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Canadiens fail to use home advantage in playoffs

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MONTREAL (AP) -Since leaving the old Forum behind in 1996, the Montreal Canadiens have yet to take advantage of home ice at Bell Centre in the playoffs.

And with the Pittsburgh Penguins possibly on the verge of getting Jordan Staal back in their lineup, that goal could very well remain beyond the Canadiens' grasp in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Thursday night.

After wresting home-ice from the defending Stanley Cup champions with a split of the first two games in Pittsburgh, Montreal squandered its series edge with yet another home loss Tuesday night.

The Canadiens have lost seven of eight home playoff games, including three of four this spring.

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