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Canadiens will rest after sweeping Lightning | 04/23/2014 12:32 PM
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The Montreal Canadiens will not hold practices on Wednesday or Thursday.
Montreal Gazette

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Montreal swept Tampa Bay in four games, so they can afford to take a little break. After that though, they'll have to start working hard to avoid getting rusty. They might end up with more than a week off as a result of their sweep.
Lars Eller extends playoff point streak Tues. | 04/23/2014 8:31 AM
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Lars Eller scored a goal in Game 4 to extend his playoff point streak.
Montreal Gazette

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He had two goals and three helpers in Montreal's first round series versus Tampa Bay for a four-game point spree. Eller has two goals on just six shots so far.
Brendan Gallagher was red hot in Round 1 | 04/23/2014 8:26 AM
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Brendan Gallagher potted his third goal of the playoffs in Tuesday's 4-3 triumph over Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens swept the Lightning in four straight games and Gallagher picked up at least one point in each contest. He also scored a goal in each of his last three outings. He's probably not looking forward to the layoff between rounds, as it could cool him down a bit.
Daniel Briere scores in Game 4 victory | 04/23/2014 8:20 AM
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Daniel Briere gave Montreal a 1-0 lead just 2:24 into the first period.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens had a 3-1 advantage going into the third, but Tampa Bay rallied to even the score. Max Pacioretty scored on the power play to give Montreal a 4-3 win with just 43 seconds left on the clock. Briere logged just 9:34 of ice time in the match, but he did get 1:21 of it on the power play. He had a goal and an assist in four matches during the Habs' sweep of the Lightning.
Carey Price helps Habs complete the sweep | 04/22/2014 10:02 PM
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Carey Price made 20 saves on 23 shots as the Habs beat Tampa Bay 4-3 in Game 4 to sweep the Bolts and advance to the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Price does not have dazzling numbers these playoffs, with just a .912 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average, but none of that matters. The 26 year-old is 4-0 and has his team through to the next round. Price and the Habs will take at least a week off before facing off against the winner of the Detroit - Boston series.
Max Pacioretty's late goal finishes off Bolts | 04/22/2014 9:52 PM
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Max Pacioretty chose a fine time to score his first goal of the playoffs, beating Kristers Gudlevskis in the final minute of Game 4 to put the Habs up 4-3 and complete the sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rotoworld.com

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The Bolts overcame a two goal deficit to tie the game midway through the third period, thanks in part to Gudlevskis' strong play in relief of Anders Lindback. But Cedric Paquette's tripping penalty with just over two minutes remaining gave the Habs a chance to redeem themselves, and Pacioretty did just that. He slid a slow shot through the five hole to help Montreal advance to the second round. The Habs will have more than a few days off as they await the completion of the Detroit - Boston series.
Briere: We don't want to dismiss Tampa Bay | 04/22/2014 4:41 PM
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Daniel Briere doesn't want to write off the Tampa Bay Lightning in Montreal's first round series.
Calgary Sun

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Montreal has a 3-0 lead going into Game 4 on Tuesday. "The Lightning are a tenacious team," said Briere. "We saw it this year after they lost Stamkos (with a broken leg in November). Everyone expected them to fall apart and they did the opposite, they came together and finished strong to come second in the division. I expect the same from them tonight. They've faced adversity before and they won't give up that easily." They overcame the loss of Stamkos in large part due to the efforts of Martin St. Louis and Ben Bishop. St. Louis is gone after demanding a trade and Bishop is hurt, which makes the Lightning's nearly impossible task all the more daunting.
Thomas Vanek not thinking about free agency | 04/22/2014 8:05 AM
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Thomas Vanek is staying focused on the playoffs and not on his expiring contract.
Montreal Gazette

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"I haven't worried about a contract since last summer," Vanek said Monday. "It's not fair right now to anyone to even think about it. We're here to win the playoff game (Tuesday). There's still lots of time (after the season's over)." Montreal is his third team this year and he recorded 15 points in 18 games with the Canadiens during the regular season. He has a goal and a helper in three playoff contests. Vanek is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer.
Travis Moen receives green light for contact | 04/22/2014 7:58 AM
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Travis Moen (concussion) was cleared for contact on Monday.
Montreal Gazette

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He practiced fully with his teammates for the first time, but he needs a few more sessions before he's ready to return to the lineup. Moen suffered a concussion in a fight with Boston's Kevan Miller back on March 24 and he hasn't played since.
Max Pacioretty looking for more production | 04/22/2014 7:55 AM
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Max Pacioretty has no goals and one assist in three games against Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs.
Montreal Gazette

