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Posted On Monday, 05.05.2014 / 3:36 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Canadiens' Price recovers missing Labrador retrievers

BROSSARD, Quebec – Someone made a nice save for Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Priceon Monday.

Price sent a message on Twitter early Monday saying: "If anyone finds two labs running around Candiac they're mine."

TSN Radio 690 also reported the news that Price's Labrador retrievers had escaped in the suburb south of Montreal, and a caller of the station who heard about it found the labs and returned them to Price.

According to the report, the caller got an autographed stick in return.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 5:12 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bournival forcing his way into Canadiens lineup

Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Michael Bournival is making it difficult for coach Michel Therrien to keep him off the ice, and that could be a problem for two of Montreal's veteran forwards.

Bournival was re-inserted into the lineup for Game 2 of the Canadiens' Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Saturday in place of veteran forward Travis Moen, who returned to the lineup in Game 1 after missing a month with a concussion.

Bournival began the game on Therrien's fourth line with Daniel Briere and Dale Weise, but finished it on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher, taking the spot of Brandon Prust.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 10:51 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Canadiens' Bournival replaces Moen in Game 2

BOSTON – Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Michael Bournival will get back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, coach Michel Therrien said.

Veteran forward Travis Moen will be scratched after playing 13:07 in Montreal's 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 1, which was his first game back after missing a month with a concussion.

Therrien said the long absence coupled with the quick turnaround between games led him to put Bournival back in the lineup.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:15 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Canadiens mulling lineup changes for Game 1

BOSTON Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien did not make a single lineup change throughout the Eastern Conference First Round series sweep against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that might change now.

Therrien would not confirm his lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"You'll see my lineup tonight," Therrien said following the Canadiens morning skate.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 1:57 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Media circus surrounds Bruins, Canadiens for Game 1

BOSTON – If the two coaches were representative of the moods of their teams, the Montreal Canadiens would be painted as a much more relaxed bunch than the Boston Bruins ahead of Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series that begins Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Bruins coach Claude Julien and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, two men who go way back to their days coaching in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, each met with the media following their team's morning skate.

They were polar opposites of each other.

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 7:04 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Pacioretty using Canadiens' time off for 'daddy duty'

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty scored the goal that clinched an Eastern Conference First Round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, and he's been putting the extra time off to good use.

"I'm on daddy duty," Pacioretty said Friday. "It gets my mind off hockey."

The two days off Canadiens coach Michel Therrien gave his players came to an end Friday when the team got back on the ice for practice, but Pacioretty appreciated the time to get to know his four-month-old son Lorenzo.

Pacioretty admitted he hasn't truly immersed himself into daddy duty; he has yet to change a diaper.

"I'm embarrassed to say I haven't changed one yet; I help in every other department," he said, somewhat ashamed. "I'll go home today and I'll change one."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 7:29 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Lightning-Canadiens series blog

Lightning defenseman Gudas out for Game 4

MONTREAL -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will not play Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 2:26 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Lightning-Canadiens series blog

Lightning plan to empty tank trying to avoid sweep

MONTREAL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping their strong play over the final two periods of Game 3 will carry over into Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday (7 pm ET; NHLN-US, CBC, RDS, FS-F).

The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 3-0 and are looking to complete the sweep. If the Lightning win, Game 5 will be Thursday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The fact they don't really have a choice but to maintain that high level of play makes it a bit easier for the Lightning to focus on the positives of their 3-2 loss on Sunday.

The main point for Lightning coach Jon Cooper was that the youth on his team experiencing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time walked into an extremely hostile environment at Bell Centre on Sunday and showed no signs of wilting under the pressure.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 1:49 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Lightning-Canadiens series blog

Lightning's Salo practices, possibility for Game 4

MONTREAL -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo practiced Tuesday morning and could return to the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens (7 pm ET; NHLN-US, CBC, RDS, FS-F).

Salo missed a 3-2 Lightning loss in Game 3 on Sunday with an upper-body injury, but he was paired with scratched defenseman Keith Aulie at the morning skate, so it's possible Salo is out for Game 4.

Otherwise, neither the Lightning nor the Canadiens are expected to make lineup changes.

The Canadiens held an optional skate Tuesday with 13 skaters and backup goalie Peter Budaj taking part.

Here are the projected lineups:

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 12:18 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Lightning-Canadiens series blog

Lightning's Bishop takes shots, Cooper encouraged

MONTREAL -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was on the ice Tuesday morning and took a few shots as he continues his recovery from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him since April 8.

However, coach Jon Cooper ruled out any possibility of Bishop making a miraculous recovery to start Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, CBC, RDS, FS-F).

"No chance," Cooper said. "But it's encouraging to watch what's happening."

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