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Game 7 preview: MTL vs. BOS

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Eastern Conference Second Round Series : Game 7

Series tied 3-3

This is it. On Wednesday night, the Canadiens and the Bruins will play a winner-takes-all Game 7 at the TD Garden

With the Habs’ offense sputtering in the two previous games, Michel Therrien took a gamble and inserted Daniel Briere and rookie Nathan Beaulieu into his lineup for a must-win Game 6 in Montreal. The move paid off in spades as both players showed their speed and puck control skills, spurring the team to a convincing 4-0 win.

Lars Eller opened the scoring in the first period after a fluky bounce fooled Tuukka Rask and allowed the Dane to slide a backhand into an unguarded Boston net. In the second period, Max Pacioretty broke through with his first tally of the series, as a long Beaulieu flip pass sent the winger in all alone. The American made no mistake and snapped the fluttering puck between the legs of Rask. Thomas Vanek added a powerplay tally in the third and capped off the scoring with an empty-netter in the final minutes.

Carey Price made 26 saves for his fourth playoff shutout. The netminder got some help from his defensemen as well as the crossbar, which denied a sure goal by Loui Eriksson in the first period. Still, Price earned the win thanks to some impressive acrobatics, which he notably showed on an impossible no-look stick save on Milan Lucic midway through the game.

The Canadiens outshot the Bruins for the second straight game, this time 28-26. P.K. Subban still leads all skaters in scoring for the series with seven points in six games so far. The Bruins’ Carl Soderberg and Brad Marchand are tied with Thomas Vanek and Andrei Markov with five points apiece. Subban is also the most-used player on either team with 27:16 played per game.

Puck drop will be at 7:00PM E.S.T.

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