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However, coach Michel Therrien isn't concerned because Pacioretty has 10 shots and his linemates (Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais) have both recorded goals. Pacioretty has had his fair share of scoring chances, so it may not be long before he finds the back of the net.
Canadiens brought up 10 players on Sunday | 04/21/2014 5:29 PM
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Nathan Beaulieu was among 10 players called up by the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens also called up goaltenders Devan Dubnyk and Dustin Tokarski; forwards Sven Andrighetto, Mike Blunden, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Leblanc and Christian Thomas; and defensemen Davis Drewiske and Greg Pateryn. Montreal's AHL affiliate won't be in the playoffs, so they will make up the club's Black Aces squad. The players aren't expected to see action during the postseason unless injuries pile up.
Rene Bourque strikes quickly in Game 3 win | 04/21/2014 10:47 AM
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Rene Bourque racked up eight shots and scored his third goal of the postseason on Sunday night.
Montreal Gazette

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He's been a completely different player in the playoffs than he was during the regular season and a motivated Bourque can be a tough player for the opposition to handle. He got Montreal on the board just 11 seconds into Game 3 to give him three goals in his last two games.
Tomas Plekanec scores GWG in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 10:42 AM
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Tomas Plekanec produced the game-winning goal in Game 3 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Montreal Gazette

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Plekanec gave the Canadiens a 3-1 lead at 5:43 of the third period and they held on for a 3-2 victory. He has two goals on nine shots in the series.
P.K. Subban picks up 2 helpers in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 10:39 AM
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P.K. Subban generated two assists in Montreal's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 3 on Sunday night.
Montreal Gazette

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His helper on Brendan Gallagher's goal when he wheeled behind the net before making a centering pass was a thing of beauty. Subban has compiled four assists in his last two games, but he's still looking for his first goal since Mar. 3.
Canadiens' G Carey Price records another gem | 04/20/2014 11:13 PM
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Goalie Carey Price played well, making 27 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens edge the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game 3 of the teams' opening-round, playoff series on Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Price has had a first-rate series in winning all three of the games. Price has a GAA of 2.ew in the postseason and a save percentage of .927. He and his teammates can sweep the series in four games with a win in Montreal on Tuesday night.
Two points for Brendan Gallagher in Habs' win | 04/20/2014 10:58 PM
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Brendan Gallagher notched two points in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL playoff action Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Gallagher scored his second goal of the postseason and also picked up an assist on Tomas Plekanec's game-winning goal early in the third period to help the Habs win the game and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the first-round, best-of-seven playoff series. Gallagher now has four points in the postseason. P.K. Subban also had a good night for Montreal, producing two assists, his third and fourth of the postseason. The Habs' other goal was scored only 11 seconds into the game, when Rene Bourque collected his third of the postseason on the night's first shot.
Canadiens can't afford to get overconfident | 04/20/2014 10:46 AM
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Montreal captain Brian Gionta knows that the team can't get too comfortable with its 2-0 series lead.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens won both games against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. "It's huge," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "But at the end of the day we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back. We won two games in (the Bruins') building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that (Sunday) night is our focus. And we've got to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that." Winning on Sunday would force Tampa Bay to try and pull off the nearly impossible task of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. As it is, the Lightning in a very bad spot going forward.
Devils might wish to bring back Brian Gionta | 04/19/2014 11:33 AM
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If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.
Newark Star-Ledger

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Lamoriello said despite the organization's reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta's younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Brendan Gallagher scores in Game 2 win | 04/19/2014 10:24 AM
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Brendan Gallagher scored his first goal of the postseason in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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He also picked up an assist in Game 1 to give him two points in two playoff games. Gallagher had two markers in five postseason contests with the Canadiens last year.
Canadiens end PP drought in Friday's win | 04/19/2014 10:20 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens finally ended their power-play drought in Friday's playoff win over Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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David Desharnais tipped a point shot by P.K. Subban to get Montreal's first goal with the man advantage in 10 games. The Canadiens had a skid of 0-for-27 going before Desharnais' score.
Carey Price backstops Habs to 2-0 series lead | 04/18/2014 10:02 PM
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Carey Price's shutout bid was spoiled with under two minutes remaining in Game 2, but the star goaltender still got the all important victory in Friday night's battle with the Lightning.
Rotoworld.com

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Price made 26 saves on 27 shots and was much better than he was during Wednesday night's Game 1, where he allowed four goals and made 21 saves in the wild overtime victory. A strong team performance suffocated the Bolts' offense, and put the series momentum squarely in the hands of the Canadiens. Price improves his mediocre career playoff record to 11 wins and 17 losses.
Rene Bourque's pair pushes Habs past Bolts | 04/18/2014 9:43 PM
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Rene Bourque drove the Canadiens past the Lightning in Game 2 on Friday night, scoring two goals in the Habs' 4-1 victory in Tampa Bay.
Rotoworld.com

