(via TampaBay Lightning Communicatons) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday, April 16 against the Montreal Canadiens, the National Hockey League announced Sunday night.


The complete First Round schedule is as follows:

GM 1 – WEDS APRIL 16th – Tampa Bay Times Forum – 7pm
GM 2 – FRI APRIL 18th – Tampa Bay Times Forum – 7pm
GM 3 – SUN APRIL 20th – Bell Centre – 7pm

GM 4 – TUES April 22nd – Bell Centre – 7pm
GM 5 – THURS APRIL 24th – Tampa Bay Times Forum – 7pm (IF NEC)
GM 6 – SUN April 27th – Bell Centre – TBA (IF NEC)
GM 7 – TUES April 29th – Tampa Bay Times Forum – TBA (IF NEC)



Playoff Ticket Sales Information

·        Single game tickets for home playoff games at the Tampa Bay Times Forum start at just $25 each

·        The best way to buy single game tickets is at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000

·        Fans can get even better pricing and guaranteed seat location for the postseason games by putting a deposit down on a season ticket membership for 2014-15

o       Those prices are less than $20 per game

·        Best way to secure the season ticket offer is by calling the Lightning at 813.301.6600 or by going to TampaBayLightning.com


TampaBay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

·        The Lightning finished in second place in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with 101 points

·        Tampa Bay’s 46 wins this season tied a franchise-best (2010-11 and 2003-04) and their 101 points ranks third all-time

·        The Canadiens finished in third place in the Atlantic Division with 100 points

·        The winner of this series will play the winner of the Boston Bruins/Detroit Red Wings series in the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs

·        The Lightning and the Canadiens met in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Tampa Bay sweeping Montreal four games to none en route to the Stanley Cup Championship

·        The Lightning and the Canadiens played four times this season with the Lightning winning three of the four games, the only loss coming in a shootout.

o       The Lightning won one in regulation, one in overtime and one in a shootout. 

o       The Lightning were 2-0 in Montreal and 1-0-1 in Tampa Bay.