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Game Day - Game 6 vs Senators, April 26

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens held an earlier morning skate than usual at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata on Sunday ahead of their 6:00 p.m. game against the Senators. Dale Weise was the only player not on the ice for practice (therapy day).

- P-A Parenteau will return to action on Sunday night after missing the last four games. He sustained an upper body injury in Game 1 of the series and was a healthy scratch for Games 4 and 5. Michel Therrien did not confirm who Parenteau would be replacing in the lineup, but the 32-year-old winger knows no matter who he’s skating with, he’ll be counted on to bolster an offense that has managed just 10 goals through five playoff games thus far.

Parenteau will be back in action on Sunday night.

“I was patient and just wanted to be positive and stay with my teammates. I did that, and now it’s my chance to hop into the lineup tonight to help close the series,” explained Parenteau, who has three points in eight career postseason games. “I’m really excited for that. I think I’m known for my offense so I can help the team in that area. The team has been playing really well in these playoffs, so I was just waiting for my turn.”

While he refused to reveal his final lineup ahead of Game 6, Therrien was clear on what he expects to see from Parenteau on Sunday night.

“When he’s on the top of his game he’s got poise and he can help on the power play,” said Therrien, whose powerplay has connected just once on 19 opportunities so far in the postseason. “He can make good plays and he’s responsible at both ends of the ice.”

- In the three games he’s played since coming in to relieve Andrew Hammond between the pipes, Craig Anderson has stopped 120 of the 123 shots he’s faced, giving him an NHL-leading .976 save percentage in the first round. No stranger to staking himself out in the blue paint to help light the lamp, Brendan Gallagher doesn’t expect to be the only Hab finding himself inside Anderson’s personal space when the puck drops on Sunday night.

“Pucks haven’t been going in and it hasn’t been for a lack of effort or scoring chances, but we have to find ways to beat him,” described Gallagher, who is still searching for his first goal of the 2015 postseason. “He’s an experienced guy, he’s been around a lot, he’s feeling pretty confident and he’s feeling pretty good about himself right now, so it’s just getting as many pucks around him as possible and playing the odds. They’re doing a good job of pushing the rules and trying to box us out as early as possible, but it’s going to be important for us to get inside and continue to battle. It’s playoff hockey; it’s not going to be easy.”

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