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Bourque's first goal is making the rounds on the highlight reels, as the veteran split the Bolts' defense and poked the puck past a sprawling Anders Lindback. That goal stood as the game-winner, while Bourque's second marker increased the Habs' lead to 3-0 and essentially putting the game out of reach in the third period for the hometown Lightning.
David Desharnais scores in Habs' Game 2 win | 04/18/2014 9:41 PM
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David Desharnais tipped home his first goal of the playoffs, one-timing a P.K. Subban slap pass on the power play during a 4-1 Habs win over Tampa on Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Desharnais helped Montreal take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as a result of Friday's victory. The 27 year-old also came out as a +1 during the game with two penalty minutes in 15:31 of ice time.
Vanek-Desharnais-Pac line dominant | 04/18/2014 10:58 AM
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The line of Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty was dominant in Game 1 against Tampa.
Montreal Gazette

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This unit combined to take an impressive 17 shots on goal in the 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night and were responsible for the overtime winner scored by Vanek. If the Lighting hope to tie the series Friday, they are going to have to find a way to slow down the Vanek-Desharnais-Pacioretty line.
Price aims for better game Friday | 04/18/2014 10:50 AM
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Carey Price expects that he and his team will play better Friday than they did in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.
Montreal Gazette

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The team played a shaky defensive game in front of Price and the Habs' goalie also was not at his best, although he did stop all nine shots he faced in the overtime. "We had some breakdowns and we're going to work to correct that," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. Look for Game 2 to be a much tighter defensive game.
Moen practices but won't play Friday | 04/18/2014 10:43 AM
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Travis Moen practised with his Canadien teammates for the second day in a row Thursday but won't play Friday against Tampa in Game 2.
John Lu Twitter

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He is still working his way back from a concussion and needs a little more time on ice before he is cleared to play.
Alexei Emelin picks up 2 assists in Game 1 | 04/17/2014 10:55 AM
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Alexei Emelin contributed two assists in Montreal's 5-4 OT win against Tampa Bay in Wednesday's playoff opener.
Rotoworld.com

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He filled the stat sheet in the match with two penalty minutes, one shot, two hits and three blocks. Emelin also saw time on Montreal's second power-play unit, where he logged 1:09 of his 30:08 of his total ice time.
Lars Eller scores his 1st career playoff goal | 04/17/2014 10:48 AM
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Lars Eller picked up a goal and a helper in Wednesday's overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Montreal Gazette

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He picked up an assist on Brian Gionta's shorthanded tally and then scored his first career playoff goal early in the third period.
Brian Gionta records SHG, assist in Game 1 | 04/17/2014 10:43 AM
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Brian Gionta notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's overtime win against Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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He scored a shorthanded marker in the second and added an assist in the third of Game 1's sea-saw battle. Gionta concluded the match with four shots and a plus-1 rating.
Thomas Vanek scores in Game 1 victory | 04/17/2014 10:37 AM
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Thomas Vanek scored in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday night.
Montreal Gazette

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He also registered a game-high seven shots. Vanek is a streaky player and he played very well in the Canadiens' playoff opener, which could be a good sign for the Habs.
Dale Weise the unlikely Game 1 hero vs. TB | 04/16/2014 11:05 PM
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Dale Weise scored the overtime winner for Montreal to lift the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

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Weise's goal at 18:08 of the first overtime frame sent the Lightning to their locker room in disappointment and put the Habs ahead in the series. Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Thomas Vanek were the other Montreal scorers in the victory.
Carey Price earns Game 1 victory over Bolts | 04/16/2014 11:01 PM
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Carey Price and the Canadiens outlasted Tampa Bay by scoring a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The Habs controlled the play so Price was only tested with 25 shots in 78 minutes of action, but he did permit four goals in the victory. It wasn't his sharpest of outings, but the fact he was able to emerge victorious on an off-night is great news for Montreal supporters.
Brandon Prust is expected to play Wednesday | 04/16/2014 1:32 PM
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Brandon Prust (upper body) is good to play in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

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It will be Prust's first game in nearly a month. He has 13 points and 121 penalty minutes in 52 games this season.
Daniel Briere has great postseason numbers | 04/16/2014 7:47 AM
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Daniel Briere has amassed 50 goals and 109 points in 108 career playoff games.
Montreal Gazette

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"When I prepare, what I'm thinking is that I want to be the guy that makes the big play," he said. "I want the puck when the game's on the line. It's not about thinking that I'm a playoff performer or that I'm better than anyone. I wish it was clearer or that there was a better explanation, but there really isn't." However, Briere may not get a chance to make much of an impact for the Canadiens in the 2014 postseason. He could end up skating on the team's third or fourth line.
Travis Moen (concussion) skates Tuesday | 04/15/2014 2:04 PM
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Travis Moen (concussion) skated with the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Montreal Gazette

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Moen was wearing a no-contact jersey though, so we would be surprised if he played in Game 1 on Wednesday. He had 12 points and 49 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.
Brandon Prust is questionable for Game 1 | 04/15/2014 2:03 PM
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Brandon Prust (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.
Montreal Gazette

