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Montreal Gazette 3 hours ago
Bruce Arthur: ‘Subtle’ Stamkos sparks Lightning

Bruce Arthur: ‘Subtle’ Stamkos sparks Lightning

TAMPA, FLA. — By the time the mad ride ended, the memory of Steven Stamkos’s first goal was gone, or nearly. Neither the Montreal Canadiens nor the Tampa Bay Lightning could hold a lead for longer than three minutes and 15 seconds in Montreal’s 5-4 Game 1 victory, and by the end, Stamkos wasn’t what people will remember. They will remember the adrenalin of overtime sloshing back and forth, which was ended — a little improbably — by Dale Weise.
Montreal Gazette 4 hours ago

Canadiens looking to tighten defence in Game 2

Playoff hockey is full of surprises and the biggest surprise from Game 1 of the Canadiens-Lightning playoff series is that the teams combined for nine goals.
Montreal Gazette 4 hours ago

Palat will be game-time decision for Lightning

Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Canadiens-Lightning playoff series Friday night.
The Habs Nation 8 hours ago

Weise gives Canadiens 1-0 series lead with overtime win

Originally posted on ProHockeyTalk:The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning gave hockey fans plenty of what was expected (great work from Thomas Vanek and Steven Stamkos), yet the game was just as much about the unexpected. If the frequently wide-open pace...

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Montreal Gazette Apr 15, 2014
Canadiens will have a taste of home in Tampa

Canadiens will have a taste of home in Tampa

For the second time in two weeks, Denis Plante will head to Tampa to watch the Canadiens play the Lightning. Only this time the stakes are higher.
Montreal Gazette Apr 15, 2014
Canadiens prepared for tight, low-scoring playoff battle with Lightning

Canadiens prepared for tight, low-scoring playoff battle with Lightning

The Montreal Canadiens hope to turn last year's playoff disaster into this year's success.
Montreal Gazette Apr 15, 2014
Post-season is Brière’s time to shine

Post-season is Brière’s time to shine

This is Daniel Brière’s time. There were a lot of heads shaking last summer when Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin reached into the free-agent pool and pulled out Brière, a seasoned veteran whose contract had been bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tampa Bay Times Apr 15, 2014

VIDEO: Tom Jones previews Lightning-Canadiens

Times sports columnist Tom Jones previews the first-round playoff matchup between the Lightning and Montreal Canadiens in this video feature.
Home Ice | SI.com Apr 15, 2014

2014 NHL playoffs preview Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

By Allan Muir Regular season recaps: Nov. 12: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (SO) Dec. 28: Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 (SO) Feb. 1: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (OT) April 1: Lightning 3, Canadiens 1 Notable injuries: Lightning: G Ben Bishop (wrist, day-to-day); F Ondrej Palat (upper body, day-to-day); F Valtteri Filppula (lower body, day-to-day); F Ryan […]
Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa

Prust will be game-time decision for Habs in Tampa

The Canadiens practised Tuesday morning in Brossard before boarding a flight to Tampa for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Lightning on Wednesday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Brandon Prust, who missed the last […]
Montreal Gazette Apr 14, 2014
Canadiens focus on special teams ahead of opener in Tampa

Canadiens focus on special teams ahead of opener in Tampa

How important are special teams? In Michel Therrien’s book, they are very important, which is why the Canadiens spent most of their practice time Monday in Brossard working on the power play and the penalty kill.
Ottawa Citizen Apr 14, 2014
Canadiens look to Briere to step up in playoffs after low-key regular season

Canadiens look to Briere to step up in playoffs after low-key regular season

The Montreal Canadiens didn't sign unrestricted free agent Daniel Briere last summer so he could dazzle in the regular season.
Montreal Gazette Apr 14, 2014
Habs vs. Lightning should be a treat for fans

Habs vs. Lightning should be a treat for fans

The next time the Canadiens defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL playoff game will be the first time.
Eller returns as Habs prepare to face Lighting

Eller returns as Habs prepare to face Lighting

The Canadiens hit the ice Monday morning in Brossard to begin preparations for their first-round playoff series against the Lightning, which will start Wednesday night in Tampa (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Lars Eller, who missed the last […]
Montreal Gazette Apr 13, 2014
Lightning earn home-ice edge in 1st round against Canadiens by edging Capitals 1-0 in shootout

Lightning earn home-ice edge in 1st round against Canadiens by edging Capitals 1-0 in shootout

WASHINGTON - It came right down to the final moment of the final regular-season game for the Tampa Bay Lightning to secure home-ice advantage against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.
Montreal Gazette Apr 13, 2014
Gionta puts nice finishing touch on Habs’ 100-point season

Gionta puts nice finishing touch on Habs’ 100-point season

MONTREAL — Brian Gionta has scored 20 times in 54 career shootout attempts, a success rate of 37 per cent. But the Canadiens captain couldn’t tell you Saturday what his record is in lifetime NHL penalty shots, or even how many he has had, after burying one in dramatic, game-winning fashion against the New York Rangers.
Tampa Bay Times Apr 13, 2014

Lightning-Canadiens playoff schedule

Here is the schedule for the Lightning and Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. The winner of the series faces the winner of the Bruins/Red Wings series in the second round: April 16: at Tampa, 7 p.m. April 18: at Tampa, 7 p.m. April 20: at Montreal, 7 p.m. April 22: at Montreal, 7 p.m. *April 24: at …
Puck-sniffing dog pays back owners

Puck-sniffing dog pays back owners

As the owner of two dogs – a black Lab and a smaller terrier mix – one of the worst parts about spring is cleaning up all the poop from a long winter in the backyard. But there’s a golden […]

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