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Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Bruins #7

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Keep the good times rollin’: Unable to decide a winner after six games, the Canadiens and Bruins get set to clash once more for the eighth Game 7 in their long playoff history. While the Habs have the lock on winning final games at home, walking away with the three that took place in Montreal, they were only able to steal two of four on Bruin ice, with the most recent coming when the 2004 edition of the Canadiens stormed back to erase a 3-1 deficit for the first time in team history.


Second chances: The 2011 Canadiens will get another stab at accomplishing a feat that has only been done four times in the club’s 100-plus years: winning three road-games in a single playoff series. A Wednesday night win would knock the Bruins out of the postseason in similar fashion to the 1966 and 1951 Red Wings, the 1989 Flyers and of course, last year’s Washington Capitals.

Ready for Round 9: With two Stanley Cups to his name, Canadiens’ veteran center Scott Gomez has more playoff experience than any other member of the Habs roster when it comes to do-or-die Game 7s. In eight such matchups to date, the Habs No. 11 has notched six wins with only two losses, posting four assists along the way, with two of them coming against the Penguins in 2010, ultimately helping the Habs sink the Pittsburgh squad to move on to the Eastern Conference finals.

Killer instinct:  Firing on all cylinders since the beginning of their series against the Bruins, the Canadiens’ penalty-kill has been perfect every time they’ve hit the ice in the postseason, having yet to cough up a goal with a man in the box. To date, the Habs PK unit has managed to completely shut down the Bruins’ power-play on all 20 of their attempts, while Jacques Martin’s troops have registered a 17.4% success rate with the man-advantage.

Dueling netminders:  Even if Carey Price wasn’t counting on the Canadiens-Bruins series being all about the goaltenders, the two men between the pipes have still been a huge deciding factor in the outcome of the games. Price has so far posted a save-percentage of .942, ranking him 3rd overall in the league, while Tim Thomas sits in 6th with .927.


Alexandre Harvey is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane.




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