Tag: Montreal Canadiens

Ondrej Palat, Carey Price, Andrei Markov

Lightning end Habs’ series comeback attempt, advance to Conference Final


The Montreal Canadiens made the Tampa Bay Lightning work for their fourth win, but at the end of the day they couldn’t overcome the 3-0 series deficit. After two failed attempts, the Lightning outplayed Montreal in Game 6 en route to a 4-1 victory.

Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop had a strong showing and came within 4:57 minutes of earning his second shutout of the 2015 playoffs. He had plenty of help in this one though as Montreal was held to just 19 shots on goal. Bishop never had to face more than seven shots in a single frame.

That’s in stark contrast to the rest of the second round series where Montreal was able to pepper Bishop with shots. The Canadiens struggles weren’t restricted to the Lightning’s end of the ice though.

A bad turnover by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec led to Nikita Kucherov scoring the opening goal 15:35 minutes into the game. Steven Stamkos then netted a great marker in the second to provide Tampa Bay with some insurance so that by the time Lightning forward Ondrej Palat found the back of the net, Montreal’s situation was dire:

After two lengthy series, Tampa Bay won’t have too much time to recharge before the start of the Eastern Conference Final. The only silver lining is that its adversary will be just as worn down as Washington and the New York Rangers are set to play in Game 7 tomorrow to determine who will challenge the Lightning.

As for Montreal, this is a disappointing end to what had been a strong campaign. The Canadiens won the Atlantic Division with 110 points and beat Ottawa in six games in the first round. Montreal entered the season looking like Canada’s best chance at representation in the Stanley Cup Final, but that won’t happen. This will mark the 21st straight campaign that an American team has won the Cup.

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Cold no more: Stamkos nets his third goal in five games

Stamkos goal

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to squeak past the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, Steven Stamkos didn’t score a single goal in that seven-game series. Stamkos continued to have difficulty finding the back of the net — or even taking a shot — early in the second round, but that goal scoring slump is behind him.

Stamkos beat Canadiens netminder Carey Price for the second straight game to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead over Montreal:

The Lightning captain is on a five-game point streak and has three goals and seven points over that span. With Tampa Bay up 3-2 in its second round series, Stamkos’ latest marker has put the pressure on the Canadiens.

Montreal has done a fantastic job making this a series after falling behind 3-0, but unless the Canadiens step up soon their comeback attempt will fall short.

Video: Lightning strike first in deviation from Montreal’s wins

Nikita Kucherov goal

Montreal was able to build off of strong starts to win Game 4 and 5 of its second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canadiens don’t have that luxury tonight.

After a bad turnover by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec, Nikita Kucherov was able to tip in Ondrej Palat’s shot to beat goaltender Carey Price at 15:35 of the first period:

That was Kucherov’s fifth goal of the series. He now has nine points in 13 playoff games in 2015.

The Lightning were able to carry that 1-0 lead into the first intermission. They also outshot Montreal 13-6 in that frame and had a 12-8 edge in hits.

Tampa Bay has held the lead just three other times after 20 minutes in the 2015 playoffs, but the squad was able to win all of those contests.