010027Game #44

Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 18/2013 – 7:35pm


Game Notes –

….The Canadiens have been outscored 18-8 in losing three straight games.  It’s their second three game losing streak of the season: the first time they’ve lost three in a row in regulation.

….It was a shootout win over Tampa Bay February 12th that stopped the last Canadiens three game losing streak. In that game the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead in the third before David Desharnais scored the shootout winner.

….They are tied with Boston in points for second in the Eastern Conference but Boston has a game in hand.  Boston will host Pittsburgh Friday night and then Florida Sunday.  In their final week it’s @Philadelphia Tuesday; home to Tampa Bay Thursday; @Washington Saturday and home to Ottawa Sunday.

…After allowing two goals or fewer in regulation in 10 of their previous 13 games, the Canadiens have  given up 5, 7 and 6 iover the  past three.

….The last time TampaBay was in the top eight in the Eastern standings was February 27th.  They started the season with a 6-1-0 record.  Since then have won 11 of 36 games (11-21-4).

…Tampa is eight points behind the 8th place Rangers with five games remaining.  Playoff elimination for the fifth time in the last six years will come if they trail by nine points after Thursday’s games.

….Against the Lightning the Canadiens have won three straight and six of the last eight overall.  Tampa has lost three in a row and five of the lat seven at the Bell Centre.

….Jon Cooper took over from Guy Boucher on March 29th.  They are 2-4-3 in their last nine games and have lost four in a row overall and five in a row on the road.

….The Lightning have allowed 28 goals their last seven games.

….Alex Galchenyuk is currently the Canadiens hottest scorer with five goals and 3 assists in his last eight games.  He is now within three points of the rookie scoring lead held by Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau.

….Max Pacioretty has six goals and four assists in his last eight games against the Lightning.  However, overall he has scored goals in only three of his last 21 games; one of his last eight.

….Brian Gionta has three goals and two assists in his past five against Tampa.

….With 19 wins, Carey Price is within three of the League-leaders.

….Despite the face that the Canadiens were down 3-0 when Price came in the Pittsburgh game, he was charged with the loss thanks to the goal Andrei Markov scored with 11 seconds remaining.  Under questionable NHL rules, while the Canadiens never came close to recovering from the early deficit created while Peter Budaj was in goal, the Canadiens were outscored 4-3 while Price was in the game.

….Vincent Lecavalier scored four goals his first seven games.  In the next 36 games he has five.  He has seven years remnaining on a no-trade contract with a cap hit of 7.72 million.  (Remember when Bob Gainey was ready to give up Tomas Plekanec and Josh Gorges to get him in 2009?).  He will probably be bought out in June.  Against the Canadiens he has 19 points his last 19 games although only one assist in two games this season.

….In order to address their goaltending problems the Lightning have given up four draft picks and rookie of the year candidate Cory Conacher.  They gave up two 2nd round 2012 choices and a third rounder in 2013 for Anders Lindback.  For Ben Bishop Conacher went to Ottawa along with a 4th rounder in 2013.  They also gave up goaltending prospect Dustin Tokarski to the Canadiens for veteran Cedrick Desjardins.

….TampaBay has used four different goaltenders this year: Lindback, Bishop, Desjardins and Mathieu Garon.

….Ben Bishop will start for TampaBay.  Since being acquired from Ottawa April 3rd he has started eight of nine game and  is 2-3-1 with a .916 save% and a 3.13GAA..  Bishop is 2-0-1 with a 1.25 goals-against average in three career starts against Montreal, all while part of the Senators. .Bishop was the winning goaltender in an Ottawa shootout win over the Canadiens earlier this season.

….The Canadiens are 6-1-1 in the second of a back-to-back this season, with Budaj playing six of the second games. Price won each end of his only two-in-a-row set, Feb. 2-3.

….West Islander  and former Lac St. Louis Lion  Alex Killorn will play his first game at the Bell Centre as an NHLer but not his first game ever in the building.  During the lockout he played for Syracuse at the Bell Centre November 9th against the Hamilton Bulldogs.   Killorn, who graduated from Harvard, was called up from Syracuse on February 10th.  Despite playing only 33 games, Killorn is tied for ninth among NHL rookies with 18 points.

….Steven Stamkos has two goals  over his last eight games and has fallen a goal behind Alex Ovechkin’s 28 goals in the Rocket Richard Trophy race.  Stamkos won the award last year.

….Martin St. Louis and Stamkos are tied for second in the scoring race with 53 points.  They trail the injured Sidney Crosby by 3 points.

….Against the Canadiens defenseman Sami Salo has three goals and four assists in his last 7.  St. Louis has seven assists his last seven games vs. Montreal.

Game Statistics –

Season Records – TampaBay – (17-22-4)   Canadiens  (26-12-5)

Last Ten Games –  TampaBay 3-4-3    Canadiens 5-5-0

Season SeriesThird of three games.   @Tampa Bay Feb.12  Canadiens-4 Tampa-3   The Canadiens had a 3-0 lead entering the third period on goals by Gionta, Subban and Moen.  Victor Hedman scored twice and Sami Salo scored with 46 seconds left to tie the game.  The Canadiens ended a three game losing streak when David Desharnais scored in the shootout.  @Tampa Bay  Mar. 9  Canadiens-4 Tampa-3  The Canadiens score 3 third period goals to come from behind.  Brendan Gallagher broke a 3-3 tie at 12:03 of the third period. Gionta and Emelin also scored in the third period.  Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens.  Stamkos, Sami Salo and Ryan Malone for the Lightning.  Cedrick Desjardins in goal for the Lightning.  Price for the Canadiens. 

Home/Road – Tampa on the Road – 6-14-2     Canadiens at Home – 13-6-3.

Goaltending – Tampa Bay – Ben Bishop – 7 GP (2-3-1) 3.14GAA   Canadiens – Carey Price – 35GP  (19-11-4)  2.54GAA – 3 shutouts.

Special Teams – Power Play –  Tampa Bay ranked 13th  29/152  19.1%   Canadiens ranked 5th  39/178   21.9%    Penalty Killing –  Tampa Bay ranked 23rd   29/141  79.4%   Canadiens ranked 17th   29/155  81.3%.

Who’s Hot –  Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos – seven pts. over his last eight games., Martin St. Louis -10 points in his past eight games.    Canadiens – Alex Galchenyuk -five goals over seven games.  Max Pacioretty – five points in the past four.

InjuriesTampa Bay D-Mathias Ohlund (IR-knee surgery); C-Tom Pyatt (concussion). G-Anders Lindback (IR-high ankle sprain)     Canadiens – RW- Michael Ryder (upper body); D-Alexei Emelin (IR knee surgery); D-Raphael Diaz (IR-concussion); RW- Colby Armstrong (IR-knee); C-Ryan White (suspended)


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