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Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 20, 2014 – 7:15pm


Game Notes –

..The Canadiens are attempting to win their first playoff series in four years dating back to 2010 when Jaroslav Halak carried them to the Eastern Conference final.

..In series in which they have held a 2-0 lead the Canadiens are 49-5. However they have lost three of the last four; 1996 vs. the Rangers, 2006 vs. Carolina and 2011 vs. Boston. Both Carolina and Boston went on to win the Stanley Cup.

..Only 45 times in 332 occasions has a team come back from 0-2 to win a playoff series (13.6%). Tampa is one of those teams – in 2003 vs. Washington. (A year later they swept the Canadiens in four straight en route to their only Stanley Cup championship)

..The Canadiens have scored nine goals in the series from eight different players. Only Rene Bourque has two.

..Eight of the Canadiens twelve forwards have scored goals.

.Rene Bourque has five goals in his last 12 playoff games. As a member of the Canadiens he has one other two-goal game, in February of last season. The two-goal game Wednesday was the first of his playoff career.

.Lars Eller, playing on a line with Bourque and Brian Gionta, leads the Canadiens with a goal and two assists. In his previous eight playoff games he had only two assists.

….The power play goal by David Desharnais was the first goal of his playoff career.

.Max Pacioretty is still looking for his first career playoff goal. The assist he drew on the Desharnais goal was his first playoff point. This will be his 7th career playoff game (he missed the 2011 playoffs because of the Chara incident). In those six games he has attempted 31 shots on goal. Goaltenders Craig Anderson and Anders Lindback stopped the 18 that found the target.  

….In 79 career playoff games, Thomas Vanek has 27 goals and 42 assists for 69 points.  He has one assist so far in this series.  The other 68 points came as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

.Steven Stamkos has two goals, both in game one and no assists. He has taken nine shots on Price.

.Linemates Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Callahan have combined for one assist and are minus-6 through the first two games.

..Tampa Bay has been outshot 70-52.

..Carey Price has stopped 37 of the last 38 shots he’s faced after giving up four goals on the first 14 shots.

….With a win Price can  move past Jose Theodore into 10th place in Canadiens playoff wins.   With his two wins in this series he is now 6 and 14 in his last 20 playoff starts and has a career playoff record of 10-17.

..Anders Lindback stopped 77 of 79 shots in Tampa’s last three regular season games. In the playoffs he has allowed 8 on 67 shots; a 3.69GAA and an .881 save percentage.

..Calder trophy candidate and Tampa leading scorer Ondrej Palat will be a gametime decision but is expected to play. He apparently suffered a mild concussion when hit by Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson April 11th. He skated 45 minutes during Saturday’s practice.

..The Lightning had eight rookies play at least 41 games this season.

..In game two Rookie defenseman Andrej Sustr and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis became the 9th and 10th members of the Lightning to make their Stanley debuts. Not one member of the Canadiens went into this year’s playoffs without some experience.

..Right wings B.J. Crombeen and Tom Pyatt have yet to play. Pyatt was in 25 playoff games with the Canadiens brom 2009 to 2011. Crombeen played 16 postseason games with Dallas and St. Louis between 2007 and 2012.

..Until the Desharnais goal, the Canadiens had been 0 for 26 on their power play and 0 for 20 vs. the Lightning this season.

..Players still with the Habs to remind teammates of previous blown 2-0 series leads – Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Francis Bouillon from 2006 and in 2011 – Markov, Subban, Price, Plekanec, Desharnais, Pacioretty, Gorges, White and Moen.


Probable Tampa Playoff Line Combinations (Palat Returns)

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 (Unchanged)

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

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