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Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins Game Breakers

Monday, 04.07.2008 / 11:51 AM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By NHL.com Staff


Alex Kovalev --
It's been a breakthrough season for the 15-year veteran, who has shouldered a hefty load while turning into a leader as well. Kovalev quarterbacks the League's best power play and is the player on this team that puts the most fear into the opposition.

Tomas Plekanec --
In his third season, Plekanec is centering one of the best lines in the NHL with Kovalev on his right and rookie Andrei Kostitsyn on his left. He is the Habs' second-leading scorer, and, like Kovalev, has been super productive on the power play.

Andrei Kostitsyn --
The left wing fills out the Habs' top line, which has been so good that it deserves to be discussed among the League's best. The 23-year-old from Belarus, who had seen action in only 34 games prior to this season, is a highlight reel waiting to happen.



Marc Savard --
The Bruins' best play-maker and All-Star center finished as one of the top assist men in the NHL. He has an uncanny ability to pass pucks into places you would think are impossible to reach, causing linemates to sometimes be surprised when the puck winds up on their stick. Despite missing the past two weeks with a back injury, Savard is expected to be ready to make a playoff appearance, which will be the 10-year vet's debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Zdeno Chara --
The League's tallest player, who also owns the League's hardest shot, is the Bruins' most important player. He's both a shutdown, physical defender and a power-play specialist from the point who logs close to 27 minutes per game. The Bruins gained just four out of a possible 10 points when he was out for five games from March 9-16.

Marco Sturm --
The Bruins' leading goal-scorer just finished his third straight season with 20-plus goals. He also set a career high in points this season. His offensive production has been huge for a team that thought it was going to get 70-plus points from Patrice Bergeron, who was out for most of the season with a concussion.
Quote of the Day

Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.

— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL