TAMPA EDGES WASHINGTON 1-0 IN SHOOTOUT-Will Have Home Ice Against Canadiens

Apr 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Canadiens, Latest News

canadiens tama logoThe Canadiens will be traveling to St. Petersburg Florida later in the week to start their pursuit of a 25th Stanley Cup.

Matt Carle scored the only goal of the game in the second round of the shootout and the Lightning won 1-0 in Washington Sunday. The Lightning finish the season with 101 points, one more than the Canadiens who will finish third in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens/Lightning series will open Wednesday at the St. Pete Times Forum. The second game of the series is now confirmed for Friday with games three and four at the Bell Centre on Sunday and Tuesday.  (full schedule below)

The playoff history between the Canadiens and Lightning is limited to one series and four games.  After the Canadiens won a marathon first round seven game series with Boston, the Lightning swept the Habs out in four straight in the 2004 Eastern Conference semi-final and went on to win their only Stanley Cup.  Francis Bouillon and Andrei Markov are the only remaining Canadiens from that era.

Although Tampa took three of the four meetings, the season series between was very close. The first three games were decided in extra time and the fourth game was a two goal Tampa victory, only because of an empty net goal.

Carey+Price+Montreal+Canadiens+v+Tampa+Bay+_yV-cTgn2S7lGoaltending has been extraordinary in this season’s four game series. Carey Price allowed only six goals for a 1.41 goals against average and a glittering .956 save percentage.  Ben Bishop who’s arm/wrist injury will keep him out of at least the early part of the series, was even better, allowing only 4 goals for a 0.94 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage.

In a season series in which only a total of eleven goals were scored, it’s hard to find a dominant offensive performance. For Tampa Nate Thompson scored both goals in their 2-1 overtime win on February first. Victor Hedman has two assists. For the Canadiens, Daniel Briere has two goals, Brian Gionta two assists. Gionta also has five goals and four assists his last ten games against them. Although without a point in his lone Canadiens game against Tampa, Thomas Vanek in 36 games has 25 goals and 15 assists and 40 points. (Side-by-side full season statistical comparison below)

The Game by Game Season Series -

@Bell Centre Nov. 12 Tampa-2 Canadiens-1 (shootout) Filppula scored the shootout winner. Ryan Malone opened the scoring.  Daniel Briere tied it.   Carey Price with 44 saves.

@Tampa Bay Dec. 28 Canadiens-2 Tampa-1 (shootout). Lars Eller with shootout winner. Price stops all three shootout attempts. Plekanec scored in regulation time. Martin St. Louis for Tampa.

@Bell Centre Feb. 1 Tampa-2 Canadiens-1 (overtime). Nate Thompson’s second goal of the game in overtime won it. His first was a shorthand goal.   Daniel Briere tied the game in the third period.  Price stops 34 of 36 shots.

@Tampa Apr. 1 Tampa-3 Canadiens-1 Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson plus Alex Killorn (ENG). Gallagher for the Canadiens. Price stops 30 of 32.

SERIES B – A2 vs. A3
TIME (ET)    vs.  
NETWORKS
Wednesday, April 16 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay CBC, RDS, CNBC
Friday, April 18 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay CBC, RDS, CNBC
Sunday, April 20 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal CBC, RDS, NBCSN
Tuesday, April 22 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal CBC, RDS, NHLN U.S.
*Thursday, April 24 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay CBC, RDS, CNBC
*Sunday, April 27 TBD Tampa Bay at Montreal CBC, RDS, NBCSN
Tuesday, April 29 TBD Montreal at Tampa Bay CBC, RDS

The Canadiens/Lightning Side-by-Side Season Comparison – (League ranking in brackets)

Canadiens

Tampa Bay

2.55 (21st)

Goals Per Game

2.83 (10th)

2.45 (8th)

Goals Against Per Game

2.55 (11th)

28.4 (24th)

Shots on Goal Per Game

29.8 (18th)

31.0 (22nd)

Shots Against Per Game

29.2 ((13th)

13.0 (26th)

Penalty Minutes Per Game

10.3 (11th)

48 (15th)

Power Play Goals

50 (8th)

17.2% (19th)

Power Play %

18.5% (13th)

48 (19th)

Power Play Goals Allowed

50 (13th)

85.1% (5th)

Penalty Kill %

80.7% (23rd)

6 (18th)

Shorthanded Goals

10 (5th)

8 (20th)

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

8 (20th)

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