Playoff GameDay: Habs vs Senators, Game 4 Preview, Lineups, Bourque

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All Habs Playoff GameDay: Tuesday May 7, 2013

On this day in hockey history… In 1999 – Former Montreal Canadiens’ forward, Claude Lemieux became the first player in NHL history to appear in 50 playoff games with three different teams.

GAMEDAY: Round 1, Game 4. Uh-Oh?

 Round 1
 The Senators lead the series 2-1.

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7th in the East

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2nd in the East
 1  OTT (4) @ MTL (2)  May 2, 7pm
 2  OTT (1) @ MTL (3)  May 3, 7pm
 3  MTL (1) @ OTT (6)  May 5, 7pm
 4  MTL @ OTT  May 7, 7pm
 5  OTT @ MTL  May 9, 7pm
 *6  MTL @ OTT  May 11, TBD
 *7  OTT @ MTL  May 12, TBD
Game 4
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON.
May 7, 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: CBC, RDS, CNBC
* if necessary 

PROJECTED LINE COMBINATIONS AND GOALTENDERS
(Will be updated following game day skate.)

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– Ryan White and Brian Gionta are out with injuries.
– Jeff Halpern and Gabriel Dumont will play. 
– No updates at this time.
Forwards
Michael Ryder – Tomas Plekanec – Rene Bourque
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust – Jeff Halpern – Alex Galchenyuk
Colby Armstrong – Gabriel Dumont – Travis Moen
Milan Michalek – Kyle Turris – Daniel Alfredsson
Guillaume Latendresse – Colin Greening – Jakob Silfverberg
Mika Zibanejad – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Cory Conacher – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Erik Condra
Defensemen
Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban
Francis Bouillon – Jarred Tinordi
Josh Gorges – Raphael Diaz
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen – Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips – Eric Gryba
Goalies
Carey Price – Peter Budaj Craig Anderson – Robin Lehner
Scratches
Brian Gionta, Ryan White, Tomas Kaberle, Alexei Emelin (knee), Michael Blunden, Davis Drewiske, Yannick Weber, Petteri Nokelainen, Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn, Michael Bournival, Louis Leblanc, Dustin Tokarski, Robert Mayer, Lars Eller Jason Spezza, Patrick Wiercioch
CAREY PRICE CRAIG ANDERSON
CONFIRMED CONFIRMED
Carey_Price Record: 1-2
GAA: 3.69
Saves/Shots: 80/91
Sv%: .879
SO: 0
Anderson Craig Record: 2-1
GAA: 2.01
Saves/Shots: 112/118
Sv%: .949
SO: 0


TOP SCORERS

RENE BOURQUE ERIK KARLSSON
Bourque Rene Bourque: 2G, 1A, 3PTS
Brendan Gallagher: 2G, 0A, 2PTS
Alex Galchenyuk: 0G, 2A, 2PTS
OTT_8474578_Karlsson_Erik.CR2 Erik Karlsson: 1G, 3A, 4PTS
Daniel Alfredsson: 1G, 3A, 4PTS
Jean-Gabriel Pageau: 3G, 0A, 3PTS

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

► Is it time to hit the “Panic Button”?

  • No, it isn’t, but don’t get rid of that panic button just yet.
  • Sure, the third game of the series was nothing to boast about for the Habs because you don’t get points for using the invisibility cloak on defense. There’s been a tremendous amount of criticism directed at different players this series, most notably Carey Price, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty (I could have named more).
  • The reality is that if the Habs are going to have any success, the entire team needs to play better, it’s not about just one player or position.
  • The Canadiens feel confident that they can rebound after this loss and after all, they are only down 1-2 in the series and a win Thursday would put both teams back on even keel. Far from mission impossible.
  • The game however is critical for the Habs because should they lose, this would put them in the position to have to win three consecutive games in order to beat the Senators and break through to the second round.

► Rene Bourque continues to play well despite scare:

  • Every fan of the Montreal Canadiens held their breath when in game number two, Rene Bourque and Colby Armstrong collided in front of Craig Anderson’s net.
  • Bourque went down and looked obviously shaken, and everyone was quickly reminded that Bourque had missed 21 games this season with a concussion.
  • It was reassuring to have the Canadiens issue a communication later that night that Bourque was okay.
  • It was even more reassuring to see him play Sunday when he was arguably the best Canadiens’ player on the ice. He scored the only goal for the Habs, had four shots on net, three hits and a takeaway (He also had a crosscheck or two but we won’t go there, or did we?).
  • Bourque now leads all Canadiens with two goals and three points in the playoffs.

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Pre-Game Quotes: Habs vs. Sens (Game 4)

Coach Michel Therrien:

  • “We’ve shown a lot of character all season long coming back after a bad performance. Yesterday was a bad game for us. The Senators played a really good game and they deserved to win. What’s important for us is today’s preparation for tomorrow’s game. The focus is to make sure we play a good solid game like we did in the first two. We’ve proven in the past that we’re capable of bouncing back. We have to bounce back tomorrow.”

Brendan Gallagher:

  • “Both teams are competing hard; both teams want to win. It’s competitive, it’s fun to play in and it’s fun to watch. It’s going to be important for us to play our game and not worry about little things that will happen that don’t have an effect on the outcome of the game. The best payback is getting the win.
  • “We knew it was going to be an emotional series. From Game 1, it started that way and it’s going to continue every game. The team that manages their emotions the best is probably going to be the team that wins.”

P.K. Subban:

  • “I’m happy seeing our guys stand up for each other. A lot of people maybe don’t expect to see us fight or get involved in the game physically. But I think it’s a vote of character. For people that say there’s dissention in our room or there are ‘issues’ in our room, to see 22 guys like Brendan Gallagher go out and fight a guy and not even think twice about it says a lot about our team.
  • “A lot of those people are the same people that thought we wouldn’t make the playoffs and we ended up being second in our conference. For our team right now, we’re a confident group and we’re going to be ready for tomorrow.”


 Regular Season Series
Date Visitor Home Final
30-Jan teamlogo_canadiens teamlogo_senators MTL (1) – OTT (5)
03-Feb teamlogo_senators teamlogo_canadiens OTT (1) – MTL (2)
25-Feb teamlogo_canadiens teamlogo_senators MTL (1) – OTT (2) SO
13-Mar teamlogo_senators teamlogo_canadiens OTT (3) – MTL (4) SO

 Regular Season Team Stats
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29-14-5 Record 25-17-6
14-7-3 Home 15-6-3
15-7-2 Away 10-11-3
63 Pts 56
149 GF 116
126 GA 104
20.7 PP% 15.9
79.8 PK% 88.0
49.8 FO% 49.2


 Puck’s Take:
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