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