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Prust skated alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher during Tuesday's practice. He hasn't played since March 18.
Canadiens' Brandon Prust doubtful for Game 1 | 04/15/2014 11:48 AM
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Forward Brandon Prust was back at practice for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday but coach Michel Therrien said he doubted the left winger would be able to play Wednesday in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rotoworld.com

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Prust has missed the Canadiens' last 12 games with an upper body injury,
Daniel Briere vows to deliver in playoffs | 04/15/2014 11:45 AM
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After a season in which he sat out some games, spent much of his time on the fourth line and ranked 21st on the team in average ice time per game at 12:46, Daniel Briere believes it's time to deliver for the Montreal Canadiens.
Toronto Star

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"For me, the mindset going in has never been `I'm a playoff performer,'" the 36-year-old said Monday. "When I prepare, what I'm thinking is that I want to be the guy that makes the big play. I want the puck when the game's on the line. It's not about thinking that I'm a playoff performer or that I'm better than anyone. I wish it was clearer or that there was a better explanation, but there really isn't." The Canadiens, who inked Briere to a two-year contact worth $4 million a season, will need his post-season scoring touch when they face the tight-checking Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, starting Wednesday. The Bolts won three of their four meetings, but three of the games went to either overtime or a shootout. Briere had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games this season. But Montreal scored only four regulation-time goals in four games against Tampa, and Briere had two of them.
No-brainer: Carey Price to face Lightning | 04/15/2014 11:06 AM
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Carey Price will, of course, be in goal when the Montreal Canadiens open their first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night.
Montreal Gazette

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Price has been strong against Tampa, with a 1.42 GAA and a .956 save percentage. "I expect Carey to be the same leader for us that he's been all season long," said Habs coach Michel Therrien. "He's matured and he's playing with a lot of confidence."
Habs aim to improve power play against Bolts | 04/15/2014 11:04 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens failed to score a power-play goal in their final eight regular-season games, going 0-for-23.
Montreal Gazette

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The Habs want that to change when they begin their playoffs Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I'm not too worried about it," Montreal center Lars Eller said. "Most of the game is played 5-on-5 and we've been getting more goals at even strength lately. We've had a good power play and we're going to score on the power play and the floodgates are going to open." Eller is right about the Canadiens' production at even strength. During the eight-game power-play drought, Montreal scored 24 goals at even strength and that helped the team finish the season on an 11-3-1 run. But one of the blemishes on that record was a 3-1 loss in Tampa on April 1. The Canadiens gave the Bolts nine power-play chances and they scored on two of them. Montreal went 0-for-4.
Montreal signs prospect Jacob de la Rose | 04/14/2014 3:23 PM
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Jacob de la Rose has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Montreal.
Montreal Gazette

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He was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He recorded seven goals and 13 points in 49 games with Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League this past season.
Lars Eller is ready to return from the flu | 04/14/2014 3:18 PM
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Lars Eller is ready to return after missing three games with the flu.
Montreal Gazette

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He sat out the end of the regular season due to the illness, but he's fit to play in the postseason. Eller got back onto the ice with his teammates for practice on Monday.
Pacioretty finishes just short of 40 goals | 04/13/2014 10:50 AM
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Max Pacioretty ended up falling shy of the 40-goal mark.
Montreal Gazette

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All the same, with a career-high 39 goals, Pacioretty became the team's best goal scorer since Vincent Damphousse netted 40 in 1993-94. Pacioretty also ranks fourth in the NHL's goal scoring race.
Canadiens on PP slump going into playoffs | 04/13/2014 10:48 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens finished the regular season with an 0-for-23 run with the man advantage.
Montreal Gazette

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That's certainly one significant area of concern going into the playoffs. Montreal ranks 19th with a 17.2% power-play success rate.
Carey Price stops 41 shots in shutout victory | 04/12/2014 10:33 PM
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Montreal goaltender Carey Price turned in a strong game Saturday night, saving 41 New York shots in a 1-0, overtime triumph against the visiting Rangers.
Rotoworld.com

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The game winner was scored by Canadiens captain Brian Gionta on a penalty shot. Thanks to the dramatic win, the Canadiens still have a chance to start the Stanley Cup playoffs at home. The Canadiens have known for days that they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, but the determination of home-ice advantage in the series will not be known until the Lightning play the Capitals in Washington on Sunday. The victory Saturday gave the Habs 100 points, the first time since 2007-08 that they hit the century mark and only the second since 1992-93, the last time Montreal won the Stanley Cup. The Habs leapfrogged the Lightning into second place in the Atlantic Division, with a one-point lead going into Tampa Bay's final game. The Lightning have to beat the Caps in order to claim home-ice advantage in the first round because the Canadiens hold the first tiebreaker with more regulation and overtime wins. The Canadiens took the season series against the Rangers two
Canadiens' captain nets dramatic winning goal | 04/12/2014 10:27 PM
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Brian Gionta scored the game's only goal on a penalty shot with 2:04 to play in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic, 1-0 victory against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The Canadiens' captain grabbed a Raphael Diaz turnover at the Montreal blue line and was on his way to break in alone when Diaz hauled him down from behind, earning Gionta a penalty shot. Gionta came in, faked to his forehand and deked to his backhand to beat Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot. It was Gionta's 40th point of the season. He's the eighth Montreal player to hit that mark this season. It also was his 18th goal of the season.
Tokarski signs two-year contract extension | 04/12/2014 11:08 AM
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Dustin Tokarski has signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens.
Dave Stubbs Twitter

