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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 | 01:09 PM

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Talk of expanded video review only heightened after a goal was waved off in the Lightning-Canadiens series on Sunday night. (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images) Talk of expanded video review only heightened after a goal was waved off in the Lightning-Canadiens series on Sunday night. (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

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This week's Monday musings takes a look at expanded video review as well as the impressive playoff performances of Rene Bourque, Tomas Plekanec and Nathan MacKinnon.

Some Monday musings from the NHL and the rest of the hockey world to prepare you for the upcoming week that will see:

  • The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs continue.
  • After wins over Sweden, Germany and Slovakia, Canada will continue its quest for another World Under-18 championship with its final preliminary game against Russia on Tuesday.
  • The gold-medal final is on Sunday.
  • The AHL Calder Cup playoffs begin on Wednesday.

Upon further review

The waved-off goal from Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan that was ruled goalie interference by referee Francis Charron will no doubt spark further discussion as to whether video review should be expanded in the NHL.

The next general managers' meeting will be held during the Stanley Cup final in June. Whether this should be a coach's challenge, a review back in the Toronto war room or a video monitor added to the penalty box, the controversial no-goal on Sunday is further evidence that the NHL should expand it's video review to other areas.

This topic was discussed and debated at the GM meetings in Florida last month, but because the GMs appear split on the matter there was little momentum to hasten an implementation of expanded video review.

The NHL moves at a snail-like pace when it comes to rule changes. Look at how long it took them to employ a head-shot rule.

But if baseball can finally get around to using video review in its game, the NHL has to make a move to getting the call right through the use of expanded video review, too.

Bourque checks in

Since he put up back-to-back 27-goal seasons for the Calgary Flames in 2009-10 and 2010-11, Rene Bourque has frustrated his coaches because of his inconsistent play that has produced only 34 goals in his last 166 regular-season games.

The native of Lac La Biche, Alta., has suffered through some injuries, but even this season Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien made the 32-year-old Bourque a healthy scratch nine times.

But there is no denying that Bourque has been at his best so far in Montreal's first-round series against Tampa Bay. He has three goals in three games playing on a line with Lars Eller and Brian Gionta. The three have combined for five of the Canadiens' 12 goals. 

No doubting this Tomas

When Montreal made its impressive voyage to the East final four years ago, Tomas Plekanec was so steady in a checking role and he chipped in offensively, as well.

Although he got off to a tough start in this playoff run, when he was on the ice for three Tampa Bay goals in the series opener, the 30-year-old Plekanec has been solid in the last two games. He has held Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos in check the past two games, limiting him to two assists and seven shots on goal.

Plekanec, meanwhile, scored the game winner on Sunday for his first Stanley Cup playoff game winner since April 15, 2010.

Not this time

When the Canadiens knocked off the Lightning in Game 3 on Sunday, the win certainly put Montreal in a good position to avoid what happened in three occasions that they were in a situation when they won the first two games of a series on the road.

They lost and Lightning coach Jon Cooper alluded to this in his glib pre-game remarks on Sunday.

"At some point they're going to have to do that in front of their fans, try and knock us out," Cooper said. "I'm sure they've never had a 2-0 lead on the road and come back and blown it."

The three defeats after a 2-0 lead coming home all happened in the first round.

  • 2011 - lost in seven to Boston, the eventual Stanley Cup champions.
  • 2006 - lost in six to Carolina, the eventual Stanley Cup champions.
  • 1996 - lost in six to the Rangers, who were eliminated in the second round.

Nate the Great

Colorado Avalanche's 18-year-old whiz kid Nathan MacKinnon is off to an outstanding start in his first Stanley Cup playoffs. Here are his notable achievements through two outings:

  • The native of Cole Harbour, N.S., checked in with seven points (a goal, six assists) to match a record for points in the first two games of a NHL playoff career, tying Odie Cleghorn (Montreal, 1919) and Barry Pederson (Boston, 1982).
  • The Avalanche rookie already is more than halfway to the record for most points in a post-season by an 18-year-old, 13 points set by Jaromir Jagr in 1991 (three goals, 10 assists).
  • MacKinnon became the third 18-year-old in Stanley Cup playoff history to post a four-point game, joining Pierre Turgeon (Buffalo, April 10, 1988) and Trevor Linden (Vancouver, April 9, 1989). 
  • When MacKinnon registered three assists in his playoff debut at 18 years, 226 days, he became the second youngest to check in with three points in a playoff game behind Turgeon, who at 18 years, 222 days, scored twice and assisted on another goal for Buffalo on April 6, 1988.
  • MacKinnon only is the sixth 18-year-old to register a post-season point since 1979-80, joining Brian Bellows, Martin Lapointe, Patrick Marleau, Jordan Staal and Turgeon.
  • At 18 years, 228 days, MacKinnon became the sixth-youngest player since 1979 to record a goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

1. Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh - 18 years, 213 days
2. Brian Bellows, Minnesota - 18 years, 217 days
3. Pierre Turgeon, Buffalo - 18 years, 222 days
4. Patrick Marleau, San Jose - 18 years, 224 days
5. Martin Lapointe, Detroit - 18 years, 227 days
6. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado - 18 years, 228 days

By the Numbers

1 - Shutout in 17 Stanley Cup playoff games so far in 2014.

8 - Shutouts in the first round in 2013.

12 - Times in 17 games the home team has won so far in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

30 - Times in 47 games the home team won in 2013.

5.34 - Goals per game in the 2013-14 NHL regular season.

6.29 - Goals per game in the 2014 playoffs through 17 games.

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