Montreal Canadiens

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

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A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Canadiens at Lightning, 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Following a last-second victory in Game 3 on Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning will look to complete the series sweep tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs have scored just seven goals while losing five of six after starting the playoffs by scoring nine times in three straight wins against Ottawa. Only four teams in league history have battled back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

Blackhawks at Wild, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Like the Habs, the Minnesota Wild will look to stave off elimination tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have also had scoring issues scoring just once in two games. Corey Crawford has won four straight games while posting a .963 save percentage. A Blackhawks victory will send Chicago to the Western Conference finals for a third consecutive spring.

PHT Morning Skate: ‘Business as usual’ tonight for Bishop

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Ben Bishop will make starts on consecutive nights for the first time this season tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning look to complete the sweep of their second round series with the Montreal Canadiens. Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter discuss the issues Bishop will face playing on back-to-back nights in the Florida heat.

With Patrick Kane scoring five goals through the first three games of the Blackhawks series against the Wild, a Wikipedia editor got a little creative with Minnesota’s Wikipedia page. (SI.com)

Ducks Patrick Maroon draws inspiration from young Kings’ fan battling cancer. (Bar Down)

“I wanted to prove I don’t belong in the stands” – Caps’ forward Andre Burakovsky on his two-goal performance in Game 4. (ESPN.com)

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones discuss what the Rangers need to do to address their scoring woes heading into Game 5.

Quick strike: Lightning steal Game 3 from Habs with last-second goal

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The Montreal Canadiens carried much of the play in Game 3, but Ben Bishop kept the Tampa Bay Lightning alive long enough for the most dramatic finish of the second round … since the last really exciting finish.

Much like the Washington Capitals’ last-second win in Game 1, the Lightning barely avoided overtime to grab a 2-1 win tonight. With that, Tampa Bay holds a 3-0 series lead over Montreal, and they can end the series as early as Thursday in Game 4.

In tonight’s case, Ondrej Palat made an alert pass to Victor Hedman, who went in deep to send a great one-time pass to Tyler Johnson. The undrafted marvel scored with just about a second left, shocking Carey Price and the Canadiens in the process.

Here’s video of the winner:

… And this is probably how it felt for Price and the Canadiens:

Let’s not kid ourselves, though. Johnson’s goal and Steven Stamkos’ pass serve as beautiful buzzer-beaters, but the bottom line is that Ben Bishop stole this one for the Lightning.

The Canadiens’ 15 third-period shots nearly matched what Tampa Bay generated all game (19). Overall, it was a 31-19 shot differential for Montreal, but Johnson’s last attempt was the one that ultimately mattered.

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(Chart via Natural Stat Trick)

One year after Montreal swept the Bolts from the 2014 postseason, the Lightning are one win away from possibly returning the favor. The Canadiens don’t have much time to gather their thoughts, either, as Game 4 is tomorrow.

If Game 3 is any indication, there won’t be much room for error.

For a playoff overview and all tonight’s biggest stories, click here.

Video: Bishop holds off close calls from Canadiens

Heading into their second-round series, many thought that the difference between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning may come down to who’s in net. So far, it’s been Ben Bishop making the big saves instead of Carey Price.

The desperate Habs have been carrying the play for much of this game (as of this writing, Tampa Bay lacks a second-period shot), yet Bishop keeps turning Montreal aside. As you can see from this stop, sometimes he’s also getting a little luck:

Bishop also stopped Dale Weise by a narrow margin:

So far, the Lightning hold a 1-0 lead against the Canadiens, but you have to wonder how many times Bishop can save the day.

Video: Stamkos’ sweet pass sets up Killorn goal

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Much has been made of Steven Stamkos’ recently shaken struggles with scoring goals, but it’s easy to forget that the Tampa Bay Lightning star is a pretty talented passer, too.

Stamkos provided a sweet reminder of his playmaking skills early on in Game 3, as he set up this Alex Killorn goal to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead against the Montreal Canadiens:

That goal somewhat tarnished early strong work by Carey Price, including this set of saves: