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Daniel Briere has amassed 50 goals and 109 points in 108 career playoff games.

"When I prepare, what I'm thinking is that I want to be the guy that makes the big play," he said. "I want the puck when the game's on the line. It's not about thinking that I'm a playoff performer or that I'm better than anyone. I wish it was clearer or that there was a better explanation, but there really isn't." However, Briere may not get a chance to make much of an impact for the Canadiens in the 2014 postseason. He could end up skating on the team's third or fourth line.
Apr 16 - 7:47 AM

Travis Moen (concussion) skated with the Canadiens on Tuesday.

Moen was wearing a no-contact jersey though, so we would be surprised if he played in Game 1 on Wednesday. He had 12 points and 49 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.
Apr 15 - 2:04 PM

Brandon Prust (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.

Prust skated alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher during Tuesday's practice. He hasn't played since March 18.
Apr 15 - 2:03 PM

Forward Brandon Prust was back at practice for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday but coach Michel Therrien said he doubted the left winger would be able to play Wednesday in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prust has missed the Canadiens' last 12 games with an upper body injury.
Apr 15 - 11:48 AM

After a season in which he sat out some games, spent much of his time on the fourth line and ranked 21st on the team in average ice time per game at 12:46, Daniel Briere believes it's time to deliver for the Montreal Canadiens.

"For me, the mindset going in has never been ‘I’m a playoff performer,’" the 36-year-old said Monday. "When I prepare, what I’m thinking is that I want to be the guy that makes the big play. I want the puck when the game’s on the line. It’s not about thinking that I’m a playoff performer or that I’m better than anyone. I wish it was clearer or that there was a better explanation, but there really isn’t." The Canadiens, who inked Briere to a two-year contact worth $4 million a season, will need his post-season scoring touch when they face the tight-checking Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, starting Wednesday. The Bolts won three of their four meetings, but three of the games went to either overtime or a shootout. Briere had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games this season. But Montreal scored only four regulation-time goals in four games against Tampa, and Briere had two of them.
Apr 15 - 11:45 AM

Carey Price will, of course, be in goal when the Montreal Canadiens open their first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night.

Price has been strong against Tampa, with a 1.42 GAA and a .956 save percentage. "I expect Carey to be the same leader for us that he’s been all season long," said Habs coach Michel Therrien. "He’s matured and he’s playing with a lot of confidence."
Apr 15 - 11:06 AM

The Montreal Canadiens failed to score a power-play goal in their final eight regular-season games, going 0-for-23.

The Habs want that to change when they begin their playoffs Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I’m not too worried about it," Montreal center Lars Eller said. "Most of the game is played 5-on-5 and we’ve been getting more goals at even strength lately. We’ve had a good power play and we’re going to score on the power play and the floodgates are going to open." Eller is right about the Canadiens’ production at even strength. During the eight-game power-play drought, Montreal scored 24 goals at even strength and that helped the team finish the season on an 11-3-1 run. But one of the blemishes on that record was a 3-1 loss in Tampa on April 1. The Canadiens gave the Bolts nine power-play chances and they scored on two of them. Montreal went 0-for-4.
Apr 15 - 11:04 AM

Jacob de la Rose has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Montreal.

He was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He recorded seven goals and 13 points in 49 games with Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League this past season.
Apr 14 - 3:23 PM

Lars Eller is ready to return after missing three games with the flu.

He sat out the end of the regular season due to the illness, but he's fit to play in the postseason. Eller got back onto the ice with his teammates for practice on Monday.
Apr 14 - 3:18 PM

Max Pacioretty ended up falling shy of the 40-goal mark.

All the same, with a career-high 39 goals, Pacioretty became the team's best goal scorer since Vincent Damphousse netted 40 in 1993-94. Pacioretty also ranks fourth in the NHL's goal scoring race.
Apr 13 - 10:50 AM

The Montreal Canadiens finished the regular season with an 0-for-23 run with the man advantage.

That's certainly one significant area of concern going into the playoffs. Montreal ranks 19th with a 17.2% power-play success rate.
Apr 13 - 10:48 AM

Montreal goaltender Carey Price turned in a strong game Saturday night, saving 41 New York shots in a 1-0, overtime triumph against the visiting Rangers.

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta produced the game winner on a penalty shot. The win means the Habs still have a chance to start the Stanley Cup playoffs at home. They've known for days they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs' first round but the determination of home-ice advantage in the series won't be known until Tampa Bay visits Washington Sunday. The victory Saturday gave the Habs 100 points, the first time since 2007-08 that they hit the century mark and only the second since 1992-93, when they last won the Stanley Cup. The Habs leapfrogged the Lightning into second place in the Atlantic Division, with a one-point lead going into Tampa's final game. The Lightning must beat the Capitals to claim home-ice advantage in the first round as the Canadiens hold the first tiebreaker with more regulation and overtime wins. Price finishes his regular season with a 33-20-5 record, a .236 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
Apr 12 - 10:33 PM

Brian Gionta scored the game's only goal on a penalty shot with 2:04 to play in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic, 1-0 victory against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday night.

The Canadiens' captain grabbed a Raphael Diaz turnover at the Montreal blue line and was on his way to break in alone when Diaz hauled him down from behind, earning Gionta a penalty shot. Gionta came in, faked to his forehand and deked to his backhand to beat Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot. It was Gionta's 40th point of the season. He's the eighth Montreal player to hit that mark this season. It also was his 18th goal of the season.
Apr 12 - 10:27 PM

Dustin Tokarski has signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens.

In three games with Montreal this season Tokarski posted a 2-0-0 record with a stellar .946 save percentage and a 1.84 goals against average. In 40 games in Hamilton, Tokarski was equally impressive with a 20-15-3 record and an .920 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. We like his prospects for the future as Carey Price's understudy.
Apr 12 - 11:08 AM

The Canadiens assigned Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton of the AHL on Thursday.

He was up for Wednesday night's contest and logged 16:29 of ice time in order to give Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin a night off heading into the playoffs. Should there be an injury on the Habs' blueline during the post season, Beaulieu will likely be back in Montreal.
Apr 12 - 11:01 AM


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