The Canadiens held an optional morning skate in Brossard as they prepared for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Defencemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin, who both took therapy days Monday, took part in Tuesday’s morning skate along with P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges, Mike Weaver, Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Briere, Michael Bournival, Ryan White, George Parros, Travis Moen and goaltender Peter Budaj.
The Canadiens, who won the first three games, will be looking to sweep the best-of-seven series. The Canadiens haven’t swept a playoff series since 1993, when they beat the Buffalo Sabres in the second round en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
Only three times in NHL history has a team come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series: the Philadelphia Flyers against the Boston Bruins in 2010; the New York Islanders against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975; and the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings in 1942.
“We have to control our emotions,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after Tuesday’s morning skate. “We’ve done that all series long and I expect we’ll do the same thing tonight.”
Said Gorges: “We need come out with the same preparation, the same mindset that we’ve come out with in previous games. It might be redundant, but it’s a new day, a new challenge. We’re facing a desperate team, a team that’s on their last legs and we know that. They’re going to come out with everything that they have, so we’ll need to match that. We’ll need to have that killer instinct, that mentality to win every battle, the battles in front of the net and the battles at the blue line. We’ve got to have that strong mindset tonight.”
The Lightning held its morning skate at the Bell Centre and injured goalie Ben Bishop spent 15 minutes on the ice, but coach Jon Cooper told reporters afterwards there was “no chance” he would start Game 4. Anders Lindback was the first healthy goalie to leave the ice at the morning skate, indicating he will get the start.
Ginette Reno confirmed on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that she will sing the national anthem for the second straight game at the Bell Centre before Game 4.
If the Lightning wins Game 4, Game 5 would be Thursday night in Tampa.
(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)
Here’s video report from Monday’s practice: