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The Numbers Game - Canadiens - Lightning

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Canadiens-Lightning playoff series.10 – Number of different Canadiens players who scored goals on Lightning netminders with Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque leading the way in that category with three goals apiece.42 – Number of points registered by Canadiens players with Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller and P.K. Subban torching the Lightning for fi

And the lady sang

MONTREAL – It’s been six years and a day since the Habs last won a playoff round at home. The moment had been a long time coming.Unwittingly, the Canadiens may have started a new playoff tradition by inviting Quebec diva Ginette Reno to perform the national anthem for a second straight home game. After spurring Rene Bourque to a goal 11 seconds into Game Three, Madame Reno’s magic touch manife

The Numbers Game - Game #4 - April 22, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Game 4 between the Habs and the Lightning on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.15 – Rene Bourque comes into Game 4 with a team-leading three goals in the first three matchups of the Montreal-Tampa Bay series. The left-winger’s 15 shots on goal at even strength lead the league through Tuesday. On Tuesday, Bourque added 7 more shots on net.29:33 – Average

Game 4 Preview: MTL vs. TBL

Eastern Conference First Round Series : Game 4Canadiens (3-0) vs. Lightning (0-3)Energized by a close win in front of the home crowd, the Habs will look to complete the series sweep on Tuesday at the Bell CentreA surprise offensive catalyst this postseason, Rene Bourque continued on his recent hot streak by corralling a P.K. Subban dump-in, breaking in alone, and snapping the puck unde

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #4

1. Don’t get too excited, but…: Everyone knows that a best-of-seven series isn’t over after just three games. Still, some teams boast a far more powerful killer instinct than others when it comes to sending their opponents packing, and the Canadiens are certainly part of that group. In the 30 times the Habs have led a playoff series by a 3-0 count, they’ve put an end to the series in four games 21

Business as usual

BROSSARD – Heading into Game 4 with a chance to sweep a postseason series for the first time since 1992-93, the Canadiens are maintaining their even keel, business-like approach to the opportunity awaiting them at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.Sitting in the driver’s seat in their first round match-up against the Lighting where the Habs not only managed to steal home ice advantage from the

Comforts of home

MONTREAL – The Canadiens are in complete control of their opening-round playoff series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it’s safe to say the Bell Centre faithful played a prominent role in lifting Michel Therrien’s troops to their third straight postseason victory on Sunday night.After a rousing ovation from 21,273 rabid Habs fans eager to welcome their team home after winning two straight ti

The Numbers Game - Game #3 - April 20, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Game 3 between the Habs and the Lightning on Sunday night at the Bell Centre.6 – Number of Canadiens players making their first postseason appearances on Bell Centre ice in a Canadiens uniform on Sunday night, including Daniel Briere, Michael Bournival, Thomas Vanek, Dale Weise, Alexei Emelin and Mike Weaver.7 – Number of seconds Bob Gainey needed to s

Canadiens recall 10 players from the Hamilton Bulldogs

PRESS RELEASEMONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Sunday night that goaltenders Devan Dubnyk and Dustin Tokarski, defensemen Nathan Beaulieu, Davis Drewiske and Greg Pateryn, as well as forwards Sven Andrighetto, Michael Blunden, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Leblanc and Christian Thomas have been recalled from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.All 10 players will arrive in Montreal on Monday, Ap

Game preview: Canadiens - Lightning

LIGHTNING at CANADIENS(Montreal leads best-of-7 series, 2-0)TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUNBig story: Two big storylines coming into the series, the edge in Stanley Cup Playoff experience for the Montreal Canadiens and the absence of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, have played out over the first two games, which Montreal won in Tampa Bay to take command of the series. Lightning bac

Old boys club

BROSSARD – Hockey is a young man’s game, but the Habs’ superior experience has been a key to their success so far this spring.Recent studies conducted by hockey statisticians have concluded that NHL players hit their peak offensive years even sooner than one would previously have assumed. Considering the following: a typical forward in today’s National Hockey League is drafted at age 18, enter

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #3

Two tendencies: There are two ways to look at a playoff series when the Canadiens take a commanding 2-0 lead over a given opponent. The first 51 times the Habs came out on top in the first two games of a best-of-seven series, they went on to win that series 47 times. On the four occasions in which the Canadiens amassed those all-important victories on the road, however, the bleu-blanc-rouge saw th


TAMPA – The Canadiens landed in Tampa hoping for one win on road ice. Instead, they’re leaving with two. Coming off a wild 5-4 overtime win on Wednesday in Game 1, the Habs were expecting a tighter-checking, much lower-scoring outing in Game 2. Revisiting the gritty brand of hockey the two teams showcased in four regular season match-ups this year, it was no surprise to see the shot totals di

The Numbers Game - Game #2 - April 18, 2014

TAMPA - Here's a numerical look at Game 2 between the Habs and the Lightning on Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.32 – Number of playoff games played by Carey Price as a member of the Canadiens, taking over sole possession of the seventh spot all time in team history in that category ahead of George Hainsworth. 252 – Number of penalty minutes dished out to the Canadiens and Nordiqu

Game 2 Preview: MTL @ TBL

Eastern Conference First Round Series: Game 2Canadiens (1-0) vs. Lightning (0-1)On Good Friday, the Habs will try to extend their series lead against the Lightning in Tampa Bay.The opening game of the series had its share of gripping moments. In the end, the outcome was as good as it gets for the Canadiens' faithful. Dale Weise scored on a one-timer at 18:08 of the first overtime perio

