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Round 1, Game 3 - Sunday, 20 April 2014 7:00 PM EST - CBC RDS CNBC SUN Sports TSN 690


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Round 1, Game 3 - Sunday, 20 April 2014 7:00 PM EST - CBC RD  

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  1. 1. What is it gonna be?

    • Habs by one
    • Habs by more than one
    • Bolts by one
    • Bolts by more than one


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From H/IO:



The Canadiens returned to Montreal after Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Lightning in Tampa to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.



Coach Michel Therrien scrapped plans for a noon-hour practice in Brossard, instead opting for a team meeting at 1:30 p.m., followed by an off-ice workout and media availability.




“I think the first game was overhyped, but tonight I felt better than I did in Game 1,” goaltender Carey Price told reporters in Tampa after making 27 saves in Game 2. “We didn’t play our best hockey in Game 1 but we found a way to win.”



Added Brendan Gallagher: “You don’t want to take your foot off the pedal. Going up 1-0 on the power play gave us momentum and we have to keep pushing.”




From me:



I dont have much to add. The only thing that matters to me is the big W and I cant wait to wave that playoffs towel at the BC! :D



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This is an opportunity to drive the nail into Tampa's playoff coffin. But knowing this team (as usual), I just have the feeling they won't be able to shut the series down at home -_-.

I really hope the team can go 3-0 up, but don't have a good feeling. Somehow, the home ice pressures, crowd expectations, over-eagerness to close the series etc. will all become unnecessary distractions.

What we do know is that Tampa is desperate. That means they'll be in full-attack mode from the start. So if the coach can employ an ultra defensive tactic to blunt their offense, then hit them on counter-attack breakaways, maybe that's the way to go. But D is the team's weakest link so how well they can hold up for sustained periods against the Tampa bombardment is crucial.

Anyway, go Habs go! :)

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Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness met with the media in Tampa after practice and said Palat will be a game-time decision Sunday. Bowness added that a decision has yet to be made on who will start in goal for the Lightning Sunday, but it won’t be Ben Bishop, who is sidelined with an elbow injury.

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Game 1 was big and game 2 was huge. Tonight is the backbreaker if the boys can deliver. Can't let these guys extend this series. Every day that goes by sees Bishop getting healthier. If i don't see that guy again this year i'll be a happy camper.

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If we can collect $5000.00 in donations we can pay one of the Habs to "Lucic" Stamkos. :ph34r:

....which, of course, would result in that Hab being suspended for the next two years, charged with a crime, exiled to some other planet, etc. We're not the Bruins, after all. Different rules apply.

Game 1 was big and game 2 was huge. Tonight is the backbreaker if the boys can deliver. Can't let these guys extend this series. Every day that goes by sees Bishop getting healthier. If i don't see that guy again this year i'll be a happy camper.

Definitely. All the more reason to show the killer instinct and take care of business tonight.

However, I believe this is the equivalent of the "trap" game of the series. The boys will really impress me if they have another outing like Game 2, but history has drilled into my mind the expectation of either a letdown, a stinker, or an absolute choke/meltdown at some point. With all the "pressure" associated with playing at home, and/or the tendency to get complacent or cocky with a 2-0 series lead, I wouldn't be surprised if we witness a game full of mistakes and sloppy play in which they fall behind and never quite get back into it.

Even with Bishop in goal, the biggest threat to the Habs' playoff run is their own performance. On any given night, they can beat themselves better than any other team.

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However, I believe this is the equivalent of the "trap" game of the series. The boys will really impress me if they have another outing like Game 2, but history has drilled into my mind the expectation of either a letdown, a stinker, or an absolute choke/meltdown at some point. With all the "pressure" associated with playing at home, and/or the tendency to get complacent or cocky with a 2-0 series lead, I wouldn't be surprised if we witness a game full of mistakes and sloppy play in which they fall behind and never quite get back into it.

Even with Bishop in goal, the biggest threat to the Habs' playoff run is their own performance. On any given night, they can beat themselves better than any other team.

Oh,,, pshaw. :ph34r::P

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Game 3 lines: Pacioretty - Desharnais - Vanek Prust - Plekanec - Gallagher Bourque - Eller - Gionta Bournival - Brière - Weise


Game 3 back end: Markov - Emelin Gorges - Subban Bouillon - Weaver Price Budaj




Tampa's Ondrej Palat on the ice at the Bell Centre.

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Oh,,, pshaw. :ph34r::P

Pshaw? He was my high school chemistry teacher. Just remember, you can't say "pshaw" without "haw."

OK, kinot.....don't like reality, eh? :P Then this is for you only:

The Habs will come out flying and win 14 more playoff games in a row, sweeping every opponent while playing nearly flawless hockey and delivering an offensive output the likes of which has never been seen before in NHL history.

*insert giraffes here*

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Pshaw? He was my high school chemistry teacher. Just remember, you can't say "pshaw" without "haw."

OK, kinot.....don't like reality, eh? :P Then this is for you only:

The Habs will come out flying and win 14 more playoff games in a row, sweeping every opponent while playing nearly flawless hockey and delivering an offensive output the likes of which has never been seen before in NHL history.

*insert giraffes here*

No giraffes yet, Rick,,,,,, bad Karma. :P

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