double in the fourth inning to cut the Yanks' lead to 4-2, then singling home two more runs in the seventh to put Tampa Bay in front, 6-5.  Going into Friday night, the Rays had scored only 16 runs in their 10 previous games.
  • At Miami, Giancarlo Stanton made up for an error earlier in the game with a walk-off grand-slam homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Marlins an 8-4 victory over Seattle Friday night.  Stanton had allowed the Mariners to score two unearned runs in the second inning when he let Dustin Ackley's single get by him in right field.  Michael Saunders, who had been on first base, came around to score and Ackley rounded the bases and scored standing up.  That tied the game at 2-2 and it was 4-all when Stanton launched his 407-foot game-winning blast.