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #2

1 - Good Friday : While many people will be off work on Friday, the Canadiens will contest Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series against the Lightning. It will mark the sixth time in NHL history that the bleu-blanc-rouge will kick off the Easter break by hitting the ice for a playoff tilt. The Habs boast a stellar 3-0-2 record on Good Friday, with both of the aforementione

Playoff notebook - April 17

TAMPA – In a special playoff edition of the notebook, P.K. talks PP efficiency, Michael Bournival discusses his postseason debut and playoff veteran Daniel Briere knows you don’t win the Cup after Game 1. TAKING THE POWER BACK: Having now gone 0-for-25 on the power play over the past nine games, including an 0-for-2 mark so far in the playoffs, the Canadiens once again split up into two groups

Drama kings

TAMPA – The Canadiens stole home ice advantage back from the Lightning in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night.Entering Game 1 as the “underdog” road team after finishing one point back of the Bolts with 100 points on the season, the Habs leaned heavily on their advantage in the experience department in their first win of the series. From responding to Tampa’s opening goal 19 seconds after it h

The Numbers Game - Game #1 - April 16, 2014

TAMPA - Here's a numerical look at Game 1 between the Habs and the Lightning on Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.12 – Number of Lightning skaters suiting up for their first career NHL playoff games on Wednesday night, with only Michael Bournival and Alexei Emelin making their postseason debuts at the other end of the ice. 2 – Number of points registered by Emelin in his NHL pla

Game 1 Preview: MTL @ TBL

Eastern Conference First Round Series : Game 1Canadiens (0-0) vs. Lightning (0-0)This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. On Wednesday night, the second and third-placed teams of the Atlantic Division will kick off their quest for the Stanley Cup in Tampa, Florida.Both teams have compiled fine regular season records. The Habs hit the 100 point plateau for the first time since 2007-0

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #1

The Centennial Club : To be the best, you need to beat the best. If you have any hope of hoisting the Stanley Cup come June, the chances that you’ll have to battle teams that registered solid regular season records – that is, squads that have amassed 100 points or more in the standings – are quite good. Tampa Bay certainly fits that mold. That being said, the playoff series against the Lightning m

Fire with fire

MONTREAL – Against the Lightning in Game One, the Canadiens appear well equipped to run-and-gun against Tampa’s high-flying offense.For the Montreal Canadiens, one of the focal points of the upcoming series against the Lightning will be how to best contain Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. The former Rocket Richard Trophy winner had an NHL-best 0.68 goal per game this season, only missing out

Number cruncher: Secret weapons

MONTREAL – With a first-round playoff date against the Lightning right around the corner, we look into the contributions of three forwards who could come up huge in the clutch.There will be no shortage of high-profile matchups in the 2013-14 first round playoff series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. With both teams’ top two lines fairly even in terms of talent and p

Setting the mood

BROSSARD – With 82 games in the books in 2013-14, the Canadiens are ready to kick off the real season on Wednesday. Despite cracking the 100-point plateau for just the second time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1993, the Habs will be forced to start the first round of the playoffs on the road in Tampa thanks to the NHL’s new playoff format. With five of the last six Stanley Cups having been

Canadiens sign forward Jacob de la Rose to a three-year contract

MONTREAL (April 14, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced today the signing of forward Jacob de la Rose to a three-year, entry level contract (2014-15 à 2016-17).In 49 games with the Leksand Idrottsförening in the Swedish Elitserien this season, de la Rose recorded 7 goals and 6 helpers for a total of 13 points. He was also assessed 18 penalty minutes and had a

First round schedule

SERIES B - A2 vs. A3 Tampa Bay vs Montreal1.Wednesday, April 167 p.m.Montreal at Tampa BayCBC, RDS, CNBC2. Friday, April 187 p.m.Montreal at Tampa BayCBC, RDS, CNBC3. Sunday, April 207 p.m.Tampa Bay at MontrealCBC, RDS, NBCSN4. Tuesday, April 227 p.m.Tampa Bay at MontrealCBC, RDS, NHLN U.S.5. *Thursday, April 247 p.m.Montreal at Tampa BayCBC, RDS, CNBC6. *Sunday, April

Ready for battle

MONTREAL – A day after being declared the Canadiens’ unsung hero for the 2013-14 campaign, Brian Gionta sent the squad he’s captained for the last four years into the NHL playoffs on a resounding high note.The 12-year NHL veteran’s penalty shot tally at the 2:04 mark of overtime lifted Michel Therrien’s troops to an all-important 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on Satu

The Numbers Game - April 12, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Rangers game on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.4 – Number of times the Canadiens have gone up against the New York Rangers in their last game of the regular season, including Saturday night’s tilt at the Bell Centre. The Habs held a 2-0-1-0 record against New York under similar circumstances entering the game when it was contested on Montrea

Canadiens sign goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a two-year contract extension

PRESS RELEASEMONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today a two-year contract extension for goaltender Dustin Tokarski (2014-15 to 2015-16). In three games with the Canadiens in 2013-14, Tokarski registered a 2-0-0 record, including his first career win with the Canadiens, on March 5 at Anaheim. The 5’11’’and 195 lbs goaltender earned his first career shutout

Game preview: MTL vs. NYR

CANADIENS (45-28-8) vs. RANGERS (45-31-5)The Canadiens will close out the 2013-14 regular season against the New York Rangers, Saturday night at the Bell Centre.The Habs are coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands of the New York Islanders on Thursday. Rookies Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored powerplay goals to help the non-playoff team come away with two points at the Bell Centre. Carey Pri

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