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Francis Lessard

Francis Lessard  #49

Right Wing
NUMBER: 49 BIRTHDATE: May 30, 1979
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Montreal, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 235 DRAFTED: CAR / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 3rd   (80th overall)

AHL/Season Notes: Played in the 100th game of his NHL career on March 8 at New Jersey (2-1 win); Recalled from Binghamton (AHL) for the first time on Feb. 18 ... Made his Senators' debut that evening vs Boston (4-2 loss) ... Has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and a team-high 187 penalty minutes in 36 games with the B-Sens ... Upon recall, ranked fourth in the AHL in penalty minutes ... Made his NHL debut on 3/27/02 vs Minnesota (with Atlanta).
Career game highs: Goals: 1, 11/16/03 vs Florida (with Atlanta); Assists: 1, (3x) last: 3/13/04 vs Washington (with Atlanta); Points: 1, (4x) last: (0-1), 3/13/04 vs Washington (with Atlanta)

Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1998) Traded to Philadelphia by Carolina for Philadelphia's 8th round choice (Antti Jokella) in 1999 Entry Draft, May 25, 1999. Traded to Atlanta by Philadelphia for David Harlock and Atlanta's 3rd (later traded to Phoenix Phoenix selected Tyler Redenbach) and 7th (later traded to San Jose San Jose selected Joe Pavelski) round choices in 2003 Entry Draft, March 15, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 31, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, August 4, 2010.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round