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Canadiens Lineup

Ahead traces

Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield

Artturi Lehkonen – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher

Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson

Joel Armia – Eric Staal – Corey Perry

Defence pairings

Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber

Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry

Erik Gustafsson – Jon Merrill


Carey Worth – Jake Allen


Tomas Tatar, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren, Brett Kulak, Alexander Romanov,  Jake Evans

Black Aces

Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven


Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed)

COVID protocol


Sport Report

There have been 3,500 followers because the Bell Centre hosted a Stanley Cup Last sport for the very first time. Sadly most went dwelling disillusioned because the Canadiens misplaced their third straight sport to the Lightning.

I suppose the response on social media was comprehensible following the Canadiens defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning in sport 3. The outdated hockey adage states {that a} crew isn’t in hassle within the playoffs till they lose at dwelling. So the Montreal Canadiens are undoubtedly in hassle yielding a variety of feelings within the Habs on-line group.

There are the ‘final to reach, first to go away’ varieties, the informal followers who jumped aboard as soon as the Canadiens playoff bandwagon was rolling. There are followers who select to consider that the Habs can full the inconceivable comeback. And there have been a complete legion of Leafs followers, not seen since Could thirty first when their crew was bounced from the playoffs unexpectedly, armed with gifs of sweeping brooms.

Apparently sufficient, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the one crew in NHL historical past to win a Stanley Cup remaining sequence after trailing 3-0. That feat hasn’t occurred in virtually 80 years. However let’s not bounce forward.

Errors, errors, errors

So what went improper? Montreal’s interim coach summed it up this fashion, “Each time we made a mistake, we paid money.” It was a well-recognized phrase from Dominique Ducharme. He used it typically because the Canadiens struggled in April and Could to complete the season.

Ducharme’s phrase is simply colloquial, not literal. As a result of as we witnessed, the Canadiens solely paid a tiny portion of their invoice tonight. The Habs errors began early,  have been considerable, and continued all through the sport. Many occasions Carey Worth was there to erase the errors, however in sport three, even Worth couldn’t make up for a crew that regarded confused and overwhelmed.

The stat sheet confirmed the Canadiens outshot Tampa 35-30 however as soon as once more this masked the true image. However the Lightning had double the excessive hazard pictures 10-5 in that class. Andrei Vasilevskiy is doing an excellent job turning apart low high quality pictures by the Canadiens. 

The Canadiens had 11 pictures on objective when their high line of Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher and Artturi Lehkonen was on the ice. However solely two have been thought-about excessive hazard probabilities. Danault scored his first objective 20 video games into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In brief, the Lightning are successful the battle of the slot arms down at each ends of the ice. That retains Habs shooters away from Vasilevskiy and guaranteeing that Worth faces a bigger variety of Grade-A scoring probabilities sometimes with a crowd in entrance of his crease.

One sport at a time

So how can Canadiens followers nonetheless have hope? Nicely, that brings us to the final group of supporters on-line, the pragmatists. They know that relatively than get overwhelmed by the dimensions of the problem, they need to slim their focus to successful the following sport.

When Worth was requested why his crew might rally, he mentioned “You don’t have a selection. We’ve overcome adversity all season lengthy.” It’s a sensible objective, one sport at a time, that followers can consider in.

Up Subsequent

It goes with out saying that the Canadiens should rating first subsequent sport. They haven’t led at any time in the course of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The sequence continues on Monday evening in Montreal with sport 4 because the Canadiens attempt to prolong the sequence. The Habs are 3-0 in elimination video games in these playoffs.


▲  Carey Worth, Shea Weber, Nick Suzuki 


▼  Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill, Joel Edmundson, Jeff Petry, Tyler Toffoli, Eric Staal, Paul Byron, Josh Anderson, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Joel Armia, Corey Perry

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