Montreal Canadiens wary of wounded Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat gets airborne during his team's playoff series against the Montreal...

Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat gets airborne during his team's playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Tampa Bay Lightning are improving in their Atlantic Division semifinal against the Montreal Canadiens.

Problem is, the improvement hasn’t come fast enough for the Lightning, who had eight players make their NHL playoff debuts in this series, and now they face elimination Tuesday night at the hands of the Habs, who are up 3-0 in the series.

“Just look at Game 3, we played in an extremely hostile, tough environment and I thought we played our best game. The guys are learning, the guys are finding out what playoff hockey is all about and we’re getting better. The problem is now we’re running out of time so getting better is just not good enough anymore. Now we have to be great,” said Tampa coach Jon Cooper Tuesday morning.


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