Down 3-0 in its series to Tampa Bay, Montreal needs a win tonight just to keep going. The Canadiens couldn’t have asked for a much better start.
Max Pacioretty did a great job of feeding the puck to defenseman P.K. Subban in the Lightning zone just a couple minutes into the game. However, with the Tampa Bay players flooding the center of the ice in anticipation of a shot from Subban, he instead moved the puck to Andrei Markov, who had a clean shot at goaltender Ben Bishop:
Pacioretty made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal just 8:43 minutes into the game after picking up teammate Torrey Mitchell’s successful clear:
That was Montreal’s second shorthanded marker of the 2015 playoffs. The Canadiens have scored once with the man advantage.
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’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.