Impact
In three games with Montreal this season Tokarski posted a 2-0-0 record with a stellar .946 save percentage and a 1.84 goals against average. In 40 games in Hamilton, Tokarski was equally impressive with a 20-15-3 record and an .920 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. We like his prospects for the future as Carey Price's understudy.
Beaulieu returned to Hamilton of AHL | 04/12/2014 11:01 AM
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The Canadiens assigned Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton of the AHL on Thursday.
Hockey Inside/Out

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He was up for Wednesday night's contest and logged 16:29 of ice time in order to give Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin a night off heading into the playoffs. Should there be an injury on the Habs' blueline during the post season, Beaulieu will likely be back in Montreal.
Eller will not play Saturday v Rangers | 04/12/2014 10:57 AM
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Lars Eller will miss Saturday night's season finale against the Rangers.
Hockey Inside/Out

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He is still battling the flu that kept him off the ice Friday. Eller should be good to go when the Habs face the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, however.
Gionta wins strange team award | 04/12/2014 10:55 AM
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Brian Gionta was selected as the winner of the Jacques Beauchamp award.
Hockey Inside/Out

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The award is anually given to the Canadiens player who played a dominant role during the regular season without earning any particular honour. Last season Brandon Prust won the award. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec also received consideration for this season's honor.
Price to start against Rangers Saturday night | 04/12/2014 10:46 AM
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Carey Price will start in goal Saturday night against the Rangers.
Marc Antoine Godin Twitter

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He is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Islanders and will be looking to end the regular season on a winning note heading into the playoffs.
Montreal summons Michael Blunden | 04/11/2014 5:42 PM
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Michael Blunden has been promoted by the Montreal Canadiens.
Canadiens.nhl.com

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Blunden has 36 points and 79 penalty minutes in 66 AHL contests. The 27-year-old forward has no fantasy value.
Lars Eller probably won't play on Saturday | 04/11/2014 1:29 PM
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Lars Eller (flu) is doubtful for Saturday's game.
Canadiens.nhl.com on Twitter

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Eller missed Friday's practice due to the illness. He hasn't played since April 5.
Alex Galchenyuk out for Round 1 of playoffs | 04/11/2014 8:08 AM
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Alex Galchenyuk (knee) won't play in the first round of the playoffs.
Montreal Gazette

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He won't be available to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning after he suffered a knee injury against Chicago on Wednesday night. Galchenyuk was injured in the first period when Marian Hossa fell on him.
Doug Murray gets tossed in his return | 04/11/2014 8:03 AM
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Doug Murray's return from a three-game suspension lasted for about half of Thursday's loss to the New York Islanders.
Montreal Gazette

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He was assessed a five-minute major for checking Johan Sundstrom from behind and received a game misconduct. However, the NHL has already said that Murray won't be suspended for the infraction.
Thomas Vanek held pointless in shutout loss | 04/10/2014 10:33 PM
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Thomas Vanek and the Canadiens were shut out by the Islanders by a score of 2-0 Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Vanek has been red hot of late, netting 10 points in seven games entering the contest. While he didn't find the back of the net on this night, he did manage to direct one shot on goal and register two penalty minutes against the Isles.
Carey Price drops decision to Islanders | 04/10/2014 10:30 PM
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Carey Price played well, but suffered a defeat in the Canadiens 2-0 loss to the Islanders Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

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Price steered away 28 of 30 shots in the contest, but he was the victim of poor offensive support and saw his record fall to 33-20-5 as a result. His ratios remain sold, as his GAA is 2.36 and his save percentage is .925.
Doug Murray concludes serving suspension | 04/10/2014 2:14 PM
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Doug Murray is eligible to get back into Montreal's lineup on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

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He has finished serving his three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay's Mike Kostka.
Montreal returns Dustin Tokarski to AHL | 04/10/2014 1:04 PM
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Dustin Tokarski has been returned to the minors.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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Carey Price will be back in the lineup on Thursday against the Islanders and Peter Budaj will back him up.
Nathan Beaulieu got to play Wednesday | 04/10/2014 10:36 AM
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Nathan Beaulieu suited up in his first game since Feb. 8 on Wednesday night.
Montreal Gazette

