Game #71

Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Mar. 17/2011 – 7:35pm


Season Records – Tampa Bay – 70GP (39-22-9) 87pts.  Second in Southeast Division – 5th in East.    Canadiens – 70GP (38-25-7) 83pts.  Second in Northeast Division – 6th in East.

Season Series – Fourth of four games. Canadiens 1-1-1,   Oct. 13 @ Bell Centre  Tampa-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime).  Ryan Malone scores winner with 51 seconds left in OT.  Stamkos scores on power play with 1:19 left to force overtime. Canadiens blow 2-0 lead.  Clark and St. Louis also score for Tampa.  Lapierre, Plekanec and Kostitsyn.  Carey Price stops 43 of 47 shots.  Dec. 30 @ Tampa  Lightning-4 Canadiens-1.  Canadiens score first goal (Plekanec).  Tampa scores four straight.  Stamkos with 2 goals including a penalty shot.  Price lets in 4 goals on 20 shots and replaced by Auld in third period.  Wisniewski makes Canadiens debut.  Mar. 5 @ Tampa  Canadiens-4  Tampa-2.  Canadiens take 2-0 lead in first period on 2nd and 4th shots of the game.  Pacilso Desharnais.  Price stops 43 of 45 shots.    

Last Ten Games – Tampa (4-4-2) 2-4-2 last eight.  Canadiens (7-3-0)  Two losses last three games.

Home/Road – Tampa Bay on road 17-13-4.  Canadiens at home 21-9-6.

Goals For/Against – Tampa Bay (210/211)  minus-1.  Canadiens (186/176) plus 10.

Last Time Out – Tampa Bay beat the Leafs 6-2 on Monday in Toronto.  Canadiens lost to Washington 4-1 Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

Who’s Hot – Tampa Bay – Steven Stamkos 2g,6ass last five games.  Martin St. Louis 2g,6ass last five games.  Vincent Lecavalier 10 goals 6 assists last 16 games.   Canadiens – Andrei Kostitsyn – 4g,6ass last ten games.

Goaltending – Tampa Bay – Dwyane Roloson  – 25GS (14-9-2)  2.57GAA.  .910save%.  4 shutouts.  Has lost 3 of last four starts.  0-2-2 with a tie in his five starts against the Canadiens.    Canadiens – Carey Price –  60GS  (33-23-6)   2.32GAA.  .924save%.  Seven shutouts. 

Special Teams – Power Play – Tampa – ranked 6th  20.7% (60/290)   Canadiens – ranked 7th –  19.7% (49/249)     Penalty Killing – Tampa Bay ranked 11th  – 83.3%  Canadiens- ranked 7th –  83.9%  (45/280)

Team Record When They……

Score the First Goal –  Tampa Bay (27-9-5)   Canadiens (27-6-5)

Are Scored Upon First – Tampa Bay (12-13-4)  Canadiens (11-19-2)

Lead at End of First – Tampa Bay  (17-2-5)    Canadiens (21-2-3)

Trail At End of First – Tampa Bay (6-12-2)   Canadiens (4-18-1)

Injuries – Tampa Bay – RW-Steve Downie (knee/ankle); D-Randy Jones (high ankle); LW-Ryan Malone (IR-abdominal).     Canadiens – D-Hal Gill (flu-gametime decision); C-Jeff Halpern (lower body-gametime decision); C-Tomas Plekanec (lower body-gametime decision); Brent Sopel (broken hand); LW-Mathieu Darche (IR-groin); LW-Max Pacioretty (IR-concussion/fractured vertebra); D-Jaroslav Spacek (IR-knee surgery); Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery)

Notes –

….Canadiens defenseman Roman Hamrlik will play in his 1300th NHL game.

….The Canadiens power plays has failed to score in eight opportunities over the last three games.  They have killed 30 of the last 33 penalties (91%).

…..The Lightning have scored at least three goals in three of their last four games.  Carey Price has given up four goals in two of his last three starts.