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Author: Ron Reusch

HABS PRACTICE REPORT – SATURDAY

The Canadiens held their final full practice before the start of the Eastern Conference final series against the Flyers which starts tomorrow in Philadelphia.

No sign of Andrei Markov, who was probably feeling the effects of a full workout yesterday on that wonky knee of his.

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BULLDOGS TAKE 1-0 LEAD IN AHL-WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Brock Trotter’s second goal of the game at the 14 second mark of overtime gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 3-2 win over the Texas Stars in the opening game of the AHL’s Western Conference final.

The winning goal came on a too-many-men on the ice penalty that carried over from regulation time. At no time in the game did Texas have the lead in the game. Texas is a farm team of the Dallas Stars.

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EAST FINAL-CANADIENS VS. FLYERS – The Season Series Review

It will be the Canadiens against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference final on Sunday night. The Boston Bruins led the series 3-0 and blew that and then had a 3-0 lead in game seven and and blew that. In the end, a late too-many-men on the ice penalty gave the Flyers a man advantage and the game winning goal. Sound familiar?

Now it’s on to the Conference final in 48 hours at the Lacovia Centre in Philadelphia. The first time ever a seventh seed (Philadelphia) will meet an eighth seed in a conference final. The Canadiens split their 4 game season series against the Flyers during the regular season, each team splitting home games.

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NHL ANNOUNCES EAST CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE

The NHL announced two schedules for the Eastern Conference final series. The Boston Bruins will host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight to decide which team will play the Canadiens starting Sunday night.

If the Bruins host the Canadiens there will be two days off between games one and two in Boston and games three and four will be played Friday night and Sunday afternoon at the Bell Centre. The afternoon game is to facilitate the NBC television network.

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THREE REGULARS MISS FRIDAY PRACTICE

Four players missed the first practice following the series win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. Dominic Moore, Hal Gill and Josh Gorges took a therapy day along with Paul Mara, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Andrei Markov took part in his first full practice since the knee injury that sidelined him in game one against the Penguins. He worked alongside his regular late season partner Ryan O’Byrne.

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