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Canadiens vs. Flyers G3: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch – Habs Eyes on the Prize

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Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: Game 3

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NBC
Streaming: Sportsnet Now

The Montreal Canadiens played as close to a perfect game as you can get in Game 2, firing on all cylinders — even the power play — on their way to a complete dismantling of the number-one ranked Philadelphia Flyers.

In what had been pegged as a goalie battle beforehand, with that projection seemingly confirmed in a low-scoring Game 1, Carter Hart was the first to blink. He allowed four goals in just under two periods of work, and saw a sparkling save percentage plummet to sit now at .914 this post-season.

All the offence may have made Carey Price a bit giddy, as he was making a few more … athletic saves than we’ve seen so far. His Hasekian style proved more rather effective, stopping all 30 shots he faced for his second shutout of the NHL’s return.

Kirk Muller will no doubt hope his same permutations can come up winners tonight, but Alain Vigneault will likely have a few alterations to his Game 3 lineup. We’ll see when the teams come out for pre-game warmups what the Flyers’ coach has concocted after stewing for a few days.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Left WingCentreRight Wing
Artturi LehkonenPhillip DanaultPaul Byron
Tomas TatarNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinJesperi KotkaniemiMax Domi
Alex BelzileJake EvansJoel Armia

Defencemen

Left DefenceRight Defence
Left DefenceRight Defence
Ben ChiarotShea Weber
Brett KulakJeff Petry
Xavier OuelletVictor Mete

Goaltenders

StarterBackup
StarterBackup
Carey PriceCharlie Lindgren

Scratches: Cale Fleury, Christian Folin, Charles Hudon, Noah Juulsen, Michael McNiven, Gustav Olofsson, Ryan Poehling, Cayden Primeau, Dale Weise

Philadelphia Flyers projected lineup

Forwards

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Left WingCentreRight Wing
Claude GirouxSean CouturierJakub Voracek
Scott LaughtonKevin HayesTravis Konecny
James van RiemsdykDerek GrantNicolas Aubé-Kubel
Michael RafflNate ThompsonTyler Pitlick

Defencemen

Left DefenceRight Defence
Left DefenceRight Defence
Ivan ProvorovMatt Niskanen
Philippe MyersTravis Sanheim
Robert HäggJustin Braun

Goaltenders

StarterBackup
StarterBackup
Carter HartBrian Elliott

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'EXPERTISE AND CHARACTER': Maple Leafs add veteran Paul MacLean to coaching staff – Toronto Sun

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“Over nearly two decades as an NHL coach, Paul has filled every role on a staff,” Keefe said in a club statement. “Adding someone of Paul’s expertise and character to advise and assist our staff is something that we felt was very important as we seek to make tangible steps next season.”

Before Columbus, MacLean led the Sens to a record of 114-90-35 and a pair of playoff appearances. He also served two stints as assistant for the Anaheim Ducks, ‘02 to 04 and ‘15-17, between his days in Detroit (‘05-11). His Cup victory came on ex-Leaf Mike Babcock’s staff, having also appeared in the ‘03 and ‘09 finals under the same coach.

Born in Grostenquin, France while his father served on a Royal Canadian Air Force base, MacLean was raised in Antigonish, N.S. He was on Team Canada at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid and as a mid-round pick of the St. Louis Blues out of the QMJHL, scored 36 goals as a rookie after a trade to Winnipeg. In all, he appeared in 719 career games for the Blues, Jets and Detroit, recording 324 goals and 349 assists.

He transitioned to coaching with various minor leagues in the 1990s, until joining Babcock’s first NHL staff in Anaheim. A strong start in Ottawa made MacLean a finalist for the Jack Adams in 2012, won by Ken Hitchcock, followed by beating out Bruce Boudreau and Joel Quenneville for the award in ‘13. Only MacLean, Jacques Martin, Alain Vigneault and Bob Hartley have won the Adams for Canadian teams the past 25 years.

It was also announced Friday that the Arizona Coyotes have hired away amateur scout and player development employee Brian Daccord from the Leafs to be special assistant to new general manager Bill Armstrong.

