Mesdames et Monsieurs, Acuillions NOS Canadiens!
That’s right Habs fans, our boys will finally take to the Bell Centre ice tonight for Game 3 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals.
Many experts will tell you home ice advantage is huge when starting the playoffs, but so far the Habs have demonstrated that it just isn’t the case.
As the Canadiens and Lightning battled for that coveted advantage, everybody talked about how important it is to have that 7th man on the ice, the fans.
In game two, Nos Canadiens and the Lightning skated to a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. Those 20 minutes however were highlighted by some key saves from net minder Carey Price. David Desharnais struck first for the Habs as he tipped a shot in front of the net that finally ended the teams power play drought.
What could be considered the biggest surprise of the night was the play of forward Rene Bourque, who netted 2 goals in a game where he was strong in all aspects of his play. Many questioned where “that” Bourque was all season long. Throw in a goal by Brendan Gallagher and the Habs had taken the fans out of the game.
Tampa ruined Price’s bid for a shutout as they finally got one past the net minder with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Compared to game one, it was a much better Montreal Canadiens team that came out to face the Lightning, as they took a 2-0 lead in the series.
Tampa Bay comes into the game tonight with somewhat of a controversy.Who starts in goal?
With Bishop still nursing an injury, the Lightning started the series with Anders Lindback in goal. That doesn’t seem to be the right choice in many people’s eyes. Lindback looked anything but solid in game one, having given up 5 goals in the overtime loss.
Not backing down Lightning head coach Jon Cooper went back to Lindback in game two but eventually he was pulled after giving the first three goals of the game to Les Glorieux.
Kristers Gudlevskis gave up the fourth and final goal of the night. Early indications are that Cooper will go back to Lindback tonight.
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