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He logged 16:29 of ice time and posted a plus-1 rating in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago. Beaulieu got to play in his first game since before the Olympic break after the Canadiens rested Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin.
Alex Galchenyuk suffers LBI Wednesday night | 04/10/2014 10:31 AM
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Alex Galchenyuk sustained a lower-body injury in Wednesday's overtime loss to Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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He was hurt in the first period after playing just 1:10 in the contest and he wasn't able to return. Galchenyuk was hurt after Marian Hossa fell on him. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday. He has 13 goals and 31 points in 65 games this campaign.
Lars Eller sits Wednesday with the flu | 04/10/2014 10:26 AM
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Lars Eller sat out Wednesday's game versus Chicago because of flu-like symptoms.
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Dale Weise, who was making his return from injury, dressed in Eller's place. Eller had a goal and two assists in his past two outings to snap an eight-game pointless skid. Consider him day-to-day.
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Dale Weise returned to action on Wednesday April 9.
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Francis Bouillon scores rare goal in loss | 04/09/2014 10:27 PM
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Francis Bouillon enjoyed the rare experience of scoring a goal for the Canadiens in a 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night.
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Bouillon is not exactly known for his goal-scoring prowess, as this tally was just his second of the campaign. In his career he has notched just 32 markers despite having suited up for 775 career games. Dale Weise also scored a goal for Montreal in the defeat.
Peter Budaj suffers loss vs. Blackhawks | 04/09/2014 10:24 PM
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Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj was tagged with a loss in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks Wednesday night.
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Budaj has been an effective backup for the Habs this season, though he was just okay in this contest, stopping 25 of 28 shots in the loss. His record now stands at 10-8-3 while his GAA is 2.51 and his save percentage is .908.
Brandon Prust may be ready for playoffs | 04/09/2014 8:24 AM
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Brandon Prust (upper body) skated before practice on Tuesday.
Montreal Gazette

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He might be ready to play in the postseason. "We'll see next week, but we're not there yet," said coach Michel Therrien. Prust hasn't played since Mar. 18.
Montreal will rest Andrei Markov Wednesday | 04/09/2014 8:20 AM
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Andrei Markov won't play Wednesday night in Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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He is being rested by the Canadiens along with fellow defenseman Alexei Emelin. Carey Price also stayed in Montreal and Peter Budaj will start. The Canadiens host the New York Islanders on Thursday and all of them could be back in the lineup for that contest.
Canadiens call up Dustin Tokarski | 04/08/2014 5:27 PM
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The Montreal Canadiens recalled goalie Dustin Tokarski from the AHL on Sunday.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter

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It's unlikely he'll make much of an impact, as he's expected to back up Peter Budaj so the Habs can give Carey Price a breather with little on the line. Even so, keep an eye out for a potential start/relief appearance. He's been sharp in very limited NHL action this season.
Carey Price will start in last two games | 04/08/2014 1:35 PM
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Carey Price will start in Montreal's final two regular season games.
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Price will not participate in Wednesday's contest against Chicago though. At this point, Montreal's primary concern is making sure Price is in a good place going into the postseason, so they'll give him some work to keep his routine going while also allowing him to rest a bit.
Peter Budaj is expected to play on Wednesday | 04/08/2014 1:32 PM
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Peter Budaj will play between the pipes on Wednesday against Chicago.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter

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If everything goes according to plan, then that will be Budaj's final start of the regular season. He has a 2.49 GAA and .910 save percentage in 23 games in 2013-14.
Gorges (hand) will play on Wednesday | 04/08/2014 12:30 PM
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Josh Gorges (hand) will return on Wednesday.
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He has been out of the Canadiens' lineup for roughly a month. He has a goal and 13 points in 63 games this season.
Dale Weise (hand) may play Wednesday night | 04/08/2014 8:33 AM
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Dale Weise (hand) may get clearance Tuesday to play on Wednesday against Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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"We'll see how the injury responds tomorrow and determine what the plan is," said Weise after he practiced on Monday. "I've been skating for the past week and a half, so my conditioning level is good. All I need now is to get some game action under my belt and to work the kinks out before the playoffs." He has been sidelined since Mar. 24 with a hand injury.
Josh Gorges (hand) on target to return Weds. | 04/08/2014 8:26 AM
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Josh Gorges (hand) participated in Monday's practice and he should be cleared to return for Wednesday's game versus Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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He has been sidelined since Mar. 5 with a fractured hand, which he sustained on Mar. 1 against Toronto when he blocked a shot. If you need shot blocks then Gorges is a good play, but he doesn't bring anything else of value from a fantasy perspective.
Max Pacioretty earns 3rd star of the week | 04/07/2014 4:24 PM
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Max Pacioretty was the third star of the week.
NHL.com