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Maple Leafs hire Paul MacLean as assistant coach – Pension Plan Puppets

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Today the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they’ve hired another new assistant coach, adding Paul MacLean:

“Over nearly two decades as an NHL coach, Paul has filled every role on a coaching staff, winning a Stanley Cup and Jack Adams trophy along the way,” said Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe. “Adding someone of Paul’s expertise and character to advise and assist our staff is something that we felt was very important as we seek to make tangible steps next season.”

MacLean spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets after being hired on November 21, 2019. He previously served as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators from 2011-15, leading the Senators to a 114-90-35 record and a pair of playoff appearances. He won the Jack Adams Award while coaching Ottawa in 2012-13 after being a finalist for the honour in 2011-12. MacLean served two stints as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks spanning 2002-04 and 2015-17 and was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings from 2005-11. He has been an assistant coach in the postseason on 11 occasions and has made three appearances in the Stanley Cup finals (2003, 2008, 2009), winning the Stanley Cup in 2008.

MacLean, 62, joined John Tortorella’s staff in Columbus in November of last year after not having a coaching job for two years. He worked for Randy Carlyle in Anaheim after being fired as head coach in Ottawa in 2015.

The power play of the Columbus Blue Jackets is not something the Maple Leafs should be looking to emulate. In my pre-playoffs coverage of the Blue Jackets I said their power play was so bad that the only PK squad better than Columbus’s own powerhouse unit was whoever they tried their power play against on any given night. That wasn’t exaggeration, their power play really was that bad, although it improved whenever Seth Jones was available.

Last offseason, the Maple Leafs hired Paul MacFarland, and most of us here at PPP weren’t very thrilled at the prospect of his power play concept coming to the Leafs. We can only hope this goes better.

With the news that Bruce Boudreau would not be hired by the Leafs, MacLean seems to be next man up on the veteran leadership coaching list. He joins Dave Hakstol, Manny Malhotra, and the goaltending and video coaching staff. And the new guy is getting the up in the rafters job.

And in case you were wondering how a guy who’d never been to the Soo got this job:

Update:

Also today, the Arizona Coyotes hired Maple Leafs goaltending scout/consultant Brian Daccord to be their Special Assistant to the GM and Director of Goalie Operations. I don’t think they mean hip surgeries, but who knows?

He has been with the Leafs for five seasons prior to this change.

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Canadiens sign defenseman Jeff Petry to a four-year contract extension – NHL.com

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with defenseman Jeff Petry (until the end of the 2024-25 season). The deal has an average annual value of $6.25 million.

Petry, 32, registered 40 points in 71 games with the Canadiens last season (11 goals, 29 assists). He posted a third straight 40-point season, ranking first among the team’s defensemen in points every season during that span. Petry was Montreal’s hits leader with 177 this season, and he also led all Canadiens defensemen with 30 takeaways. He also tallied two goals (both game-winning goals) and an assist in 10 playoff contests in 2020.  

In 11 seasons in the NHL, Petry appeared in 680 regular season games with the Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers, recording 253 points (69 goals and 184 assists). He also added seven points (five goals, two assists) in 25 postseason contests. Petry has lit the lamp 52 times since joining the Canadiens, which puts him in a tie with Shea Weber for 16th among defensemen in franchise history.

Before making his first strides in the professional ranks, the 6’3 ”, 201 lbs right-handed rearguard played with the Michigan State University program for three seasons (2007-08 through 2009-10). He concluded his collegiate stint with nine goals and 67 points in 118 games. Petry also played two seasons in the USHL, sporting the Des Moines Buccaneers colors (2005-06 and 2006-07). In the junior ranks, he recorded 19 goals and 41 assists in 103 regular season games. He added two goals and 13 points in 19 postseason appearances with Des Moines.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Petry was selected in the second round, 45th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2006 NHL Draft. The Canadiens acquired Petry from the Oilers at the 2015 trade-deadline in return for a 2nd round and a conditional 5th round pick.

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