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Get your game notes: Canadiens at Bruins

May 1, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Boston Bruins hosting the Montreal Canadiens starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight marks the start of the 34th all-time playoff series and the 171st all-time playoff game between Montreal and Boston. The Bruins had the slight edge between the Original Six clubs in the early years, before the Canadiens rattled off 18 straight series wins over 41 years (1946-1987). Since 1988, when the Bruins finally broke through again, Boston has won seven of the 11 series.

• The Canadiens return to competition after sweeping Tampa Bay nine days ago (Apr. 22). It was the Habs’ 22nd sweep in a best-of-seven series in franchise history and first since 1993, the year they went on to win their 24th (and most recent) Stanley Cup title.

• Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who leads the NHL this postseason in GAA (1.16) and save% (.961), will be starting his first-career playoff game vs. the Canadiens. The Vezina Trophy finalist has struggled vs. Montreal during his regular-season career, going 3-10-3 in 17 appearances (one no-decision), with a 2.63 GAA, .908 save% and one shutout. He has never beaten the Habs at TD Garden (0-4-3, 3.35 GAA, .833 save%).

• Boston allowed a league-low 1.20 goals/game in their first-round, five-game series win vs. Detroit. The six goals allowed by Rask and the Bruins were the fewest allowed by the club in a series going five or more games since the 1939 Stanley Cup vs. Toronto (also six goals in five games). In their last 10 playoff games vs. Eastern Conf. opponents dating back to last season (Gm. 5 vs. NYR, Gms. 1-4 vs. PIT, Gms. 1-5 vs. DET), they allowed only nine goals.

• In the first round, Montreal led all playoff teams with 4.00 goals/game, but none of their 16 goals came from defensemen. The Canadiens averaged 34.5 shots/game, but no Habs defenseman had more than nine shots on goal (P.K. Subban). The Bruins scored 2.80 goals/game in the first round; four of their 14 goals came from their blueline (Zdeno Chara – 2, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton).

• Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher (3-2–5) enters tonight’s game with points in all four games this postseason and goals in his last three games. Gallagher became the third-ever Montreal player age 21 or younger to score in at least three straight playoff games in one series (Steve Shutt, Games 1-4 vs. NYR, 1974; and Shayne Corson, Games 5-7, 1987 vs. Quebec). Elias Sports Bureau

• Bruins winger Jarome Iginla, who scored the OT game-winner in Game 4 and the series-clincher on an empty-net goal in Game 5, will be playing in his 75th playoff game tonight. Iginla has now suited up in 1,384 NHL games (1,310 regular season, 74 playoff), the most among all active players who have never won the Stanley Cup.

• Bruins coach Claude Julien will be behind the bench for his third postseason series involving these two teams. Each of the previous series went seven games, and he was on the winning side in both of them, for Montreal in the 2004 Eastern Conf. Quarterfinals and Boston in the 2011 Eastern Conf. Quarterfinals. That 2011 Bruins side went on to win the franchise’s sixth Stanley Cup.

  1. longcutskolvikes - May 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Go Habs go!!!

    • jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      No Habs No!!!

      • drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        That’s my line!

  2. terrier92 - May 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    You do realize that the Garden bull gang has to fumigate the Boston Garden after every Habs game to remove the stench the Habs leave behind

    • longcutskolvikes - May 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      No, what you’re smelling is the fungal infection you acquired from hanging off of Zdeno Chara’s jock. Go Habs go!!!

  3. comeonnowguys - May 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Are you sure it’s not drunken Bruin fans not making it to the restrooms?

  4. numbcracker2109 - May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    How about Les HabiCANTS! GET IT? YEE HAW!

  5. smarshall3789 - May 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I can’t wait to watch this series! This is going to be epic to bad I’m not a fan of either team! I’d probably have to go with the Canadians cause the Bs knocked my wings out!! For the love of god can someone cup check or beat up Lucic please that man don’t even deserve to play hockey he’s a coward!!

    • homelanddefense - May 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      I understand not liking the guy, and there is no defense for that cup check he did. But tio say he is a coward is completely inaccurate. If one of the wings came after him to hold him accountable he would more than stood up for himself.

  6. bruininnh1984 - May 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    who does the research here? the author conveniently left out the bruins sweeping the canadiens in 2009

    • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      We’re outraged.

  7. drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Does anyone who’s not a Habs fan (or Bruins hater) like the Habs?

    • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Hi there. I’m neither a Montreal nor a Bruin hater and I wouldn’t mind seeing them do well.

  8. bsfan77 - May 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Habs coach is picking the Bruins too! Good luck Habnots!

  9. tommy4000 - May 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Man I hope Lucic puts that whiney lil b/@#h subban on his a$$ that jerk starts all kinds of crap but wont back up anything. Biggest slimeball in hockey next to cooke

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