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He recorded four goals and two assists in three games. Pacioretty produced a hat trick and added two helpers in a 7-4 win over Ottawa on Friday night. He has 39 goals and 60 points in 70 games this campaign.
Brian Gionta gets two goals to lead Habs | 04/05/2014 11:04 PM
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Brian Gionta lit the lamp twice for the Canadiens in their 5-3 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.
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Gionta continues to be a solid producer, even at 35. He isn't going to carry the Canadiens offensively, but he can chip in and provide some secondary scoring. He has 17 goals and 39 points this season. Michael Bournival, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk picked up the other markers. Jarred Tinordi and Lars Eller assisted twice.
Carey Price nearly sees win vanish vs. Wings | 04/05/2014 11:03 PM
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Carey Price made 34 saves as Montreal defeated Detroit on Saturday night 5-3.
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Price nearly saw what looked to be an easy win disappear. Montreal held a 3-0 lead in the third period, but the Red Wings scored three straight goals to tie it up. Price has five wins over his last six games. He remains a rock-solid option between the pipes. Price has a 2.37 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, good for fifth in the league.
Peter Budaj will start Friday vs. Ottawa | 04/03/2014 5:06 PM
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Peter Budaj will get the call for Montreal on Friday in Ottawa.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens will likely go back to Carey Price for Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Doug Murray earns 3-game ban for head shot | 04/03/2014 2:25 PM
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Doug Murray has been suspended for three games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Ba defenseman Mike Kostka.
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The incident occurred on Tuesday late in the third period and it left Kostka concussed. Murray won't be eligible to return until next Thursday when the Canadiens host the New York Islanders on Apr. 10.
P.K. Subban gets benched in loss to Lightning | 04/02/2014 10:53 AM
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P.K. Subban logged a season-low 17:48 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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It marker just the second time this season that he's played fewer than 20 minutes in a game. Subban recorded two hits and a minus-1 rating in the contest. He has 53 points and 79 penalty minutes in 77 games this year.
Doug Murray faces a hearing for hit on Kostka | 04/02/2014 10:46 AM
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Doug Murray will face a disciplinary hearing Thursday for an illegal check to the head on Tampa Bay's Mike Kostka on Tuesday night.
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Murray received a match penalty on the play. The incident occurred late in the third period. Kostka was eventually able to get up under his own power.
Carey Price's four game win streak snapped | 04/01/2014 11:56 PM
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Carey Price made 30 saves on 32 shots Tuesday night but it was not enough as the Bolts zinged the Habs 3-1 in a potential first round playoff preview.
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Price's four game winning streak is snapped, as the red-hot goaltender loses for just the second time in 11 games since Feb. 4. Price is 32-19-5 this season with a .925 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average.
Brendan Gallagher scores, Habs lose to Bolts | 04/01/2014 11:51 PM
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Brendan Gallagher scored the lone Habs' goal in a 3-1 loss to Tampa on Tuesday night.
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Gallagher opened the scoring and now has 40 points through 76 games. Gallagher has two points in his last three games. Both teams, the Lightning and the Habs, clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday and chances are, the two sides will meet in the first round unless Detroit catches either of them.
Alexei Emelin (personal) slated to play Tues. | 03/31/2014 4:30 PM
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Alexei Emelin returned to Montreal on Monday for a personal matter.
Montreal Gazette

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He's still expected to be back to play Tuesday in Tampa Bay, though.
Josh Gorges aims to return next week | 03/31/2014 10:41 AM
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Josh Gorges is targeting Montreal's game in Chicago on Apr. 9 for his return from a fractured hand.
Montreal Gazette

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He has been sidelined since Mar. 5 after undergoing surgery to repair the damage caused by a blocked shot. Gorges is fourth in NHL with 173 blocks in 63 games.
Tomas Plekanec should be back in Tuesday | 03/31/2014 10:35 AM
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Tomas Plekanec (personal) is expected to be back with the Canadiens on Monday for practice.
Montreal Gazette

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He missed Saturday's game because of "family reasons," but he was projected to rejoin his teammates in Florida on Sunday night. Montreal visits the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday and Plekanec should be back in the lineup.
P.K. Subban has an assist on Saturday | 03/30/2014 10:47 AM
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P.K. Subban had an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over Florida on Saturday.
Montreal Gazette

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Subban has been one of the league's top offensive defenseman this season with 10 goals and 53 points in 76 games. He won the Norris Trophy last season, but it's hard to picture him as the favorite this time around despite his offensive production.
Thomas Vanek has been great with Montreal | 03/30/2014 10:38 AM
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Thomas Vanek has been excelling with the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal Gazette

