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Get your game notes: Bruins at Canadiens

May 6, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT

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

• Tonight, the Canadiens will host the Bruins in a playoff game for the 88th time. The Habs hold a 64-23 edge on home ice, but have taken only eight of 15 games vs. Boston since moving into the Bell Centre in 1996. The Bruins have won four of five postseason games in Montreal since 2009.

• With the N.Y. Rangers’ loss in Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh, the Canadiens enter tonight’s game as the only team this postseason not to have trailed in games in any series. In fact, the Habs have only trailed within a game on four occasions this postseason. (See table.) They hadn’t trailed by more than one goal at any point until Milan Lucic scored an empty-netter to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead with 1:06 left in Game 2.

• The Bruins came back from two-goal deficits in each of the first two games this series (2-0 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2). In this postseason of two-goal comebacks (18, of which 11 resulted in wins), the Bruins became the only team to do so in consecutive games.

• Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara logged a game-high 26:59 time on ice, assisted on the game-winning goal by Reilly Smith and was on the ice for all five Boston goals (and two Montreal power-play goals). His +5 rating matched a career high, accomplished twice in the regular season with Ottawa (Jan. 24, 2004 vs. NYR; Feb. 28, 2004 vs. BUF).

• In Game 2, the Bruins exploded for four goals in the final 9:04 to rebound from a 3-1 deficit to post their first-ever regulation victory in a postseason game when trailing by two goals in the final 10 minutes. Elias Sports Bureau The first three goals came with Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in net. Price has arguably been the Canadiens’ best player through two games, but the third period has not been a charm.

• Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek rebounded from his zero point-zero shots on goal performance in Game 1 to score two power-play goals in Game 2. In 60 career regular-season and playoff games vs. Boston, Vanek has 34 goals, 33 assists and 67 points, with Buffalo (31-29–60 in 53 games), the N.Y. Islanders (1-3–4 in 3 games) and Montreal (2-1–3 in 4 games).

• The Bruins’ second line of Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith led the way for Boston in the first two games of the series, combining for nine points (three goals, six assists) on 18 shots on goal. During that span, the B’s first line of Milan Lucic-David KrejciJarome Iginla combined for only three points (one empty-net goal, two assists) on 15 shots.

  1. sambaughslingers - May 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Time for the Krejci line to show up to the playoffs. Tonight is the night that they can get going.

  2. drewsylvania - May 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Now off to Where the Slime Live.

    • drewsylvania - May 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      I’m talking about the Bell Centre, not the city.

  3. terrier92 - May 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Three of the classiest players to ever wear a Bruins uniform came from Quebec. Jean Ratelle, Ray Bourque & Patrice Bergeron. Bostonians do not dislike folks from Montreal just their team. Go Bruins

  4. terrier92 - May 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Drew my comment was independent of yours not in response

    • drewsylvania - May 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Was wondering. :-p

  5. joey4id - May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    “It’s a great place to play, I think. The fans are so loud and the atmosphere is great. Then again, if you dig yourself a hole in the first period, then it becomes tough. But when it’s 0-0 between both teams, I like it because you can feed off that energy. It’s kind of like soccer inside a stadium. It gets really, really loud, and they’re really into it. There’s no better place for a hockey player to play.” Tuuka Rask

    It’s going to be a crazy loud atmosphere at the Bell.

  6. titansbro - May 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Should be a nice, uneventful, quiet night of hockey. So relaxing.

  7. eastcoastgambler - May 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Let’s hope that the Rangers can find someway to win a couple of games and extend that series. The Bruins would like a little rest after they finish off the Habs on Saturday night. Yes, I said it, Saturday night. Fellow bettors now know how to fatten their wallets the next three games. It’s Like Stealing!

  8. shiplore - May 6, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Oh super a Homer ref and Chris Rooney… what’s he biggest disparity in penalties possible? my guess 16-8 PIMS with at least one 2 man PP for the Habs.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Habs are 9-1 when these guys work the game. At least we know what to expect…

  9. terrier92 - May 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Oh God not Rooney!!!! Good ref yet a Southie kid who bends over backwards to not appear to be favoring Bruins. God just let them play

    • shaundre93 - May 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Im really hoping that if Peel is as bad as advertised he might change his tune a bit

  10. bigdaddy44 - May 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Julien and some Bruins told the truth by calling out the league for favoring the Habs, just like they always do against any Montreal opponent. The selection of these refs is the league’s way of saying F___ Y__ to the Bruins, we are going to continue to favor Canada’s Royal Franchise, the Montreal Princesses!

  11. shaundre93 - May 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I rarely, if ever, pay attention to whose reffing the game or their track records. That said, Tim Peel is one name I constantly hear thrown around on this message board, by a wide variety of fan bases, as a terrible ref who is easily influenced by the crowd. It might be best to avoid alcohol tonight if youre a B’s fan… things may end up broken

  12. joey4id - May 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Here’s what I’m hoping to witness tonight at the Bell Center. Classy fans from both teams. No diving from Marchand, Subban, or any other player. Great goaltending from Carey and Tuuka. Impartial refereeing is a gimme. No spearing, butt ending or any other cheap shot. At least 2 OT periods. No labradors roaming the street. Price lost both of his this week and some good smaritan returned them to him, and the guy got an autograpphed goalie stick. He could have given him a couple of tickets for tonight’s game. Finally, no racist twitts and no ruckus from the fans after the game. BTW, Ginette Reno is going to kill the anthem, so don’t be late.

    • joey4id - May 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      BTW, if you hear the fans booing because a B’s player gets hurt, don’t go bashing all the hometown fan base. The only ones who do that are the fans up in the rafters. Remember you don’t qualify all B’s fans as moronic racists because of a few twitts. Stay classy here too. Go Bs! Go Habs!

  13. gomta - May 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Hey eastcoastgambler, what were you saying about Bruins finishing off the Habs? I guess you were partially right. It’s going to end Saturday!

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