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Posted On Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 9:06 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Prust's return to form is good news for Canadiens

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Welcome to the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brandon Prust.

You arrived just in time.

Prust played what was easily his best game of the playoffs in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-0 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Monday.

"I felt I had my legs back and was skating well, lots of energy," Prust said Tuesday before the team left for Boston. "I've just got to keep building from there."

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 1:24 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Beaulieu solid for Canadiens in playoff debut

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu woke up Monday and went to the Montreal Canadiens' morning skate completely unaware of what the day had in store for him.

He had no idea he was about to play the biggest game of his life.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien rolled the dice by dressing the rookie for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins, and Beaulieu rewarded him.


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Posted On Monday, 05.12.2014 / 7:35 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Canadiens turn to rookie Beaulieu in must-win Game 6

MONTREAL -- Rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut and Daniel Briere re-entered the lineup for the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

The Bruins, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-2, made no changes to the lineup that won 4-2 in Game 5 on Saturday.

Beaulieu has not played a game for the Canadiens since April 9 and most recently played with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League on April 19.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 4:58 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Canadiens know what they're up against in Game 6

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Their current situation looks very familiar to some members of the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens will face a must-win elimination game for the first time in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 7:09 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Briere healthy scratch for Canadiens in Game 5

BOSTON -- Forward Daniel Briere is a healthy scratch for the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.

The Bruins made no changes to the lineup that won Game 4 in overtime 1-0.

Canadiens forward Brandon Prust returned to the lineup after sitting out the past two games as a healthy scratch; he was expected to play on the fourth line with Travis Moen and Dale Weise, which had some success late in the regular season before each player was injured.


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Posted On Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 2:07 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Canadiens' Pacioretty admits he must do more

BOSTON -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty admits that Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has gotten the better of him in their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Pacioretty addressed his lack of production Saturday morning ahead of Game 5 at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). In the best-of-7 series that is tied 2-2, the Canadiens are looking for a lift from Pacioretty, who has one assist in four games, nothing at even strength.

"First four games, I'll give [Chara] the edge. He was the better of the two players," Pacioretty said. "But I can just worry about the future. There's three games left, enough for me to prove myself. This is real gut-check time."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 7:26 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bartkowski, Fraser in for Bruins in Game 4

MONTREAL -- Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Matt Fraser entered the Boston Bruins lineup for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

The Canadiens made no changes to the lineup that won 4-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday to give them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Bartkowski took the spot of Andrej Meszaros on defense for his first game action since his penalty in double overtime of Game 1 led to P.K. Subban's game-winning goal. Meszaros had an assist in each of the past two games and played 17:19 in the Bruins' Game 3 loss.

Fraser was officially called up from Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday morning and took part in the Bruins' morning skate at Bell Centre. He made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut playing on a line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson at the beginning of the game.

Jordan Caron was scratched to make room for Fraser.

Here are the projected lineups:

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Posted On Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 1:42 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Canadiens likely to stick with what's worked

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens are not expected to make any changes to a winning lineup when they face the Boston Bruins for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series on Thursday at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 and have an opportunity to put the Bruins on the verge of elimination.

Coach Michel Therrien would not confirm anything, but defenseman Francis Bouillon and forward Brandon Prust remained on the ice long after the optional morning skate, suggesting each will be scratched for a second straight game.

That means forward Travis Moen and defenseman Douglas Murray should remain in lineup.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 7:12 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Murray, Moen in Canadiens lineup for Game 3

MONTREAL -- Defenseman Douglas Murray and forward Travis Moen are in the Montreal Canadiens lineup Tuesday for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins made no changes to their lineup from Game 2, a 5-3 victory at home that tied the best-of-7 series 1-1.

Murray is making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with the Canadiens after being scratched for Montreal’s first six playoff games. He is playing in his 73rd playoff game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 2:05 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bourque confirmed in Canadiens' Game 3 lineup

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Rene Bourque will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), coach Michel Therrien confirmed.

Bourque, Montreal's leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with four goals in six games, missed practice Monday with an illness but took part in an optional skate Tuesday morning.

Therrien would not confirm any other lineup changes, and with 14 skaters taking part in the optional practice Tuesday there were no line rushes.

Based on the lines the Canadiens ran at practice Monday, it would appear forward Travis Moen may play in place of Brandon Prust, and defenseman Douglas Murray may take the spot of Francis Bouillon on Montreal's third pairing.

"We want to be a team that competes, that's always been our trademark, so we can't deviate from that," Therrien said. "With the depth we have on our team, we have players that are ready to play and that want to play. All season long we weren't afraid to call on our depth."

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