Break out the Van Halen and put the beer on ice, it’s playoff time

It's the most wonderful time of the year. The tulips are sprouting, the birds are chirping...and the snow is falling? Regardless, it's playoff time, and the Montreal Canadiens are getting ready to take on Tampa Bay in the first round. Montreal looks to be a more complete team than they have in at least 6 or 7 years, if not a lot longer. Tampa Bay also look solid top to bottom...
Via Kukla's Korner
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Lightning vs. Canadiens playoff series primer

TAMPA, Fla. -- There was a different energy Tuesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum. It was hard to miss. There was a buzz within the building. Players skated with "STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS" etched on the ice in blue paint. There was about 10 times more media in the home dressing room than normal. Players and coach Jon Cooper sported new black hoodies. Yes, this was a different time...
Via Fox Sports Florida
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Montreal VS Tampa Bay - In depth preview

With Boston running away in the Atlantic, Toronto faltering, and Detroit just not close enough, the Tampa Bay - Montreal series has been an almost sure thing for weeks. Considering it a 'playoff preview' , Habs and Lightning fans alike anticipated their teams April 1st matchup a week in advance. And now, a couple weeks later, the two teams meet for their first playoff...
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NHL Playoffs Simulation - Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning

The Montreal Canadians finished with 100 points, yet scored the 2nd least amount of goals (215) of the 16 playoff teams. Only the Minnesota Wild scored less. The Tampa Bay Lightning finished with 101 points. Our simulation has the Lightning winning game 7. Game 1Canadians 3Lightning 0Canadians lead series 1-0 1st Period:MTL - Brian Gionta (1) (Lars Eller) 8:352nd Period:MTL - Thomas...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens: Stanley Cup 2014 first-round preview

A lot can change in a year. One year ago today, the Tampa Bay Lightning were a non-playoff team led by Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, relics from the franchise’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship. Here we are now: both…Read more →The post Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens: Stanley Cup 2014 first-round preview appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
Via The Hockey Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Video- Playoff Pressure On Carey Price With Montreal The Only Canadian Team In The Playoffs

Tim Wharsby of CBC says the pressure is on Carey Price.  
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

De la Rose signs entry-level contract with Canadiens

Jacob de la Rose, a 2013 second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, on Monday signed a three-year, entry-level contract that will begin next season. Financial terms of the contract were not released.
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Montreal Canadiens Playoff Preview

By Jesse Bonello – Published on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 1:45 PM After a long-awaited 82 game season came to an end on Sunday, April 13th, the NHL herd has been thinned out and the NHL playoffs will begin on Wednesday, April 16th, with 16 teams going toe-to-toe for a chance at the greatest […]
Via The Hockey Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Short Notes From LeBrun

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, - Interesting to see how many people viewed home ice swinging from the Montreal Canadiens to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the determining factor in picking the Lightning over the Habs in seven games, instead of likely picking Montreal had it held on to home ice. There's no question the Bell Centre is an X factor when it comes to the postseason,...
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Your 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round schedule

The best time of the year for hockey types like me is just a couple of days away. As the NHL’s season comes to a conclusion, the circuit quickly put out the postseason schedule for round one. There is one observation worth making: you can tell that perhaps the Canadian networks got a bit of the short shrift. Not only does CBC not get the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday nights during...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning begin Cup quest on Wednesday versus Montreal

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will enjoy home-ice advantage against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. With a 1-0 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday, the Lightning finished with 101 points in the Atlantic Division, one more than the Canadiens. Tampa Bay's 46 victories this season tied a franchise record (2003-04...
Via Fox Sports Florida
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Canadiens' Brandon Prust expected to return for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that forward Brandon Prust is expected to be ready-to-go this week for game one of the eastern conference quarterfinal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.Prust was shut down for the final two weeks of the regular season because of an upper-body injury. It has been said several times, this injury is NOT a shoulder injury (like he is prone too...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oh Captain! My Captain!

Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta scored via penalty shot just over two minutes into overtime and closed out the Habs regular season in exciting fashion. Former Canadien Raphael Diaz gave Habs fans one last treat as he tripped his ex-captain, sending Gio to the penelty shot. With Bell Centre roaring Captain Gio played Captain Hero and pulled a sweet deke backhand past...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Brian Gionta wins it with a great OT penalty shot

Brian Gionta scored the game winning goal on an overtime penalty shot in the Canadiens' 1-0 win over the Rangers. Goaltender Carey Price recorded the shutout after making 41 saves and keeping New York's scoresheet empty. What a way to cap off the regular season for Montreal, who will be the only Canadian team in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.''We're definitely...
Via Talk Hockey
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens 1, Rangers 0, OT ☆

The New York Rangers (45-31-6) lost to the Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8) by the score of 1-0 in overtime, last night. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports. …if that game wasn’t a microcosm of the Rangers inability to finish all season, I don’t know what is. No doubt Price was good, but you can’t give the goaltender credit every game. I said it last recap, but not being able...
Via NY Rangers Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gionta’s penalty shot beats Rangers in OT

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot in overtime, leading the Habs to a dramatic 1-0 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday at the Bell Centre. Gionta was awarded the penalty shot after being tripped on a breakaway by Rangers defenceman and former Hab Raphael Diaz after he had turned over the puck. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price shone in net, making 41 saves...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gionta's OT goal helps Canadiens beat Rangers 1-0

MONTREAL (AP) Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot at 2:04 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers in the final NHL regular-season game for both teams Saturday night.
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vanek.......What if.......

What could the future possibly hold for Thomas Vanek and the Montreal Canadiens? Even before arriving in Montreal it was widely known that Vanek would be packing up his sticks and moving to Minnesota once he became a free agent. After all, he put in his time in Buffalo and turned down huge contract offers from both Buffalo and the Islanders in recent months. You can't blame a...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens sign G Tokarski to 2-year extension

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens signed goalie Dustin Tokarski to a two-year contract extension on Saturday.
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Habs sign Tokarski to two-year extension

The Montreal Canadiens have their goaltending depth chart set for the next couple years now. The Habs announced they’ve signed goalie Dustin Tokarski to a two-year extension. Details on the contract weren’t immediately available. Tokarski has appeared in three games this season and is 2-0-0 with a .946 save percentage and a shutout win against the Buffalo Sabres on March 16...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Habs Extend Dustin Tokarski’s Stay For Two More Years by   Steven Ellis

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the signing of goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a two year contract extension. In three games with Montreal this season Tokarski posted a 2-0-0 record with a fantastic .946 save percentage and a 1.84 goals against average. Tokarski was just as great in the American Hockey League, recording a 20-15-3 record and an .920 save percentage [...]
Via The Hockey House
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens will likely need points, and will definitely need some help from other teams, as they enter their final game looking to earn the second seed in the Atlantic Division.
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Habs announce that Galchenyuk will miss first round of playoffs

Whether the Montreal Canadiens host the Lightning or begin the playoffs in Tampa Bay during an upcoming first-round series, they’ll be doing so without Alex Galchenyuk. The team announced that he won’t be “available” for the first round of the 2014 playoffs because of a lower-body injury.
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders 2, Canadiens 0: Evgeni Nabokov collects 59th shutout

These things sometimes happen: A playoff-bound team has a kinda-need-but-don't-really-need-to-win game against a non-playoff team with lots of young job-chasers who have nothing to lose. Playoff team comes out flat, gets worse during the second period, suffers a break that puts them behind and voila: They never climb back, so the New York Islanders shut out the Montreal Canadiens...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Islanders' Sundstrom hospitalized after brutal hit

Montreal Canadiens’ Douglas Murray is no stranger to aggressive hockey. Back on April 1, Murray elbowed Lightening defenseman Michael Kostka, giving Kostka a concussion, and was suspended for three games. Murray returned to the ice  Thursday against the Islanders and once again, injured another player. Midway through the second period, Murray drove Johan Sundstrom face first into...
Via New York Sports-Kings
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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