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Posted On Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 12:52 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Lightning series blog

Canadiens defenseman Beaulieu could play in Game 5

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will be a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien said that Beaulieu has been cleared to return from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him for the past seven games.

"Yes, he's ready to play," Therrien said. "He's 100 percent and we'll let you know if he's going to be in the lineup."

Beaulieu has not played since Game 3 of the Canadiens' first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. He had one assist in three games, all Montreal wins, which won the series in six games.

Posted On Sunday, 05.03.2015 / 1:11 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Lightning series blog

Canadiens looking to crack Bishop in Game 2

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien is going with the same lineup he used Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Sunday at Bell Centre (6 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).

Therrien said Montreal created 29 scoring chances against Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop in its 2-1 loss in double-overtime loss in Game 1.

"We generated a lot of scoring chances and we got some net-front presence, but Bishop was really good," Therrien said after the morning skate Sunday. "We've got to give the guy a lot of credit."

Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 1:03 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Lightning series blog

Canadiens cook up new power-play units for Game 1

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said no one is buying what his team's power play has been trying to sell lately.

So on Friday he put his chef's hat and cooked up some new power-play groups heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN).

"We want to change the ingredients in the recipe a little bit because right now the ingredients we're putting in, it's not selling," Therrien said. "It needs a bit of spice; it's as simple as that. It can't be worse."

Posted On Friday, 04.24.2015 / 12:50 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens stress execution as they try to close series

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Execution is the Montreal Canadiens' mantra heading into Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Montreal split a pair of games in Ottawa and holds a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series after winning the first two games at home.

"We like to play at home," Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov said after the morning skate Friday. "Our fans give us extra energy and we just have to play our best and try to focus on our game and bring our best [Friday]."

Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 6:20 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens winning despite power-play slump

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens' power play is struggling so much four games into the Stanley Cup Playoffs that even a moral victory would boost team morale.

Montreal holds a 3-1 advantage in its best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators despite scoring once in 16 power-play opportunities. Left wing Max Pacioretty scored the Canadiens' only power-play goal of the series so far in the second period of Game 2, which Montreal won 3-2 in overtime.

Game 5 is Friday at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA).


Posted On Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 3:44 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens defenseman Beaulieu out for rest of series

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will miss the rest of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators with an upper-body injury.

Beaulieu absorbed two hits from Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the second period of Game 3 on Sunday. Although Beaulieu returned, he did not play in the third period or overtime.

"He's been playing really well for us," Canadiens goalie Carey Price said after practice in Saint-Jovite, Quebec, on Tuesday. "He's been moving the puck, he's been eating up some minutes for us, but at the same time we knew going into the playoffs that some guys would probably end up missing some time at some point, so it's just time for other guys to take the opportunity and run with it."

Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:58 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Status of Canadiens' Pacioretty for Game 2 unknown

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien had no news about when left wing Max Pacioretty could return to the lineup, leaving his stats for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series Friday against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) unknown.

Pacioretty has been out since April 5 because of an upper-body injury.

"I can't answer that. I haven't spoken to the medical team yet," Therrien said Friday after the Canadiens' optional morning skate at their suburban practice facility.

Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 4:22 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens' Pacioretty still questionable for Game 2

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty practiced on a line Thursday, though his availability remains uncertain for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

Pacioretty is recovering from an upper-body injury and missed Montreal's 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 on Wednesday.

On Thursday he took Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau's place at practice on a line with center David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly, who moved from left wing to right wing.

Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 4:20 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens' Subban says he paid price for Stone slash

BROSSARD, Quebec -- P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens believe the penalties he received Wednesday for his controversial slash on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone were punishment enough, if not too much.

Subban was assessed a game misconduct in addition to a five-minute major penalty for slashing Stone on the right wrist at 8:23 of the second period of Montreal's 4-3 win against Ottawa in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series at Bell Centre.

Posted On Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 2:35 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens have distinctly different clinching scenarios for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs riding on the outcome of their game at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, RDS, SNE, CITYM), as well as three other Eastern Conference games on Thursday.

Detroit would clinch a playoff berth for a 24th straight season if they defeat Montreal for the first time in four games this season, or if the Ottawa Senators lose their game at the New York Rangers in regulation. The Red Wings can also clinch with an overtime or shootout loss to the Canadiens if Ottawa loses in any fashion, or if the Boston Bruins lose in regulation against the Florida Panthers.

Goalie Jimmy Howard will start his second game in a row after making 30 saves in Detroit's 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, and said he has no intention of checking out of town scores during the game.

"I really don't pay attention to the boards, to that part," Howard said. "We've just got to take care of our own business. We control our own destiny and it's no different here (Thursday)."

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