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(VIDEO) Pacioretty, Habs sweep Tampa Bay; Ron MacLean trolls Quebec, apparently

The Montreal Canadiens surged to a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning in front of their home crowd on Tuesday night, with Max Pacioretty burying the winner in the final minute of regulation.

"I knew, this was my chance and I had to step up," Pacioretty said after the game. His winner was his first goal of the series. "I've been getting frustrated lately and the only thing keeping me sane is the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring.

"Obviously, when you just kinda let it go and you realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment and that's what happened."

Pacioretty's goal game towards the end of a Montreal powerplay, a tripping call handed out to Tampa's Cedric Paquette.

In Game 3, the Habs won with the help of a disallowed goal, a controversial call that took away a go-ahead marker from Ryan Callahan. The Lightning were upset about the call, a matter which Ron MacLean addressed on last night's Hockey Night in Canada when he said he wouldn't have put a French-Canadian ref into Game 4, which the NHL did with last night's official, Francois St. Laurent.

"So you're saying there should never be a French referee in Quebec," HNIC panelist Elliotte Friedman asked MacLean.

"Just this time, after what happened in Game 3," MacLean replied.

After receiving a load of flack on Twitter – from angered fans who were offended by MacLean's comments – MacLean apologized.

"It's divisive anytime you become about French and English in our country, and I certainly didn't intend to go down that path," MacLean said. "I wouldn't have sent an Alberta referee in to do an Alberta game, had an Alberta official been involved in a tough Game 3."

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