Game #64

Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Times Forum – Feb. 28/2012 – 7:35pm


Game Notes –

….In their Southeast Division road trip the Canadiens have been outscored 8-3 margin in consecutive losses in Washington  Friday and Florida Sunday.  They have now lost four straight and  six of their last seven games.

…..The Lightning are going for their fourth consecutive home win.  They are opening a stretch of 10 of 12 at home.

…..Tampa has lost just once in regulation over the Canadien’s last eight visits to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

…..The Canadiens will have new acquisitions Blake Geoffrion (via the Hal Gill trade) and Brad Staubitz (via re-entry waivers from Minnesota) available for the game.

 ……Tampa Bay was active at the trade deadline adding defencemen Mike Commodore in a deal with the Detroit Red Wings as well as  Brian Lee from Ottawa and Keith Aulie from Toronto.  Commodore and Lee are expected to play Tuesday, while Aulie’s debut will be delayed because of visa issues.

……Including their own picks, Tampa Bay will have two first-round picks and  four in the second in the upcoming June draft.

……Martin St. Louis became only the fourth player in NHL history to register multiple hat tricks in a calendar month at age 36 or older. He joins Brett Hull (March 2003 at 38), Gordie Howe (Feb. 1969 at 40) and Jean Beliveau (Feb. 1969 at 37).  St. Louis  has six career three-goal games.

……The Lightning were unable to improve their goaltending at the trade deadline.  Former Canadien Mathieu Garon is 9-3-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average in his last 14 starts.   Dwayne Roloson has won just eight times in 22 starts and owns a career-worst 3.76 GAA after giving up all eight goals Saturday at Pittsburgh.

……Tampa Bay has a league-worst 3.37 team GAA after surrendering 15 goals on its just-completed 1-2-0 trip.

The Hard Cold Stats –

Season RecordCanadiens  (24-29-10)     Tampa Bay (28-28-6)

Last Ten Games –  Canadiens  4-5-1; Tampa Bay 5-4-1

Season Series- Third of four meetings.  Series tied at one.   Dec. 29 at St. Petersburgh -Tampa-4  Canadiens-3. Former Canadien Marc-Andre Bergeron and Vincent Lecavalier scored unanswered third period goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning came from behind.  Another former Canadien, J.T. Wyman scored his first NHL goal and added an assist.  Also  Steven Stamkos  For the Canadiens  Michael Cammalleri, David Desharnais and Erik Cole.  Canadiens outshot the Lightning 34-22.    Jan. 7 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Tampa-1.    For the first time in almost a month the Canadiens  managed to put back-back-wins together.  Michael Blunden, Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole scored for the Canadiens, who recovered for a 1-0 deficit when Vincent Lecavalier scored in the game’s fourth minute.  The three stars were Pacioretty, Carey Price and Lecavalier.

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost to Florida 4-2 Sunday, blowing a 2-0 lead.   Tampa came from Saturday’s 8-1 loss in Pittsburgh to beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, on Sunday at Newark on a Martin St. Louis hat trick.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (13-15-2)    Tampa at Home (18-9-2)

Goaltending – Canadiens –  Carey Price – 54GP (22-23-9) 2.40GAA  .915save%  4 shutouts.   Tampa Bay – Mathieu Garon – 44GP )20-16-4) 2.90GAA   .901save%  1 shutout

Who’s Hot –   Canadiens – David Desharnais – 2 goals and 8 assists over his last nine games. …   Tampa Bay – Steven Stamkos -6 goals and 7 assists over the last six games.   Teddy Purcell has four goals and nine assists during a career-high six-game point streak.

The Missing  Canadiens – Travis Moen (upper body), Mathieu Darche (dizzy spells) and Brian Gionta (biceps surgery). Andrei Markov (knee surgery)   – Tampa Bay – Vincent Lecavalier (IR-hand), Dana Tyrell (IR-knee surgery), Mattias Ohlund (IR-knee surgeries);  Marc-Andre Bergeron (IR-back); Victor Hedman (upper body); Ryan Shannon (upper body)