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WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 2)

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The Lightning suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to Montreal in Game 1 of the series, so while this contest isn’t a must-win for Tampa Bay, it’s close to it.

The Lightning have an uphill battle ahead of them though, given that rookie Ondrej Palat is hurt and goaltender Ben Bishop isn’t likely to return from his elbow injury “any time soon.”

That being said, Steven Stamkos is healthy and doing everything he can to lead the Lightning. He beat Canadiens goaltender Carey Price twice in Game 1.

Game 2 will start at 7:00 p.m. ET and will air on CNBC. If you would rather watch the game online, you can do so by using the link below:

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You might also be interested in these stories while you wait for the game to start:

‘Rejuvenated’ Weise enjoying the belief of his coach in Montreal

Cooper: Bolts ‘kept shooting ourselves in the foot’ in OT loss

WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 1)

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While Carey Price carries the hype and the gold medal into this series, some wondered if the gap in net was that large between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning considering the year Ben Bishop has enjoyed. Well, Bishop is out for Game 1, so that underdog story is in full swing.

Can the host Lightning navigate another bump in the road during a season full of adversity or will Price and the Habs finally prove too much for Tampa Bay? Will begin to find out with Game 1 on Wednesday, which is airing on CNBC and can be streamed via the link below.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

This intriguing series opener begins about 30 minutes before the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets in their own Game 1. If you want to toggle between the two games or even stream one on your computer and watch the other on TV, the Columbus – Pittsburgh game is on NBCSN and can be streamed via this link.

It’s all about to begin, so get excited (and streaming).

WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins

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Tonight, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will meet for the fourth and final time this season. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden; you can watch the game on NBCSN or check it out online via our live stream.

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Some game-related links and info to pass your way:

Goalie nods: Budaj looks to halt B’s, Montoya starts fifth straight

Get your game notes: Canadiens at Bruins

NHL on NBCSN: Canadiens looking to end Bruins’ 12-game win streak

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens

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It’s Rivalry Night in La Belle Province as the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Center. You can catch the game at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or you can watch via our livestream player.

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This game promises to be a big one for the Bruins as they look to snap Montreal’s five-game winning streak in the head-to-head matchup. Speaking of five-game win streaks, the Bruins are riding one heading into Montreal tonight and have only lost once in regulation since returning from the Olympic break in late February.

Here are all the relevant links for tonight’s game:

NHL on NBCSN: Bruins-Canadiens tangle in Montreal on Rivalry Night

Bruins’ Paille out at least two games with concussion

Get your game notes: Bruins at Habs

Join former NHL goalie Jamie McLennan for an online video chat tonight

It’s Montreal Canadiens day on PHT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team?  The Montreal Canadiens.

After the Montreal Canadiens finished 2011-12 with a disastrous 78 points, they shook up their front office by bringing in Marc Bergevin to serve as the new general manager. Bergevin in turn hired former Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel Therrien to once again serve as the team’s bench boss.

Bergevin and Therrien’s first season saw the Canadiens improve by leaps and bounds for a number of different reasons. For one thing, top-tier offensive defenseman Andrei Markov enjoyed his first healthy campaign in years and P.K. Subban took another step forward en route to winning the Norris Trophy. The duo played a prominent role in Montreal going from one of the worst power-play teams in 2011-12 to the fifth best last season.

Montreal was also led by a youth movement, including rookie forwards Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk. In fact, four of the team’s top six scorers and five of their top eight are 24 years old or younger.

With their improved offense, Montreal managed to capture the Northeast Division title, but they imploded against the Ottawa Senators in the first round. Goaltender Carey Price struggled towards the end of the season and that carried over into the playoffs.

After dropping three of Montreal’s first four games against Ottawa, Price was held out of Game 5 due to a knee injury. Backup Peter Budaj proved to be equally ineffective against the Senators and thus the Canadiens’ postseason run ended with a 6-1 defeat.

Offseason recap

The Canadiens have plenty of young players in their core and they’re on an upward trajectory, so Bergevin wasn’t inclined to make major changes this summer. That being said, they did make one big splash by signing Danny Briere to a two-year, $8 million contract after his previous deal was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers.

At the same time, they watched 2013 midseason acquisition Michael Ryder walk as an unrestricted free agent. He ended up signing a two-year, $7 million deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Montreal claimed forward Michael McCarron with the 25th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Related:

Introducing: PHT’s ‘Team of the Day’ summer series