The Montreal Canadiens will look to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight for the first time in four years.
The Canadiens will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in game four of the opening round series, and have a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. The Habs won the first two games on the road in Tampa Bay, and held serve on home ice in game three as well to put the Lightning on the cusp of being the first team eliminated from the 2014 postseason.
The Canadiens have received contributions from their entire lineup en route to their stranglehold in the series. Carey Price struggled in game one, but was picked up by a goal from each forward line, including the game’s winning goal, scored by fourth line winger Dale Weise in overtime.
The Canadiens have outplayed the Lightning throughout the series, and though they has a few calls go their way in game three, they have been the better team by a wide margin in the series.
At 5 on 5 the Habs have outshot Tampa Bay 90-70 in the three games, and have carried the pace of play for long stretches in each game.
When it was announced Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would miss the series, all eyes were on Anders Lindback and whether or not he would be able to handle the playoff pressure. Lindback has been great, but the Lightning skaters have not been up to the task.