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Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Bruins #5

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Blast from the past : Looking back to the storied Montreal-Boston rivalry, we can see that Saturday night’s matchup will be the 24th Game Five contested by the two teams. Historically, the winner of the critical swing game has gone on to take 19 of the 23 series.

Goose eggs: During the 2013-14 regular season, the Habs were shut out on six different occasions. The team was able to bounce back from the whitewashes, posting a 4-2 record in the games immediately following a blank. Out of the four wins, three came thanks to a Carey Price shutout.

Home away from home: Though the Canadiens would never expect a warm welcome at TD Garden, the team has done quite well in Boston in recent times. Since Michel Therrien took over the team in the fall of 2012, the Habs have posted a 5-1 record in six visits to Beantown.

Historic occasion: 35 years ago to the day, the Canadiens topped the Bruins in the unforgettable “Too Many Men” game. 2014 would be an excellent year to turn the trick again. It remains to be seen who would be channelling the spirits and repeating the on-ice heroics of Guy Lafleur and Yvon Lambert for Montreal in this series.

Stay golden: Carey Price has never been one to shy away from the pressure, especially at TD Garden. In six career postseason game in Boston, Price has compiled an impressive 0.940 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average. Considering that the team in front of him has scored three goals or more in seven of eight playoff games so far, the Habs have a good chance to get a win if they can offer Price some goal support.


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