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Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay

St. Pete Times Forum – April 16, 2014 – 7:05pm


Game Notes

….These teams met in the Stanley Playoffs only once in 2004. After a tough seven game series against Boston, the Canadiens lost four straight to Tampa in the Eastern semi-final. They were outscored 14-4. Tampa went on to win it’s only Stanley Cup.

…..Only Andrei Markov and Francis Bouillon from the current team played in that series.

…..The teams met four times this season, Tampa winning three. Three games were decided in overtime and the last game was clinched on an empty net goal.

…..The Canadiens took three of a possible four points at Tampa (1-0-1). In the Canadiens two home losses, one loss came in overtime, the other in a shootout.

…..Before losing 3-1 April first the Canadiens had won three straight at Tampa.

…..The Lightning finished the season with a 25-10-6 record at home. The Canadiens on the road were 23-15-3.

…..Even without Steven Stamkos for 45 games, Tampa was able to average 2.83 goals per game, ninth highest total in the league. The Canadiens ranked 21st at 2.55.

….Carey Price was 34-20-5 over 59 games this season. He set career highs in GAA (2.32) and save percentage (.927).

….Against Tampa this season, Price allowed only six goals for a 1.41 goals against average and a glittering .956 save percentage.

.Price’s playoff record has been spotty. In 30 games his record is 9-17 with a 2.90 GAA  and save percentage of .905.

….In four career playoff games, Max Pacioretty has failed to score a single point. He comes off a career best 39 goals and 60 points in 73 games.

….Thomas Vanek finished with 15 points (6g, 9a) in his 18 games with the Canadiens. Combined with his records with the Sabres and Islanders, Vanek had 27 goals and 68 points in 78 games.

….In 36 career playoff games, all with the Islanders, Vanek has 15 goals and five assists

….Anders Lindback was 8-12-2 with a 2.90GAA and an .891 save percentage this season. He was named the NHL’s first star for the season’s final week after a 3-0-0 record, 0.67 GAA and a .975 save percentage.

.Lindback has played against the Canadiens once in his career, stopping 31 of 34 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss on Feb. 12, 2013 at Tampa. The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead in the third period in that game before David Desharnais won it in the shootout.   Gionta, Subban and Moen scored for the Canadiens. Eller had two assists.

…..The 6’6” Lindback has been in one playoff game, 13:14 in third period relief of Nashville Predators starter Pekka Rinne in game four of the 2011 opening round series with Anaheim.    Rinne had given up 3 goals in the first 3:46 of the third period prompting the goaltending change.  Rinne stopped all 9 shots he faced in Anaheim’s 6-2 win.   Rinne came back and Nashville won the final two games of the series.  They were beaten by Vancouver in the next round.

…..Ben Bishop who’s elbow injury will keep him out of at least the early part of the series allowed only 4 goals for a 0.94 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage in his four starts against the Habs this season.

….Current backup Kristers Gudlevskis has played in one NHL game – April 11th against Columbus. Making 36 saves in the win.  He has never been in a North American playoff game but has that Sochi Olympics Latvia/ Canada performance in his background.  He stopped 55 of 57 shots in a 2-1 loss to Team Canada.

….The Canadiens power play is in disarray into the playoffs. Over the last eight games they are 0-for-23. They are also 0-for-14 in the four games against Tampa this season.

….On the other side Tampa scored 16 power play goals in their season’s final 17 games.

….Tampa Bay has 14 players on their roster with no Stanley Cup playoff experence. They had a league high eight rookies play at least 41 games this season, five more than the next team. Eight of their players are 23 years or younger.

…..Michel Therrien has coached over 600 games in the NHL. Tampa coach Jon Cooper is in his first season as an NHL coach. Cooper will get consideration for, but not win, Coach of the Year honours this season.

…..The winner of this series will play the winner of the Boston/Red Wings series in the second round.

Tampa Playoff Line Combinations

18-Ondrej Palat 91-Steven Stamkos 9-Tyler Johnson

17-Alex Killorn 51-Valtteri Filppula 24-Ryan Callahan

71-Richard Panik 44-Nate Thompson 16-Teddy Purcell

23-J.T.Brown  54-Cedric Paquette  86-Nikita Kucherov

6-Sami Salo 77-Victor Hedman

25-Matt Carle 7-Radko Kudas

2-Eric Brewer 21-Mike Kostka

39-Anders Lindback

Canadiens Playoff Line Combinations

67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 20-Thomas Vanek

8-Brandon Prust 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendand Gallagher

17-Rene Bourque 81-Lars Eller 21-Brian Gionta

22-Dale Weise 48-Daniel Briere 49-Michael Bournival

79-Andrei Markov 74-Alexei Emelin

26-Josh Gorges 76-P.K. Subban

55-Francis Bouillon 23-Mike Weaver

31-Carey Price


The Game by Game Season Series –

@Bell Centre Nov. 12 Tampa-2 Canadiens-1 (shootout) Filppula scored the shootout winner. Ryan Malone opened the scoring.  Daniel Briere tied it.   Carey Price with 44 saves.

@Tampa Bay Dec. 28 Canadiens-2 Tampa-1 (shootout). Lars Eller with shootout winner. Price stops all three shootout attempts. Plekanec scored in regulation time. Martin St. Louis for Tampa.

@Bell Centre Feb. 1 Tampa-2 Canadiens-1 (overtime). Nate Thompson’s second goal of the game in overtime won it. His first was a shorthand goal.   Daniel Briere tied the game in the third period.  Price stops 34 of 36 shots.

@Tampa Apr. 1 Tampa-3 Canadiens-1 Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson plus Alex Killorn (ENG). Gallagher for the Canadiens. Price stops 30 of 32.

Team Comparison



Tampa Bay

2.55 (21st)

Goals Per Game

2.83 (10th)

2.45 (8th)

Goals Against Per Game

2.55 (11th)

28.4 (24th)

Shots on Goal Per Game

29.8 (18th)

31.0 (22nd)

Shots Against Per Game

29.2 ((13th)

13.0 (26th)

Penalty Minutes Per Game

10.3 (11th)

48 (15th)

Power Play Goals

50 (8th)

17.2% (19th)

Power Play %

18.5% (13th)

48 (19th)

Power Play Goals Allowed

50 (13th)

85.1% (5th)

Penalty Kill %

80.7% (23rd)

6 (18th)

Shorthanded Goals

10 (5th)

8 (20th)

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

8 (20th)