BOSTON BRUINS (7-4) vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS (7-3)
9:43 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 1, MTL 3
BRUINS ELIMINATED FROM 2014 PLAYOFFS: Down two goals late in the third, Andrei Markov was called for interference putting the Bruins on the PP. The Bruins opted to pull goaltender Tuukka task to make it a 6-on-4 man-advantage, trying desperately to find their next goal to bring them within one, but they were unable to scratch it together, falling in Game 7 to the Canadiens ending their 2014 playoff run. Stay tuned for postgame coverage and follow the B's Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
HABS EXTEND LEAD: With 4:31 to go in the third period, with the Black & Gold trailing by a goal, Johnny Boychuk was whistled for interference sending the Bruins PK to work. But the Habs took made their power play count at a critical point in the game, extending their lead to 3-1 with 2:53 left, when Danny Briere connected for his second goal of the playoffs.
BRUINS KILL OFF PENALTY: The Bruins killed off the remainder of the Krejci penalty to start the third period off strong. The Black & Gold will need to feed off some of that momentum to find the equalizer here in the third.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for postgame coverage and follow the B's on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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8:47 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 2
KREJCI TO THE BOX: With 45.5 seconds to go in the middle frame, David Krejci was assessed a two-minute holding the stick minor giving the Canadiens a power play for the fourth time tonight. Boston managed to survive the remainder of the second period, but will still have 1:15 to kill off to begin the third period of play with their playoff hopes on the line.
BRUINS SCORE ON THE POWER PLAY: With 3:55 to go, the Black & Gold went on their second power play of the period and game, when Max Pacioretty was called for holding the stick on B's defenseman Dougie Hamilton in the Montreal zone. This time around the B's power play seemed to click better than its previous attempt, creating at least three solid opporutinies, before Torey Krug was eventually able to serve as the catalyst for a Jarome Iginla tip-in to get the Bruins on the boat, cutting the deficit to 2-1 at 17:58 into the second. The goal mark's Iginla's fifth goal of the playoffs, while Krug picks up his eighth assist. David Krejci picked up the secondary helper for his fourth of the postseason.
BRUINS EARN A POWER PLAY: At the 8:12 mark the Bruins were awarded their first man-advantage of the game, when Montreal's Lars Eller was slapped with a two-minute interference minor on David Krejci. The Bruins were able to generate one scoring opportunity in transition on a rush with Reily Smith and Loui Eriksson, but Eriksson was unable to beat Price, marking his 13th save of the evening.
HABS DOUBLE DOWN: With 9:38 to go in the second period, the Canadiens doubled their lead when Max Pacioretty connected on a shot from the right faceoff circle for his third of the playoffs. David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher were responsible for setting up the Pacioretty goal, earning themselves an assist apiece, for their fourth helpers of the postseason.
BERGY'S BEST CHANCE: The Bruins best chance of the game came at 15:45 mark in a two-on-one rush with Bergeron controlling the puck with with Eriksson on his wing. Bergeron he deked a few times before trying to sneak the puck between Price, five-hole, but the Montreal netminder stood tall, and stoned the chance, causing the puck to deflect out wide and keep the Bruins scoreless.
7:43 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, MTL 1
LEADING/TRAILING AFTER FIRST: The Bruins are 1-4 this postseason in game where they have entered the second period trailing, while the Canadiens have amassed a perfect 5-0 record this postseason when leading after the first period. With their season on the brink, the Bruins will certainly have their work cut out for them here to break the Canadiens postseason trend.
CHARA OFF FOR HOLDING: The Bruins' PK was sent to work once again, after blueliner Zdeno Chara was called for holding with 5:47 remaining. Fortuantely the B's were able to ward off any further damage and managed to escape a minor penalty once again, still trailing by only one goal.
MONTREAL GOES ON THE POWER PLAY: The Montreal Canadiens were given their first power play of the contest at 6:18 into the first period, when Brad Marchand was called for goaltender interference after colliding with Carey Price. The B's were able bail out their winger, successfully interrupting much of the Montreal puck movement and power play flow to kill off the two-minute infraction.
HABS TAKE 1-0 LEAD: At the 17:42 mark the Montreal Canadiens struck first in Game 7, when Dale Wiese punched in a pin-point pass on the tape on the doorstep from Daniel Briere to give the Habs a 1-0 lead. The goal marks Wiese's third of the playoffs, while Briere picks up his fourth assist of the postseason.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. MTL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (7-4, 1.90 GAA, .933 Save %) vs. Price (7-3, 2.25 GAA, .922 Save %). In 46 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 28-18 record with a 2.09 GAA & .931 save % with five shutouts. In 40 playoff matchups, Price has compiled a 16-20 record with a 2.72 GAA & .910 save % with four shutouts.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: In 176 postseason games versus Montreal, the Black & Gold have accrued a 71-105 lifetime playoff record, and have been outscored by the Habs by a 528-435 margin in those contests. In 86 lifetime playoff games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 47-39 record against Montreal with a 236-225 scoring advantage on home ice.
GAME 7 HISTORIES: Tonight will mark the 25th time in franchise history that the Black & Gold have participated in a Game 7, 20 of which have been played on home ice. In their previous 24 Game 7s, the Black & Gold have accrued a 13-11 lifetime record. For the Canadiens, this evening will mark their 23rd lifetime Game 7 and the 12th of which that will be played on opposing ice. Overall, Montreal has racked up a 13-9 lifetime record in Game 7s. This will be the ninth lifetime Game 7 between these two clubs with Montreal holding a 5-3 lifetime record advantage.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin Ray Bourque will serve as tonight’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 7 against Montreal.
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The first postseason episode of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani aired on Monday, May 5 on NESN. The series' 14th installment chronicled the Black & Gold's First Round defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The air date for episode 15 of Behind the B, which will feature the Bruins vs. Canadiens series, will be announced after the series has completed.
212 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, May 10 at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins have reached 212 straight regular season and playoff game sell outs. This sellout streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: Thomas Vanek had his second two-goal night of the 2014 playoffs in Game 6, becoming the first Canadiens player to record two, two-goal games in the same playoffs since Michael Cammalleri in 2009-10. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Vanek, who played for the Islanders and Sabres this season, became just the second player in NHL history to score five or more postseason goals after playing for two different teams during the preceding regular season… Carey Price became just the second goaltender in NHL history to earn his first four postseason shutouts versus one team. The other to accomplish such a record was Martin Brodeur.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 8-for-31 (25.8%, 6th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 31-for-40 (77.5 13th NHL)… Canadiens power play: 9-for-33 (27.3%, 4th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 18-for-22 (81.8%, 10rd NHL).