CANADIENS @ SENATORS – Game #4 (Montreal leads the series 3-0)
The Canadiens will have a chance to sweep the Senators in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series on Wednesday night in Ottawa.
Leading 3-0 in the series, Michel Therrien’s troops could complete an opening-round sweep for the second straight year after besting the Tampa Bay Lightning in a similar fashion last season.
On Sunday, Dale Weise played the role of hero, scoring the game-tying goal late in the third period before scoring the overtime-winner in the Canadiens’ 2-1 victory in the nation’s capital.
Weise and the Habs’ other depth players have played an important part in the team’s success early in the postseason – 15 players have registered their names on the scoresheet at least once through three games, and only four players have been blanked since the series began.
On Tuesday, Therrien announced that Nathan Beaulieu would miss the remainder of the series against the Senators after suffering an upper-body injury in Game 3. Greg Pateryn will take Beaulieu’s spot on the blue line for Game 4. He should line up alongside Tom Gilbert.
The Canadiens’ bench boss isn’t expected to feature any additional lineup changes on Wednesday night.
For their part, the Senators will go with Craig Anderson in goal. Anderson made 47 saves on Sunday night in his first start of the postseason.
Up front, Zack Smith will take David Legwand’s spot centering the fourth line.
The Senators have never rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. The Canadiens, meanwhile, have enjoyed a 3-0 series lead 35 times over the years, going on to win the series each and every time.
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