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Vanek spent a good chunk of his tenure with the New York Islanders playing on a great line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. He had a lot of success with them, but he's managed to succeed in a lot of different situations with a variety of linemates this season. He had a goal and an assist on Saturday, giving him six goals and 11 points in 12 games since the Canadiens acquired him.
Max Pacioretty reaches 35-goal mark Saturday | 03/30/2014 10:35 AM
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Max Pacioretty set a new career-high with two goals on Saturday.
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Pacioretty has reached the 35-goal milestone for the first time in his career. That includes a remarkable 10 game-winning markers, including his first goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over Florida. He also had an assist Saturday night, giving him 54 points in 67 games.
Carey Price makes 36 saves for 4th straight W | 03/29/2014 10:50 PM
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Carey Price blocked 36 shots in the Canadiens' 4-1 win against the Panthers on Saturday night.
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A nice bounce-back outing after giving up four in a win against the Red Wings on Thursday. Price gave up the lone goal late in the second period. He has won four straight contests, giving him 32 wins, a 2.36 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Use him with confidence as the season comes to a close.
Parros likely in Saturday night v Florida | 03/29/2014 10:15 AM
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George Parros will likely play Saturday night against the Panthers.
Hockey Inside/Out

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He is a frequent healhty scratch but could play if Tomas Plekanec does not return from tending to a family matter in Montreal in time to play in Miami. If you need some PIMs you could start Parros against the Panthers.
Price to start in goal v Cats Saturday | 03/29/2014 10:09 AM
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Carey Price will start in goal against Florida Saturday night.
Montreal Gazette

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He is coming off a sub-par performance in which he allowed four goals but registered the win against Detroit Thursday night. We expect Price to rebound against the success-challenged Panthers. Make sure you start him.
Plekanec questionable for Saturday | 03/29/2014 10:07 AM
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We would not count on Tomas Plekanec making it to Florida in time for Saturday night's game against the Panthers.
Montreal Gazette

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He did not travel with his teammates from Detroit to Florida Thursday night but instead returned to Montreal on Friday to attend to a family matter. If Plekanec does not play, Lars Eller will be one beneficiary as he will move up a line to play alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. George Parros would aslo benefit as he would likely dress and play on Montreal's fourth line.
Tim Bozon has been released from the hospital | 03/28/2014 2:56 PM
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Tim Bozon (meningitis) is being released from the hospital.
Canadiens.nhl.com

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Bozon will still need months to recover after coming out of a medically induced coma. "We are optimistic he will make a full recovery but it will take some time before that possibility could be realized," Dr. Gary Hunter said. Bozon is a Montreal Canadiens prospect that was playing for WHL Kootenay.
Tomas Plekanec (personal) doubtful Saturday | 03/28/2014 12:08 PM
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Tomas Plekanec has temporarily left the Canadiens to attend to a personal matter.
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Montreal is scheduled to play in Florida on Saturday and we would be surprised if he's back in time for that game. He has 20 goals and 41 points in 75 games this season.
David Desharnais has been racking up assists | 03/28/2014 8:39 AM
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David Desharnais generated a goal and an assist in Thursday's win against Detroit.
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The diminutive center is currently playing between Montreal's two top-talented wingers in Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty. Desharnais has amassed 15 points, including 12 assists, in 16 games following the Olympic break.
P.K. Subban has up and down game against DET | 03/28/2014 8:33 AM
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P.K. Subban had an erratic night in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Montreal Gazette

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He had two helpers in the contest, but was victimized in his own end on three Red Wings' markers in a 5-4 victory. Subban finished the game with a minus-1 rating. He has no goals and 10 assists in his last 12 outings.
Tomas Plekanec scores 2 goals vs. Red Wings | 03/28/2014 8:28 AM
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Tomas Plekanec netted two goals in Thursday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
Montreal Gazette

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He hit the 20-goal mark for the sixth time in his career thanks to Thursday's effort. Plekanec has never reached the 30-goal plateau. He has 41 points in 75 games this season.
Carey Price holds on for wild win over Wings | 03/27/2014 10:03 PM
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Carey Price and the Canadiens defeated Detroit in a crazy 5-4 contest Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Price allowed four goals on 30 shots in the victory, but the game was a wide-open affair that shouldn't be treated as a sign of things to come. By extending his winning streak to three games, he has now emerged victorious in eight of his last nine outings. His GAA is 2.39 while his save percentage is .924.
Thomas Vanek lifts Canadiens to victory | 03/27/2014 9:58 PM
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Thomas Vanek was a force for the Canadiens in Thursday's wild 5-4 victory over the Red Wings.
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Vanek seems to be getting more comfortable with his new set of teammates and he proved it by contributing a goal and two helpers in the win. He has now registered nine points and 42 shots on goal in 11 games with the Habs. Tomas Plekanec also enjoyed a big night with a pair of markers while Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais rounded out the scoring.
Habs sign Mich. defenseman Mac Bennett | 03/26/2014 9:45 PM
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Defenseman Mac Bennett signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens.
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Bennett was taken in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Habs. In his career at Michigan, 136 games, Bennett tallied 14 goals and 51 assists, with 53 penalty minutes. The blueliner was the team's captain this season.
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