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Winner takes all

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - For the first time in 15 years, the Canadiens will host a seventh and deciding game in the playoffs.

Following the Bruins' 5-4 win on Saturday night in Boston, the Canadiens and Bruins will square off in a Game 7 for the seventh time in their storied rivalry. The Habs are 4-2 in their six previous do-or-die, seventh game showdowns with the B's, including Montreal's triumph in the spring of 2004.
The heavily anticipated match-up also marks the first Game 7 played on home turf for the Canadiens since 1992. That year, a game-winning goal by Russ Courtnall set up by Patrice Brisebois in double overtime gave the Habs a 3-2 clinching win over the Hartford Whalers at the Forum.
The Canadiens head into their huge encounter with the Bruins with 18 total Game 7s under their belts. The Habs are 10-8, including a 7-3 record on home ice in seventh games.
As for the Bruins, Monday will mark their 17th all-time seventh game, with Boston holding a 10-6 record. The news isn't quite as good on the road, however, with the Bruins never having won a Game 7 on enemy ice. Boston is 0-3 on the road, including their infamous "Too Many Men" loss in Montreal in the spring of 1979.

Manny Almela is a writer for
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