Skip to main content

Canadiens face long wait for next playoff round after sweeping Lightning

MONTREAL - Sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of NHL playoffs means a long wait for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens finished off a four-game sweep Tuesday night and may have a 10- or 11-day wait before starting their Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.

The first round is scheduled to end April 30, unless all series end in fewer than seven games.

Some wondered if the Canadiens' next series could start early if the Boston-Detroit series only goes five games, but an NHL spokesman said no.

Coach Michel Therrien gave his players Wednesday and Thursday off. They will resume skating Friday at their training facility in Brossard, Que.

There is a danger a team can get stale waiting around for the next series, but Therrien sees a benefit in giving some players a chance to recover from injuries.

"We're going to take some time to heal," Therrien said. "At this time of year guys are hurt and showed a lot of courage to play.

"On that side, it's going to be good. I'm not worried at all. We'll be well prepared, and the team that's going to play us is going to be well prepared because they know who they're going to face too."

The Canadiens should have forward Travis Moen back after missing the first round with a concussion. The club might also get forward Alex Galchenyuk back from a lower-body injury.

However, Therrien may be reluctant to make any changes to the four lines that were all productive against Tampa Bay.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_18299402

Can the Rangers Weather the Hurricanes?

The star-caliber players at the top of the Rangers lineup will need to be firing on all cylinders in this series in order to compensate for some lackluster depth in areas. And Igor Shesterkin needs to be the King he was in the regular season, too, to beat Carolina.

2022 IIHF World Championship

Men's World Championship Roundup: Quarterfinal Race Heats Up After Electric Friday

Finland, Germany, Latvia and Slovakia were all victorious on a Friday that helped set the stage for a crazy final few days of round-robin play at the World Championship.

USATSI_18305450
Play

Bluelines: The Battle of the Sunshine State

Stan Fischler looks at the Florida/Tampa Bay battle, Evgeni Malkin's future, television ratings in the United States, the Carolina Hurricanes' arena, Seattle's state of coaching, how to be a Zamboni driver and more.