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Lightning put little stock in regular-season sweep

by Corey Long

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will not hang their hat on a 5-0-0 regular-season record against the Montreal Canadiens as they head to Quebec for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series at the Bell Centre on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Forward Brian Boyle said that despite the Lightning's success against the Canadiens during the regular season, they are still the team starting the series on the road.

"We went undefeated against them but they finished ahead of us," Boyle said. "So we're still chasing them and they are going to be ready for us and ready to exact some revenge for what happened this season."

The Lightning outscored the Canadiens 21-8 during the regular season and won all three games in the Bell Centre. Canadiens goalie Carey Price is a Hart and Vezina Trophy finalist, but his failures against Tampa Bay this season means he still has something to prove.

"I'm sure it's definitely on his mind and he's going to try to come out and prove that he's the best," forward Ryan Callahan said. "He's definitely one of the best goalies in the League."

The Canadiens have been off since eliminating the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Sunday and will catch the Lightning less than 48 hours after a Game 7 win against the Detroit Red Wings. But Callahan said there's no time to be tired during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We play every other day during the regular season," Callahan said. "So this shouldn't be anything new to us."

And just as the Lightning don't want to hang their hats on a regular-season sweep of the Canadiens, Callahan said he doesn't expect the Canadiens to think about their sweep of the Lightning in the first-round best-of-7 series last season.

"There's a lot of new guys, new faces," Callahan said. "It's a different team. It's a different feel."

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