Desjardins Week In Review – May 9th, 2015
Join Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle, Corey Collard, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they take a look back at the week that was across the National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs, and for your Montreal Canadiens
Desjardins Week In Review – April 19th, 2015 – Shawn Anderson
Join Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they welcome former NHL defenseman and Hawkesbury Hawks Owner Shawn Anderson to the show. The gang discusses the week that was in the NHL and for the Montreal Canadiens, and delve into other avenues parents can follow in the children’s hockey development paths.
Shawn Anderson Interview:
The Canadiens return to Boston for Game 5 against the Bruins Saturday night with the series tied 2-2. The game is set to start at 7:00 and airs on CBC and RDS.
Carey Price and Tuukka Rask both played 60 minutes of shutout hockey Thursday night in Game 4, sending the match to overtime tied 0-0. Rookie Matt Fraser, playing in his first NHL playoff game, broke the deadlock less than 2 minutes into the first overtime to even up the series.
What to Watch:
Max Pacioretty has been held to just 1 goal and 3 points in these playoffs, with 1 assist in 4 games so far versus the Bruins. Linemate David Desharnais has the same stats heading after 8 playoff games, numbers the top line forwards can’t be happy with. Rene Bourque has also struggled recently, he’s minus 5 with no points in his last 3 games after starting these playoffs with 4 goals and an assist in his first 5 games.
As effective as the Bruins have been in shutting down Montreal’s big threats, the Canadiens have been equally solid against Boston’s top line. Milan Lucic has an empty net goal and a pair of assists against the Habs so far, Jarome Iginla has been held to just 1 goal and David Krejci has 1 assist so far in this series.
What’s at Stake:
With the series tied 2 games apiece, the winner of Game 5 will push their opponent to the brink of elimination with a chance to close out the series Monday night in Montreal. The Canadiens have not yet trailed a series in these playoffs, winning 4 straight against the Lightning and taking the first and third games in Round 2.
For the Habs, Alex Galchenyuk (knee) is still not ready to return, although he has started skating again.
The Bruins are still without Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), Chris Kelly (back) and Adam McQuaid (ankle).
Thursday’s game was the 18th of these playoffs that needed overtime to find a winner out of the 64 played as of Friday’s action. The Habs and Bruins have gone to overtime 3 times each, twice in Round 2. The Blackhawks and Blues went to overtime 4 times in Round 1, as did the Wild and Avalanche. The Rangers have seen the least OTs of the remaining teams, going to the extra frame just once in 12 games so far.
The Question Mark:
What can Michel Therrien do to help spark Pacioretty an Desharnais in Game 5?
Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.
The Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show starts an hour before puck drop, join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter. And don’t miss the Post Game Show starting 5 minutes after the final siren.
The Canadiens return to Montreal with a 2-0 series lead over the Lightning after a pair convincing victories in Tampa Bay. Game 3 goes Sunday night at 7:00 and airs on CBC and RDS.
The Habs scored 4 straight goals before Teddy Purcell added a late power play marker to spoil Carey Price’s shutout bid. Rene Bourque scored a pair for the Canadiens, including the game winner. The Canadiens also ended their power play drought going 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
What to Watch:
The line of Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque have combined four 4 of Montreal’s 9 goals in this series, including a shorthanded marker by the captain. Eller leads the Habs with 3 points in the playoffs. David Desharnais got his first career playoff goal and Max Pacioretty earned his first playoff point in Friday’s game.
Tampa’s coach, John Cooper, will have a tough decision to make as far as his starting goalie for Game 3 is concerned. Anders Lindback was pulled after allowing 3 goals on 23 shots in Game 2, while his replacement Kristers Gudlevskis gave up a goal on one of 3 shots faced in relief.
What’s at Stake:
The Canadiens can put a stranglehold on the Lightning Sunday night, with a chance to take a 3-0 series lead. The Lightning are essentially fighting for their playoff lives after losing both of their opening home games.
The Canadiens are still missing Alex Galchenyuk (knee) but Travis Moen (concussion) could be ready to play on Sunday if called upon.
Ondrej Palat (upper body) missed Game 2 for Tampa and is day-to-day. Ben Bishop (elbow) is still about a week away from a return.
The Canadiens will try to erase the memory of their last 2-0 series lead, one they couldn’t capitalize on against the eventual Cup-winning Bruins in 2011. After taking a 2-0 series lead in Boston, the Habs lost the next 3 games, including a back-and-forth Game 4 that saw the Canadiens blow 3-1 and 4-3 leads before eventually losing 5-4 in overtime.
The Question Mark:
Which other series are you enjoying most?
Let us know what you think, leave us a comment or send us a tweet with the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.
Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.
After a couple of blown 2 goal by the Chicago Blackhawks, and 10 goals scored in regulation, Brent Seabrook scored in overtime, and helped the Hawks tie this Stanley Cup final series at two a piece. Join Corey Collard, Francois Landreville, Nick Murdocco and Coach K as they discuss the night’s action, as well as the rule changes coming to the NHL next season.