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The Numbers Game – C…
Posted 23 hours ago

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 five points each.

94 – Number of saves made by Carey Price over the course of the series, enabling the three-time All-Star to compile a sharp 2.33 GAA in four starts against head coach Jon Cooper’s contingent.

22 – Number of shots taken…

And the lady sang
Posted 1 day ago

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 manifested itself once again in Game Four. Just before leaving the ice on Tuesday night, she made a special point of saluting fellow Quebecker Daniel Briere. Two minutes into the first…

The Numbers Game – G…
Posted 2 days ago

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 time on ice for Andrei Markov in the first three playoff games, a team-high figure. The Russian Olympian also had a busy night on Tuesday, logging 22:58 in ice time for…

Game 4 Preview: MTL …
Posted 2 days ago

Eastern Conference First Round Series : Game 4

Canadiens (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 Centre

A 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 under Anders Lindback’s armpit with just eleven seconds elapsed in the first period. Bourque, showing great aggression with and without the puck, led all players with eight shots on net during Sunday’s game.

The early goal set the…

Five Keys to the Gam…
Posted 3 days ago

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 times, in five games on seven occasions, and in six games just two times.

2. Don’t get too excited, but… take 2: As indicated above, four victories are…