Lightning beat Canadiens handily in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

The Tampa Bay Lightning answered several questions Monday night in their quest for a Stanley Cup repeat.

How effective would leading scorer Nikita Kucherov be after missing all but one shift of Game 6 in the last round?

Could their spectacular power play connect against the Montreal Canadiens' even more impressive penalty killing unit and could they solve goalie Carey Price?

Kucherov scored twice and Steven Stamkos connected on the power play in the third period as the defending champion Lightning piled on for a 5-1 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

They got the puck past Price with deflections and screens.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period.

"I think that's the key, going on the inside, driving the net and taking his eyes away," said Yanni Gourde, who got his stick on a Blake Coleman shot to deflect the puck past Price in the second period.

Game 2 will be Wednesday night in Tampa.

The Lightning are looking to become the first team to repeat as champions since the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.

A look at Game 1:

Lightning's top line thrives

Kucherov's first goal was on a Montreal own goal, but he wristed a shot past Price for a 4-1 lead after a Tampa Bay faceoff win.

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