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Washington vs. Montreal

Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Thurs, April 15, 7pm et on TSN Canadiens 3 at Capitals 2 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Sat, April 17, 7pm et on TSN Canadiens 5 at Capitals 6 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Mon, April 19, 7pm et on TSN Capitals 5 at Canadiens 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Wed, April 21, 7pm et on TSN Capitals 6 at Canadiens 3 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Fri, April 23, 7pm et on TSN Canadiens 2 at Capitals 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Mon, April 26, 7pm et on TSN Capitals 1 at Canadiens 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
7 Wed, April 28, 7pm et on TSN Canadiens 2 at Capitals 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
Canadiens win series 4-3


WASHINGTON CAPITALS

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Regular Season Record: 54-15-13, 121 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1998
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Mike Knuble

A reason to cheer for the Capitals: If you are a fan of fire wagon hockey, then this is the team you want to watch. The Caps have overpowered teams all season long thanks to their incredibly talented roster featuring the game’s top sniper in Alex Ovechkin and offensive defenceman in Mike Green. The Capitals supporting cast is also extremely deep thanks to contributions from the likes of Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble. They have an extremely vocal and growing fan base who the team rewarded with their first ever Presidents’ Trophy.

What They Bring To The Table: There are few teams in the league that can compete with Washington’s firepower. They have three players inside the Top 15 scorers as well as the highest scoring defenceman in the league. They have been absolutely phenomenal at home, posting a 29-5-5 record but have also been road warriors with a 24 road victories. With his main rival Sidney Crosby claiming both Olympic and Stanley Cup honours, Alex Ovechkin would undoubtedly like to close the gap with his first title. He is one of the most competitive players in the game so don’t bet against it. The Caps remain a real contender to come out of the East, but they are not without their flaws. Their Achilles heel remains their goaltending as coach Bruce Boudreau has yet to name his starter in net for the playoffs. It appears as though rookie Semyon Varlamov will get the nod, but should he falter, Jose Theodore is waiting in the wings. Washington also appears to have some questions on defence with no real shut-down tandem to speak of; however the unsung group of blueliners has been up to the task all season long. It remains to be seen how they respond in the playoffs when the stakes are at their highest.


MONTREAL CANADIENS

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Regular Season Record: 39-33-10, 88 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1993
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1993
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Scott Gomez (2), Brian Gionta, Travis Moen, Hal Gill

A reason to cheer for the Canadiens: The most storied franchise in NHL history goes in search of their 25 title. With a complete off-season rebuild it is quite remarkable that the Habs have fared as well as they have this season. A lot of credit should go to netminder Jaroslav Halak, who outdueled the much more heralded Carey Price, to seize the number one goaltender position and never let go. Few players in the NHL took as much advantage of their opportunity than Halak this season as he shook the notion that he was no more than a backup to become one of the top ‘keepers in the league this year. While the Canadiens offence fired blanks down the stretch, Halak was repeatedly there to bail them out and help carry them into the post-season.

What They Bring To The Table: Perhaps in Montreal more than any NHL city they know how far a hot goaltender can carry a team. Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy have helped carry the Habs to the Cup in the past, and fans would love to see a repeat performance this year. While the Cup may be unattainable this season, Halak is more than capable of leading his team to a first round upset, if Montreal’s somewhat dormant offence awakes and the ‘Ghosts of the Forum’ begin to stir, this could be a very dangerous team. For the Canadiens to go on any type of sustained run, they will need production from all corners of their roster. Throughout the season they were far too reliant on the likes of Tomas Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri to provide the offensive punch. This is where they hope that their investment in proven playoff performers such as Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta pays off.


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(1) COL 1, (WC) MIN 0 (1) ANA 1, (WC) DAL 0
(2) STL 1, (3) CHI 0 (2) SJ 1, (3) LA 0


Eastern Conference

(1) BOS v (WC) DET (1) PIT 1, (WC) CLB 0
(2) TAM 0, (3) MON 1 (2) NYR 1, (3) PHI 0


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