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Get your game notes: Bruins at Canadiens

May 8, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

P.K. Subban Dale Weise AP

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

— Boston has trailed by at least two goals in each game this series—only winning Game 2—but could not complete a three-goal comeback in Game 3. Montreal is undefeated at home this postseason and has won 6 of 7 postseason games, its best stretch in the playoffs since winning 11 straight during its last Stanley Cup run in 1992-93. Boston trails for the second time in this series and for the third straight series, dating back to last season’s Stanley Cup Final against Chicago. Montreal has yet to trail in a series this postseason.

— Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (goal, assist in Game 3) has 2 points in each game this series (3 goals, 3 assists in series), becoming the 3rd Montreal defenseman with 3 consecutive multi-point games in the playoffs (Larry Robinson –1978 & 1987, J.C. Tremblay – 1971). Subban has now earned multiple points in 5 of his last 6 games and has 3 goals, 8 assists during a 6-game point streak. Subban is the 1st Canadiens defenseman to record a 6-game playoff point streak since Robinson did so in 1985. He has more than tripled his goal-scoring rate from the regular season, while more than doubling his assist rate. Subban’s 11 points currently lead all defensemen & are 4th overall this postseason. Elias Sports Bureau

— Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron scored for the second straight contest in Game 3, pushing his career-best playoff point streak to 7 games (3 goals, 6 assists). He is the first Bruins player to record a 7-game playoff point streak since Adam Oates earned points in 9 straight games in 1992. Bergeron and his linemates, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith, have outperformed Boston’s top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla so far in this series. Most notably absent from Boston’s scoring leaders is Krejci (0 goals, 3 assists), who led the playoffs in scoring two of the past three seasons (2012-13: 9-17—26; 2010-11: 12-11—23). Elias Sports Bureau

— Montreal is the only team to score 3+ goals in each game this postseason (3.86 goals/game, 1st in playoffs). Boston has allowed 3+ goals in each game in this series after not allowing any such games in the First Round vs. DET (BOS allowed 1.20 goals/game vs. DET – lowest in any First Round series).

— Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 26 saves in Game 3 to improve to 6-1 in the playoffs with a 2.47 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. As for Boston, Tuukka Rask led all goalies in the First Round in GAA (1.16) and save% (.961), having allowed 6 goals in 5 games vs. DET. But in the Second Round vs. MTL, he has allowed 10 goals in 3 games, giving up 3+ goals in each game (2.97 GAA, .884 save% in Second Round).

— Both teams were 0-1 on the power play in Game 3, but the disparity in special teams during the series has been greater. Montreal has converted 4 of 10 opportunities (40%), the best percentage in any Second Round series, while Boston has yet to score on the power play in this series, going 0 for 6, tied with the New York Rangers (0 for 13) for the worst rate in any Second Round series.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Probably not game note worth with limited space but the fruits of the Seguin trade continue to bear fruit. Matt Fraser just got called up in place of Justin Florek.

    • mgp1219 - May 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Yeah, because Seguin was a huge difference maker last year in the playoffs.
      Get over Seguin, he was not good for this team. Glad he’s gone.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Haha, clam down. I meant this as a good thing. Seguin and his huge salary are off the books, we got back a legit NHL’er and a prospect who could contribute this year and then a couple young kids. I am excited to see what this Fraser kid can do.

        I was there saying this was a good thing July 4th. I mean, it was a trade that worked for both sides.

        Seguin has skill but a better fit in Dallas’ more wide open system.

      • bildomatic - May 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Everything else aside, it might be a stretch to call Seguin’s contract “huge” at 5.75/yr . Especially 3-4 years from now I think it’ll be a bargain as the cap continues to rise and salaries inflate in free agency.

      • bildomatic - May 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        As it sits today his cap hit lands outside the top 50 in the NHL and is tied for 36th among forwards with Zajac and Mike Richards. He is also locked into that cap number for the next five seasons, actually a great contract by Chiarelli.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        Fair enough but I would rather that money go to Bergy long term.

      • bildomatic - May 8, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Bergeron did get a 1.5M bump in his extension and Seidenberg got a modest bump as well in his new deal, but I think the majority of the Seguin money will go to RFA Reilly Smith currently on the books for 900k/yr. After a 20 goal, 50 point season playing in the top six I think he is due for a 3.5-4.5/yr deal from someone next season. I saw one article where they had him going to Columbus on a 5yr $25 mil deal that the Bruins would be pressed to match.

      • shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Theres no way the B’s don’t sign Smith. I guarantee he gets signed before anyone sends an offer sheet. Doesn’t have the size yet, but I honestly think this kid could be the next Hossa. Smart in all zones, great shot, possibly a better passer, will probably be a fixture on the B’s PK sooner than later and the real kicker is that he’ll be working side by side with Bergeron for the foreseeable future. Sky’s the limit for him, and not in a Crosby/Stamkos way but a Bergeron/Hossa way

      • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        How about Mr Fraser.

    • jimthebear - May 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      How’s Seguin’s playoff run going this year? How many goals/assists? He has plenty of time to party now.

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        ??? what a crude analysis of one of the better players in the league this year.

        that would be dallas’s playoff run. and he was a young kid who got left in the dust by the bruins…when you draft an 18 year old and give him a pile of cash in a professional sports world you are partly responsible for his maturation as a person.

        seems like a great kid who has matured a lot in the last couple years and has more class than half of the Bruin’s nut stabbing, ring kissing roster, hagrid flopping roster.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        @cast why would you assume he has matured a lot in the last couple of years? Following the Stars elimination he posted a pic of himself with a bunch of girls in a bar with a quote to the effect of “Yeah Dallas s*cks”. Looks to me like the same immature party boy he was in Boston. What’s more, his regular season stats were great but what happened to him in the playoffs? He disappears when the games count and guys start hitting and hustling for every puck. He wilts.

