PLAYOFF GAME #4 –   Canadiens-4  Tampa Bay-3 [Habs Sweep Series]   (April 22, 2014)

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PLAYOFF GAME #4 – Canadiens-4 Tampa Bay-3 [Habs Sweep Series] (April 22, 2014)

Max Pacioretty scored with 42.6 seconds remaining to nullify a Tampa Bay third period comeback as the Canadiens edged the Lightning 4-3 to complete their first playoff series sweep in 21 years. The winning goal came on a Canadiens power play. The Habs now await the winner of the Detroit/Boston series and the second round. Boston has a 2-1 lead in that series.

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About Ron Reusch

Ron Reusch covered sports both nationally and internationally over five decades. (1960s through 2010). Based in Montreal, Ron worked on the English language play-by-play broadcasts of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and NL’s Montreal Expos.

As a member of the CTV Television Network, Ron covered a variety of including the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games and the 1976, 1984 and 1992 Summer Olympic Games. He also did play-by-play for CTV’s coverage of the first three Canada Cup hockey tournaments (1976, 1981 and 1984) and served as color commentator to Dan Kelly’s play-by-play for the NHL’s 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons on CTV plus the 1987 Canada Cup. Other CTV assignments included live broadcasts of the Indianapolis 500 (6 times), and the Canadian Grand Prix.

Canadiens

PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEW #4 Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens (April 22, 2014)

The Canadiens go for a playoff sweep for the first time in 21 years Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens once again. Anders Lindback for the the Lightning.

UNBELIEVABLY….IT’S BEEN 21 YEARS – The Last Time Canadiens Led A Playoff Series 3-0 UNBELIEVABLY….IT’S BEEN 21 YEARS – The Last Time Canadiens Led A Playoff Series 3-0

1993 was the “last time” for a long list of things. It was the last time the Canadiens won a Stanley Cup. The last time the Canadiens were in a Stanley Cup final. The last time a Canadian based team won a Stanley Cup. It was also the last time the Canadiens had a 3-0 lead in a playoff series.

CANADIENS COULD BE COMPLETELY HEALTHY FOR A SECOND PLAYOFF ROUND CANADIENS COULD BE COMPLETELY HEALTHY FOR A SECOND PLAYOFF ROUND

Travis Moen returned to full Canadiens practice Monday as his teammates prepared for the fourth game of their playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs have the opportunity to wrap their first series win in four years Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

PLAYOFF GAME #3  – Canadiens-3 Tampa Bay-2  [Habs Take 3-0 Lead]    April 20, 2014 PLAYOFF GAME #3 – Canadiens-3 Tampa Bay-2 [Habs Take 3-0 Lead] April 20, 2014

Brendan Gallagher scored a goal and assist, P.K. Subban two assists and Rene Bourque with his third goal in two games as the Canadiens edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 and took a 3-0 lead in their opening round playoff series. The Canadiens can wrap up their first win of a playoff series in four years when they host the Lightning in Game Four on Tuesday.

GAME PREVIEW #3 Tampa Bay @ Canadiens (April 20, 2014)

The Canadiens lineup will be unchanged as they go into game three of their first round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night. The Lightning are expected to have their top scorer Ondrej Palat back in their lineup after missing game two. Anders Lindback is expected to return to the Tampa nets after being pulled in favour of Kristers Gudlevskis in game two’s third period. The Canadiens are hoping to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

PLAYOFF GAME TWO –      Canadiens-4  Tampa Bay-1     (April 18, 2014) PLAYOFF GAME TWO – Canadiens-4 Tampa Bay-1 (April 18, 2014)

Led by two goals from Rene Bourque, the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Friday night and took a 2-0 lead in their best of seven opening round playoff series. Also scoring for the Canadiens were David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher. Teddy Purcell ruined Carey Price’s bid for a shutout with a power play
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Hockey-General News

