MONTREAL -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn't need to reach into his bag of motivational tricks for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
"The sting from last year is enough," Cooper said.
Last year the Lightning arrived at Bell Centre having lost the opening two games of their first-round series against the Canadiens and lost Game 3, with a disallowed goal by Lightning forward Ryan Callahan playing a big role in the game.
Cooper showed he hadn't quite gotten over that when he opened his Friday press conference by saying, "Back at the scene of the crime."
TAMPA -- When the Detroit Red Wings took the ice for their morning skate Wednesday to prepare to play Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, SUN), there was a familiar face among them.
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall took part in the skate with his teammates even though he was suspended for Game 7 on Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a charging incident with Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during Game 6 on Monday.
Kronwall's presence on the ice Wednesday spoke to his confidence in his teammates to win the game and give him a chance to face the Montreal Canadiens in the second round starting Friday.
TAMPA -- The Detroit Red Wings enter their biggest game of the season severely shorthanded on defense.
Red Wings defenseman Marek Zidlicky has an undisclosed injury and will not play Wednesday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, SUN), coach Mike Babcock said.
Zidlicky's absence leaves the Red Wings without two of their top six defensemen. Niklas Kronwall, who leads the Red Wings with an average of 23:35 of ice time per game, was suspended for the game Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a charging incident during Game 6.
OTTAWA -- Montreal Canadiens forward PA Parenteau will be back in the lineup for Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports).
The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien would not confirm who would be coming out to make room for Parenteau, who has not played since Game 1. He missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury and the next three games as a healthy scratch.
"When he’s in the prime of his game he has a lot of poise with the puck," Therrien said. "He can make some good plays, he's responsible at both ends of the ice and he can help us on the power play."
BROSSARD, Quebec -- Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson has made 120 saves on the 123 shots the Montreal Canadiens have taken at him in the past three games of their Eastern Conference First Round series, winning twice.
But for those concerned that Anderson might be getting in the Canadiens' heads, forward Dale Weise has a message for you: Don't bother.
"We're not a team that scores very much anyways, so goalies can't really get in our heads," Weise said Saturday. "We don't score that much as it is, so goalies don't really rattle us. Every goalie's had our number all year."
But the fact the Senators are in this position is a big reason why Stone will be going to Las Vegas for the first time for the NHL Awards. Stone, Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau were named finalists for the League rookie of the year award Thursday.
"It was a great feeling," Stone said Friday while preparing for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports). "Just a little reward. To get some consideration is always nice. It's one of those things where you'll probably look back on it more in the summer than you would right now."
MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron is changing a winning lineup.
Coming off the first win of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Senators will have a different look in Game 5 on Friday at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).
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Heading into Game 4 on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W), that knowledge of how difficult the 15,016 fans at MTS Centre will try to make it on them could be seen as an advantage the Ducks did not have prior to Game 3.
Byfuglien, a minus-3 in Winnipeg's overtime Game 3 loss, did speak to reporters a day before the Jets play Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday looking to avoid being swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W).
Byfuglien answered every question with a version of, "As long as we stick together as a team we'll be all right."
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