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Posted On Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 1:48 PM

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

Canadiens' confidence never waned during series

TAMPA -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was asked prior to Game 3 here, having lost the first two games of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning, whether having two days off helped him make the necessary adjustments to turn the series around.

"Honestly, we don’t have that many adjustments to make," Therrien said.

When the Canadiens went on to lose Game 3 later that night 2-1 on a last-second goal by Tyler Johnson to go down 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, the quote resonated back in Montreal as a kiss of death.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 1:20 PM

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

Canadiens' Desharnais feels better, could play Game 3

TAMPA -- Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais said he'll be back in the lineup Wednesday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (7 p.m. ET; CBC, USA, TVA Sports).

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien did not want to confirm Desharnais would play, but said as long as the center feels well from the gastrointestinal virus that forced him to miss Game 2, he will be in the lineup.

"I'm feeling fine now and ready to help my teammates have a big win tonight," Desharnais said.

The Canadiens trail the best-of-7 series 2-0.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 6:24 PM

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

Canadiens' Prust apologizes for comments about ref

TAMPA -- Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust apologized Tuesday to referee Brad Watson for what he said following Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Following a 6-2 Lightning win at Bell Centre on Sunday, Prust claimed Watson called him a series of names and accused the referee of trying to take over the game.

On Tuesday, Prust admitted he was wrong to say those things publicly.

"First off, I'd like to apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL," Prust said. "It was uncalled for. We got in a heated exchange, and that should have stayed between us. I've always played by the code on and off the ice, I'm a pretty honest player. On Sunday I crossed the line."

The NHL on Tuesday fined Prust $5,000 for the comments.
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Posted On Tuesday, 05.05.2015 / 12:59 PM

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

Desharnais to join Canadiens, possible for Game 3

TAMPA -- Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais will join his teammates Tuesday after he missed the team's flight here Monday because of an illness, the Canadiens said.

Desharnais was scheduled to arrive late Tuesday afternoon. He will arrive after the Canadiens' practice Tuesday but he is expected to participate in their morning skate Wednesday prior to Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET; CBC, USA, TVA Sports).

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Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 5:52 PM

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

Canadiens' Desharnais will miss Game 2 with flu

MONTREALMontreal Canadiens center David Desharnais will miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday because of the flu.

Desharnais was replaced by center Brian Flynn, who has not played since Game 5 of the Canadiens first-round series against the Ottawa Senators on April 24.

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Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 2:00 PM

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

Lightning still feel 'sting' of 2014 playoff loss

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."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 2:13 PM

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

Red Wings' Kronwall confident he'll play next round

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.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 1:45 PM

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

Red Wings' Zidlicky out for Game 7 vs. Lightning

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.

Kronwall will be replaced by Alexey Marchenko on the top pairing with Jonathan Ericsson, and Jakub Kindl will play in Zidlicky's spot next to Brendan Smith.

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Posted On Sunday, 04.26.2015 / 12:15 PM

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

Canadiens' Parenteau to play Game 6 vs. Senators

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."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.25.2015 / 4:30 PM

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

Canadiens say Senators' Anderson not in their heads

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."

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