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Lightning putting playoff loss to Canadiens in past

by Corey Long

CANADIENS (3-0-0) at LIGHTNING (1-0-1)


TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was forced to be a spectator last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in their Eastern Conference First Round series because of his elbow injury. However, he says there is little carryover for him from the disappointing finish to last season into the Lightning's game Monday against the Canadiens.

"It's a new year and we have a bunch of new guys," Bishop said. "I'm just going to look at this as another game. They are 3-0 and a pretty good team right now so I'm just focused on trying to get two points."

Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said the playoff loss to Montreal is something that will motivate him and the team all season.

"Obviously we're not happy with the way the playoffs ended but it's in the past and we're just thinking about getting two points against a division opponent," Callahan said. "Everyone in here was disappointed with the playoffs after the regular season we had but that's going to be on our mind the whole year, not just when the Canadiens are in town."

Among the Lightning's new faces are Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman, who were part of a Rangers team that defeated the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Final last season. Callahan said there's not much he can take from what the Rangers did but hopes the success they had carries over into the game Monday.

"This is a new situation and a new team but they had a great [postseason] against Montreal last season," Callahan said. "So that's something that they will bring to the ice with them [Monday]."

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said he's less concerned about what happened last season and more focused on the current Lightning roster.

"There is a lot of talent and skill in that locker room," Therrien said. "And when Steven Stamkos is on the ice it's always an event because he's one of the League's top stars."

Therrien gave the Canadiens a day off Sunday for what he described as a mental and physical break.

"It's demanding to start on the road but it [the break] was well deserved," Therrien. "I saw the guys excited to be back at the rink [Monday]."

Here are the projected lineups:


Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher

Jiri Sekac - Tomas Plekanec - Alex Galchenyuk

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau - Lars Eller - Rene Bourque

Brandon Prust - Manny Malhotra - Travis Moen

Nathan Beaulieu - P.K. Subban

Andrei Markov - Tom Gilbert

Jarred Tinordi - Mike Weaver

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Dale Weise, Michael Bournival

Injured: Alexei Emelin (upper body)


Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Ryan Callahan

Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Tyler Johnson

Brenden Morrow - Brian Boyle - Brett Connolly

Nikita Kucherov - Vladislav Namestnikov - J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Matthew Carle - Eric Brewer

Jason Garrison - Radko Gudas

Ben Bishop

Evgeni Nabokov

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Andrej Sustr

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (thumb)

Status Report: Brewer will make his regular-season debut after being a healthy scratch the first two games. … Tinordi will take Emelin's place in the lineup for the second-straight game. … The Kucherov-Namestnikov-Brown line was one Lightning coach Jon Cooper used frequently when he coached the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Who’s Hot: Plekanec was named NHL First Star of the Week after scoring four goals in the Canadiens' first three games. … Hedman has scored power-play goals in each of the Lightning's games this season, including a game-winner against the Panthers on Thursday.

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