The Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin have just over a month to persuade defenseman Jeff Petry to sign a multi year contract. Bergevin has stated that he wants to sign Petry but on July first he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Over the last four years, the Canadiens power play has ranked near the bottom of the league. Their power play woes spilled into the playoffs and that failure may have shortened the Canadiens Stanley Cup run.
During last week’s news conference, Marc Bergevin was asked about the decline in his development compared with the strides made by Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn. ”I wouldn’t say (Tinordi) stepped back, I’d say that Beaulieu and Pateryn took a step forward. Tinordi is still a big part of this team.”
During his news conference last week, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin tried to put a damper on hopes of landing a top line centreman in the off-season. It doesn’t m,ean he won’t make the effort however.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin held a one hour news conference Friday in which he laid out some of his off-season plans for the hockey club. One of his top priorityies will be attempting to re-sign defenseman Jeff Petry. He also announced the release of defensemen Serge Gonchar and Mike Weaver plus forward Manny Malhotra.
The Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Canadiens hopes of engineering only fifth comeback from an 0-3 deficit in Stanley Cup history with a convincing 4-1 win Tuesday night in Tampa. The Lightning was the series 4 games to 2 and will move on to meet either the Washington Capitals or New York Rangers who will play the seventh and deciding game of their series Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have not lost three games in a row since the Canadiens took them out in four straight during last year’s playoff second round. The Canadiens will be looking to beat the Lightning for the third straight time and even their series Tuesday night at the Amalie Centre in Tampa Tuesday night.
The Canadiens will play a sixth game in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. P.A Parenteau scored with just under five minutes remaining to give the Canadiens a 2-1 in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference Semi-final. Game six of the series will be played at Tampa onTuesday.
Ten times in Canadiens history the Canadiens have lost the first three games of a playoff round. They have come back to win game four five times but have never been able to extend a series to a sixth game.
Led by three points from Max Pacioretty including a goal shorthanded, the Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 Thursday night in Tampa. It was their first win over the Lightning in nine games this season. Tampa still leads the series 3 games to 1 with game five scheduled for the Bell Centre on Saturday night.,