CANADIENS RECALL TEN PLAYERS FROM HAMILTON BULLDOGS CANADIENS RECALL TEN PLAYERS FROM HAMILTON BULLDOGS

The Canadiens recalled ten members of their Hamilton Bulldogs roster Sunday none of whom, barring a disaster, is likely to see any action during the team’s playoff run. The recall gives Bulldogs coaches and members of the Canadiens development staff to give them additional attention before sending them home for the summer. Among those recalled
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BULLDOGS SEASON ENDS WITH A 3-1 LOSS TO SYRACUSE SATURDAY BULLDOGS SEASON ENDS WITH A 3-1 LOSS TO SYRACUSE SATURDAY

The Syracuse Crunch scored goals 1:10 apart in the second period to come from behind a 1-0 deficit and then added a clinching goal in the third period for a 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs Saturday night at First Ontario Centre. The game was played before a crowd of 7,444 on the final night
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BULLDOGS WIN FINAL ROAD GAME OF SEASON IN CLEVELAND TUESDAY BULLDOGS WIN FINAL ROAD GAME OF SEASON IN CLEVELAND TUESDAY

The Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Lake Erie Monsters 2-1 Friday night in their final road game of the 2013-2014 season. Nick Sorkin tipped home a Sven Andrighetto shot for what proved to be the winning goal in the third period. Joonas Nattinen scored the other Hamilton goal. Andrew Agozzino scored for Lake Erie, an affiliate
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BULLDOGS RECALL DORVAL NATIVE  STEFAN FOURNIER FROM WHEELING OF ECHL BULLDOGS RECALL DORVAL NATIVE STEFAN FOURNIER FROM WHEELING OF ECHL

The Canadiens knew they had a project on their hands when they signed undrafted Dorval native to a three-year entry level contract last summer. Fournier had spent five years in the Quebec Junior league with four different teams. He had some skating issues to be addressed and there were the usual defense deficiencies that come
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HAMILTON BULLDOGS EDGED BY ROCHESTER 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT HAMILTON BULLDOGS EDGED BY ROCHESTER 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT

Kevin Porter’s goal in the third round of the shootout gave the Rochester Americans a 4-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs Saturday night at FirstOntario Centre. Gabriel Dumont’s 19th goal of the season midway through the third period forced the overtime. Connor Crisp and Joonas Nattinen also scored for Hamilton. Porter, along with Braydon Irwin
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TAMPA EDGES COLUMBUS FRIDAY – Habs Hopes for Playoff Home Ice Advantage Plummet TAMPA EDGES COLUMBUS FRIDAY – Habs Hopes for Playoff Home Ice Advantage Plummet

The Canadiens failure against the New York Islanders Thursday night has severely damaged their chances of home ice advantage in the first round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. While the Canadiens were able to muster minimal effort against New York, the Lightning were putting up back to back wins against Philadelphia Thursday and
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HAMILTON BULLDOGS UPDATE – Tokarski Returned/Nevins Assigned/Owens Released HAMILTON BULLDOGS UPDATE – Tokarski Returned/Nevins Assigned/Owens Released

The Hamilton Bulldogs are finally home from their nine game-18 day road trip and within a point of being eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs.  The Bulldogs have three games remaining on their schedule and trail the Rochester Americans by five points in the AHL Western conference going into their weekend schedule that will see
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BULLDOGS FINISH NINE GAME ROAD TRIP WITH 4-3 SHOOTOUT WIN AT ST. JOHN’S BULLDOGS FINISH NINE GAME ROAD TRIP WITH 4-3 SHOOTOUT WIN AT ST. JOHN’S

Sven Andrighetto and Martin St. Pierre scored in the shootout and the Hamilton Bulldogs came from two goals back to defeat the St. John’s Ice Caps 4-3 Wednesday night. The win staved off Hamilton’s official elimination from AHL playoff qualification for another night. Mike Blunden’s goal at 1254 of the third period created the tie
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