Playoff primer: Who had the Habs in a sweep?

Playoff primer: Who had the Habs in a sweep?
April 23, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Stanley Cup news and notes as the Montreal Canadiens sweep into the second round and the San Jose Sharks look to do the same:

TUESDAY’S RESULTS
MONTREAL 4, Tampa Bay 3 - MTL wins series 4-0
BOSTON 3, Detroit 0 - BOS leads 2-1
NY Rangers 4, PHILADELPHIA 1 - NYR leads 2-1
San Jose 4, LOS ANGELES 3 (OT) - SJ leads 3-0

WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S  ACTION

Pittsburgh @ Columbus, PIT leads 2-1, 7 p.m., CBC, RDS, NBCSN, ROOT, FS-O

Anaheim @ Dallas, ANA leads 2-1, 8p.m., TSN, CNBC, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW

St. Louis @ Chicago, STL leads 2-1, 9:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, NBCSN, FS-MW, CSN-CH

Timing is everything: Max Pacioretty scored the series-clinching goal with 42.6 seconds left in regulation to propel Montreal into the second round with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pacioretty scored the second-latest series-clinching goal in regulation time in playoff history. Carolina's Eric Staal scored with 32 seconds left in the third period of Game 7 against New Jersey in 2009. … Before Pacioretty’s game-winner, the last time a series-clinching goal was scored in the final minute of regulation was Chicago's Dave Bolland scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching goal with 58.3 seconds left in the third period of Game 6 in last year’s Final at Boston.

Nice company: Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher has goals in three straight games. becoming  the third Canadiens player age 21 or under to score in three straight games in a series. Steve Shutt, 21, scored in four consecutive games in 1974 versus the Rangers and Shayne Corson, 20, scored in Games 5, 6 and 7 of Montreal's 1987 series versus Quebec.

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Bracket challenge: Did you have the Canadiens getting into round two? Ben Raby and I did.  Among the more than half-million registrations for the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs bracket challenge on NHL.com, 60 percent picked the Canadiens to win their series against Tampa Bay. Just 1.5 percent of all entries selected the Canadiens to win in four games.

Look ahead: The Canadiens will meet the winner of the first round series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. The Canadiens and Bruins have met in am NHL -high 33 Stanley Cup playoff series, the most recent in 2011. The Habs have faced the Red Wings 12 times but not since 1978.

On the verge of a sweep: Tomas Hertl tied the game midway through the third period and Patrick Marleau  scored at 6:20 of overtime as the Sharks rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits to win 4-3 in Los Angeles. San Jose improved to 5-0 in playoff overtime games versus Los Angeles. …The Sharks hold a 3-0 series lead for the fifth time in their history. San Jose has advanced on each of the previous four occasions, including one series sweep -- last year’s first-round matchup versus Vancouver. … Marleau’s overtime goal was the fourth of his playoff career, moving into a tie with New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr for first place among active players.

Little Rask-al: The Bruins jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead for the second consecutive game andTuukka Rask stopped all 23 shots he faced for his fourth career playoff shutout in Boston’s 3-0 win over Detroit. The victory marked Boston’s first road win in Detroit since March 11, 2007and first postseason win in Detroit since a series-clinching victory on Apr. 4, 1957 at Olympia Stadium in their last postseason meeting before this year’s series. 

Rangers rout Philly: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots while Martin St. Louis and Dan Girardi each netted a goal and an assist as the Rangers defeated the Flyers 4-1 for their first playoff victory at Philadelphia since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 18, 1997. …By the way, did anyone notice the reaction former Flyers irritant Dan Carcillo gave the crowd after scoring a third-period goal? And the reaction he received in return? Priceless.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S ACTION
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, PIT leads 2-1, 7 p.m., CBC, RDS, NBCSN, ROOT, FS-O
Anaheim @ Dallas, ANA leads 2-1, 8 p.m., TSN, CNBC, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW
St. Louis @ Chicago, STL leads 2-1, 9:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, NBCSN, FS-MW, CSN-CH

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