If the Canadiens can finish off their series with the Lightning in short order they’ll give themselves the gift of a few days off before starting their next series against either Boston or Detroit.
Left winger Travis Moen announced at practice Monday that he is “two or three practices away” from being ready to return to the Canadiens lineup. Moen took part in his first full practice since he sustained that concussion a month ago.
When Alex Galchenyuk suffered that broken hand or thumb on April 9th against Chicago, doctors said he wouldn’t be ready until the second round of the playoffs. If his recovery holds to schedule, the Canadiens could be entering the next round completely healthy which, considering the total effort being put on the ice by the current group, will make for some interesting decisions for Michel Therrien and his coaching staff.
Defence partners Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin took therapy days Monday as their teammates prepared for Game Four Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Other than that the lineup was basically unchanged. Moen skated on a makeshift fifth line with Ryan White and George Parros.
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Vanek
Prust – Plekanec – Gallagher
Bourque – Eller – Gionta
Bournival – Brière – Weise
Moen – White – Parros
Gorges – Subban
Bouillon – Weaver
Murray – Tinordi
On the Tampa side, there seems to be some question about the health of Steven Stamkos. Stamkos was accidentally kneed in the head by Alexei Emelin in the second period of Sunday’s game and disappeared to the dressing room for the rest of the period. He complained of a headache but returned for the third period. Stamkos says he expects to play in Game Four. Goaltender Ben Bishop remains sideline by an elbow injury.