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MTL@BOS: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens are looking to close out their season series with Boston with a win on Monday

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

BOSTON - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Monday night's game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

1. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Brett Kulak, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Jordie Benn were the goal-scorers for the Habs, and Phillip Danault recorded a pair of assists. For his part, goaltender Carey Price earned his third shutout of the season and 43rd of his career with a 28-save performance to blank Colorado. The win moved the Habs back into playoff contention as they reclaimed one of the two Wild Card positions with 53 points in 46 games.

Video: Habs score three in the 3rd as Price earns shutout

2. Ahead of the Colorado game, head coach Claude Julien made some changes to his forward lines. He linked up Jonathan Drouin with Danault and Brendan Gallagher, Max Domi with Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia, and put Tomas Tatar, Kotkaniemi, and Paul Byron together. At Monday's morning skate at TD Garden Julien featured those same lines, and he confirmed that Price would get the start.

3. This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The Canadiens won the first contest in Boston back in October, also a 3-0 shutout win which moved Price ahead of Patrick Roy for second all-time on the team in wins. The Bruins won the next two showdowns - 3-2 in November and 4-0 on December 17 - in Montreal. Boston currently sits in third place in the Atlantic division with 56 points, and the Bruins have a game in hand on Montreal.

Video: MTL@BOS: Price blanks Bruins to make club history

4. The Bruins are riding high right now. They've only dropped one of their last seven games and three of their last 12, a stretch which started with their most recent win against the Canadiens. Only one of their last nine wins has required extra time. Brad Marchand (6G, 8A) and David Pastrnak (5G, 9A) have led Beantown during the 12-game run with 14 points apiece, while Tuukka Rask (5-1-0) and Jaroslav Halak (4-2-0) have split goaltending duties. In their most recent outing, the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in Toronto on Saturday. Pastrnak scored the deciding goal for Boston in what was his 120th career game-winner. 

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. You can catch all the action on television on TSN2 and RDS, and on the radio on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.

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