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CANADIENS at LIGHTNING
7 p.m. Sunday at Bell Centre
(Montreal leads best-of-seven series 2-0)
TV/RADIO: NBCSN, SUN SPORTS, CBC, RDS; AM 970 WFLA
BIG STORY: The Lightning has found itself in a 2-0 hole with its next two games away from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Bolts’ true character will be put to the test in Game Three Sunday. It's no easy feat to not only win a series when trailing by two games, but to stay alive on the road.
LIGHTNING – The Bolts vowed to have a better start Friday after a sluggish Game One and they did, however they were still unable to sustain pressure for long periods of time in the Habs’ zone, making it hard to accomplish much offensively. The Canadiens also continued to clog up the neutral zone, and when Tampa Bay did manage to get by Montreal, netminder Carey Price came through between the pipes.
Tampa Bay knows its back is against the wall, but feel if it takes it one day at a time and stick together it will be able to not only come out a better team, but a successful one.
“We have nothing to lose,” Steven Stamkos said. “We believe in each other we just have to play with a little more composure and a little more confidence.”
CANADIENS – Montreal has not changed much about its game plan over the past two games, and it continued to puzzle the Lightning in Game Two. Price also cleaned up his performance, after allowing four goals on 16 shots through three periods in his previous start. Starting with overtime in Game One, Price backstopped the Habs’ to nearly 80 minutes of scoreless hockey up until Teddy Purcell spoiled the shutout with 1:59 remaining in Game Two.
The Canadiens return to Montreal in good shape, up two games to none and are 49-5 all-time when having a two-game advantage in a best-of-seven series. Yet, they hope history does not repeat itself, losing three out of their last four series when taking a 2-0 lead, most recently in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to the Boston Bruins (4-3).
WHO’S HOT: Steven Stamkos led the team with four shots on goal Friday. Teddy Purcell also scored his first goal of the postseason and the Lightning’s only tally of the contest…Rene Bourque had two goals for the Habs Friday and P.K. Subban added two assists.
INJURY REPORT: Lightning – G Ben Bishop (upper body, out), D Brian Lee (knee, out), F Ondrej Palat (upper body, day-to-day); CANADIENS – F Alex Galchenyuk (lower body, out), Travis Moen (concussion, day-to-day)
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