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Canadiens say better defence will be key to continued success against Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. – Carey Price concedes that failing to protect a pair of third-period leads is not a formula for success in the NHL playoffs.

The Montreal Canadiens won the opening game of their series against Tampa Bay without a stellar performance from one of the league’s top goaltenders, and they know they will have to be much better defensively the rest of the way against the Lightning.

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Price shared the NHL’s third-best save percentage during the regular season, and then allowed four goals in Tampa Bay’s first 14 shots in Game 1. The Canadiens still managed to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, with unlikely offensive hero Dale Weise scoring his first career playoff goal for a 5-4 overtime win on Wednesday.

Game 2 is Friday night.