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Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Bruins #6

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Canadiens Territory: When it comes to Bruins-Habs playoff series, the Canadiens have the market cornered when it comes to winning those best-of-7 matchups four games to two. The Habs have eliminated Boston in six games four times in NHL history while the Bruins have never done the same. The four times the Bs have had a chance to oust the Canadiens in Game 6, Montreal has forced a Game 7 and eventually eliminated the Bruins in three of those rubber matches.

Not a first time for everything: There are a lot of things the Canadiens have been the first to do over the years, but there’s one accomplishment in this series in particular the Habs want nothing to do with: becoming the first team to lose to the Bruins after leading 2-0. In the 26 previous times in franchise history that Boston has trailed 2-0 in a series, the Bruins have been on the losing end of the handshakes on all 26 occasions to date. 

Party like it’s 2010: For the third time in the past two years, the Canadiens will be facing elimination in front of their fans in Game 6.  Last spring at the Bell Centre, the Habs posted a 4-1 win over the Capitals before winning the series in Game 7 two days later in Washington, following that up with a 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 6 in Round 2 before sending Sidney Crosby & Co. off on summer vacation on May 12.

Work horse: After seeing 40 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time in Game 5, P.K. Subban brought his 2011 playoff average up to a whopping 29:32. The 21-year-old defenseman has enjoyed more ice time than Bruins top blue-liners Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Hal Gill is second on the Habs with an average of 25:04 minutes per game.

Time and a half: Suiting up for his 89th career NHL game – playoffs and regular season combined – Lars Eller broke the 20-minute mark for the first time on Saturday night. In addition to dishing out six hits in his 21:43 of ice time, the 21-year-old Dane also set up Jeff Halpern’s third period goal to register his second point in three games in Boston this postseason.

Alexandre Harvey is a writer for Translated by Shauna Denis.

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