The Canadiens would go ahead with Dumont and Pateryn against the Lightning instead of keeping White and inserting Kaberle back into the line up after Weber going down. Additionally, Price would start in goal and Desjardins would be at the other end of the rink for Tampa Bay. Many thought that Armstrong or even Moen should have sat instead of White to get Dumont in, but it does not look like that will happen unless those players suffer an injury.
Once again, Montreal was scouting a Columbus Blue Jackets game. We can speculate until we are blue in the face about who the Habs are taking a hard look at. The Jackets are currently on a 4-game winning streak and are trying to climb the standings. We will see what they become by April 3rd’s trade deadline.
CBC had an excellent tribute Saturday night for Stompin’ Tom Connors. You can watch HNIC’s opening right here.
The Bulldogs were playing their second game of their 3 games in 3 nights against the Peoria Rivermen at Copps Coliseum. They went down in the first period early, however they were able to tie it up even though they were significantly outshot. Robert Mayer had to be clutch in goal if the rest of the game was going to go like the first. It was not until the third period where Holland would score his second of the night to give Hamilton the lead. Tenute would add an empty net goal for the Bulldogs to go on to win the game 3-1.
The Montreal Canadiens continue to struggle in the second period as of late, but managed to rally back in the third period to steal two points from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Whatever coach Michel Therrien has said to this group in the last two games between the second and third period is working. Captain Gionta helped lead the Habs back into the game and the boys were able to keep the Lightning from racking up shots against Price in the final stanza. In addition to Gionta’s goal, Emelin and Gallagher would also score to end the game 4-3 in favour of the Canadiens. Unfortunately, the Habs suffered an injury to Brandon Prust and he did not return. It looked like his shoulder. On Twitter, Prust said thanks for all the good wishes and that he will be back soon. Right now, we are unaware of what ‘soon’ means.