Player News - Canadiens

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P.K. Subban is a finalist for the Norris Trophy.

He registered 60 points for the first time in his career in 2014-15. Subban also set personal bests with 15 goals, 45 assists and a plus-21 rating. He won the award in 2012-13.
Apr 27 - 6:44 PM

Carey Price had no problem putting a disappointing Game 5 behind him, as he posted a 43-save shutout against Ottawa on Sunday.

"The last game was irrelevant," Price said. "It came down to being prepared to for this game. Any playoff series is a grind with teams giving it whatever they've got. It's not easy to win. Give them credit, they definitely pushed us to the limit and now it's good to get some rest." Montreal eliminated Ottawa in six games and will face the winner of the Detroit-Tampa Bay series in the second round. Price was excellent versus the Senators, while posting a .939 save percentage and a 1.94 goals-against averate.
Apr 27 - 10:55 AM

Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the postseason in Game 6 against Ottawa.

He deposited the puck into an empty net with less than a second remaining in the third period, as the Canadiens eliminated the Senators. It was Pacioretty's first goal since Game 2 and just his second point in the first round of the playoffs. He just returned from a possible concussion after sitting out the first game of the series, so he might need some additional time before he becomes comfortable again.
Apr 27 - 10:44 AM

Brendan Gallagher scored the game-winning in Montreal's 2-0 series clinching win against Ottawa.

The Canadiens were finally able to put the Senators away on their third attempt. Gallagher's goal was scored in impressive fashion as he batted the puck in, after a Greg Pateryn point shot hit him, bounced up into the air. The 22-year-old didn't produce much throughout the series (one goal and one assist in six games), but his non-stop hustle was on display throughout the series. Max Pacioretty added an empty-netter to finish things off for the Canadiens. Montreal will now face the winner of the Detroit-Tampa Bay series, which Detroit currently leads three games to two.
Apr 26 - 9:20 PM

Carey Price stopped all 43 shots he faced in Sunday's 2-0 series clinching win over Ottawa.

Price was outstanding from the beginning of this game until the very last second. The Canadiens came out of the gate strong, but Ottawa took over from the middle of the first period until the end of the game. After one period the shots were 13-13, but Ottawa was able to fire 30 shots in the final 40 minutes while the Canadiens had just seven. After a difficult performance in game five, Price rebounded nicely in this contest. Montreal may not be able to score much but having a goaltender like Price will make them a tough out in any playoff series.
Apr 26 - 9:08 PM

It looks like Brian Flynn will be a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

After dropping game five by a score of 5-1, the Canadiens will bring P.A. Parenteau into the lineup. Flynn was very good early on in this series, but he hasn't been as visible lately. Manny Maholtra, Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver will also be scratched in this game. Montreal's black aces are: Daniel Carr, Mike Condon, Darren Dietz, Charles Hudon, Brett Lernout, Joey MacDonald and Christian Thomas.
Apr 26 - 5:51 PM

Dale Weise (undisclosed) is taking part in Sunday's pre-game warmup.

Weise didn't take part in the team's morning skate, but coach Michel Therrien said that he should be available for duty tonight. We'll keep an eye on Weise's situation as we get closer to puck-drop, but expect him to play.
Apr 26 - 5:37 PM

Carey Price will get the start in Sunday's game six matchup against the Ottawa Senators.

This isn't exactly breaking news. Price has been the best goaltender in the world this year, but he allowed five goals in game five. The Canadiens will need their goaltender to be all-world again on Sunday if they want to bury the Senators once and for all. Ottawa did a good job of getting bodies in front of Price in their last game, and they will look to do that again.
Apr 26 - 4:37 PM

P.A. Parenteau will be back in the Canadiens lineup for game six against Ottawa on Sunday night.

The 32-year-old played in game one of the series, but he suffered an injury in that game. Parenteau was deemed healthy enough to return a few days ago, but Montreal hasn't changed their lineup. The Habs have lost two in a row and have struggled to score, so Parenteau will be a welcome addition at this point.
Apr 26 - 11:32 AM

Dale Weise didn't participate in the Canadiens morning skate on Sunday.

Head coach Michel Therrien said that Weise "should" be available to play. He will probably be a game-time decision for game six in Ottawa, tonight.
Apr 26 - 11:28 AM

Tomas Plekanec believes that scoring the first goal in a game will be key for Montreal.

The Canadiens lead the best-of-seven series three games to two, but they have conceded the first goal in each game. "We have to make it tougher on [Craig Anderson] and we have to score that first goal," said Plekanec. "When they scored the first, they were able to fall back on their defence."
Apr 26 - 8:56 AM

Despite back-to-back losses in their first round series against the Ottawa Senators, Lars Eller believes his team is still in a good spot right now.

Montreal won games one, two and three of the series but the Senators have been able to gain some momentum in the last two contests. "We’re in a good position, we’re up 3-2 and I think we would have taken that before the series started," said Lars Eller. "We have two chances to win one game." The Canadiens will look to close out the Senators (again) on Sunday night.
Apr 26 - 8:54 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have struggled to gain momentum on their power play attempts in their first round series against Ottawa.

Instead of helping the Habs, the power play has continuously zapped their momentum. Montreal is now 1-for-19 on the man advantage, and they will need to change that if they want to put their opponent away. Ottawa went 2-for-4 on the power play in Friday's game five win in Montreal. The Senators have done a good job taking away P.K. Subban's one-timer from the point, and the Canadiens have failed to find another successful strategy.
Apr 26 - 8:50 AM

There are some in the Montreal media who suggest that Max Pacioretty is playing tentatively as he is still very concerned about the concussion he sustained at the end of the regular season.

Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette, suggests that MaxPac has become a perimiter player and that he seems hesitant to crash the net. He also believes that Pacioretty has not displayed his usual explosiveness since his return to action from the concussion. If that is the case, Montreal is going to need contributions from others who have been rather invisible in the series so far such as David Desharnais and Alex Galchenyuk. Game 6 is Sunday at 6 pm. It should be a dandy.
Apr 25 - 11:34 AM

History is on the Canadiens' side when they face off against the Senators in Game 6 Sunday.

Despite their ugly 5-1 loss in Game 5 to the Sens, the Habs have won 28 out of 31 playoff series in thier storied history when they've led by a margin of 3-2 in games. That said, they are going to have to create some traffic in front of Craig Anderson if they are to score more regularly. And a power-play goal now and then might be a good idea too.
Apr 25 - 11:13 AM

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