        While the organization does bare some responsibility for his maturation, it sounds like they tried. Ultimately they felt they would be better as a team with someone else and not him. I don’t think the Bruins would just give up on such a potentially great asset if they thought they could make it work. They understand the business and are quite capable of separating emotion from their decisions. Ultimately it was business. Sorry if that doesn’t fit your narrative.

      • bildomatic - May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        To your point of the Bruins not bringing Seguin along and leaving him in the dust I think you are correct to a certain extent. If you look at the Bruins roster they currently have four players drafted in the first round (Iggy-Dallas, Tuukka-Toronto, Hamilton-Boston, Caron-Boston). Dougie is the only guy drafted by Boston that has stuck and had success thus far (Caron has been in and out and has been ineffective). Most organizations that have a top 3 pick can be patient and deal with immaturity of a young player and teach him. The Bruins were in a win now mode and almost seemed to say figure it out kid and if you can’t you won’t last (see Kessel, Phil). I also don’t understand the outrageous hate from Bruins fans towards Seguin, he is gone now and the Bruins seem to be just fine without him and he seems to be just fine in Dallas. Everyone move along, nothing to see here…

      • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        So hanging out with hot girls and drinking are bad things?

        Ummm are you new to hockey?

      • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Dude, I am rooting for Seguin but glad he is not on the team. I was excited for Eriksson but always thought the fruits of this trade would be Smith, Fraser and Morrow.

        The Bruins lost an immature kid making 5.5 million and gained three young prospects, one of which made a tangible difference.

  2. sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Nervous about this one. The B’s need to play a full 60, and it sure looks like lately they’ve been playing perhaps 20 or even 10. Really frustrating.

    • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      haha…might be karma. pens seem to be playing 60 minutes more frequently for the first time in a long time.

      welcome to my hockey fandom for the last couple years. hope it doesnt last that long for you. id really like another crack at you guys…win or lose it WILL be a different series.

      • sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        I’ll not deny the karma possibility, with the Lucic spear festival that has been going on.

  3. penvik - May 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    As soon as Boston gets settled, Habs are done. Unless Boston can’t get back to there game. Not a fan of either team, but the Bruins are the better squad. Nevertheless, still have to execute, that’s why you play the game!!
    Just hate seeing the inferior team win in hockey playoffs. LA vs CHI / BOS vs PIT – this should far and away be the conference finals. The other teams in the league aren’t even close.

    • hockey412 - May 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      I’m confused by this. The playoffs are seven game series so that the inferior team really doesn’t win. A game, ok. But a series?

      Didn’t Montreal consistently beat Boston this year, also?

      • sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        In 4 games, the Bruins won 1 and lost 3. Two of the B’s losses were by one goal, including a shootout.

      • hockey412 - May 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        So, in 7 games, Montreal won 5 times, Boston won 2.

        I’m just really confused. What makes them superior again?

      • infectorman - May 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Ok, I’m gonna try to help you out, Mr Confused:

        Final records of Reg Season:
        W L OT P ROW GF GA Diff
        Boston 54 19 9 117 51 261 177 +84

        Mont 46 28 8 100 40 215 204 +11

        Over 82 games and 7 months the Bruins far and away outperformed the Canadiens.
        You’re welcome. This information is readily available at: http://www.nhl.com/standings

      • hockey412 - May 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        So no matter what the Habs do, even by beating the Bruins, they would be the inferior team. What’s the point of the playoffs then…why not just give the trophy to the Bruins or have the top two teams play?

      • sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Btw, I’m literally chortling at getting thumbed down due to posting nothing but statistics.

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        412 i dont think your giving montreal enough credit. you know hockey isnt that black and white, anyway.

        montreal is a good team and established themselves as such in the last 1/4 of the season.

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        nevermind. i misread your post. sorry.

      • hockey412 - May 9, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        Yeah there’s no way to not call him out by saying the Bruins are better when the series is tied 2-2. And the series was in the Habs favor when the comment was made. Reminded me of Subban’s comments last year about Ottawa (the whole “we’re better” thing…right before Ottawa knocked them out).

    • joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Unfortunately, the better team has to play better than their opponents to move on. Right now the B’s are not playing better than Montreal. Subban is out playing Chara, and Price is out playing Rask. KIL is not producing, & Montreal’s head coach is doing a very good job managing his team and making timely adjustments. The road to the ECF goes through Montreal. You can’t just expect it to happen. Earn it!

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        is there not a playoff performance bonus built into Iggy’s contract?

      • joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        “Iginla’s incentive-laiden deal calls for a $3.7-million games-played bonus and a $500,000 goal-scoring and playoff-performance bonus.”

        cap hit is only 1.8 mil

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        anymore specificity on what the playoff performance bonus is? as far as what will get him the bonus

        i know what the cap hit is.

      • joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        My understanding is that he can hit another half mil from playoff bonuses. Seems like he already attained his regular season objectives totaling 3.7 mil. in bonuses.

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        yeah i know. thanks for the info seriously, but what im trying to ask is what does he have to do in the playoffs or what does the team have to do to qualify for that half mil?

        i cant find it anywhere.

        also, its important to remember than while his cap hit may only be 1.8 this year, his bonuses will be applied to next years cap. so, the downside to that is if he doesnt resign, he still hits the bruins with 3.7-4.2 million dollars in cap.

      • joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        I too couldn’t find the specifics for the playoff bonus. still digging though.

  4. dropthepuckeh - May 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Habs are undefeated at home with a whopping three game sample. With that logic the Bruins have won 63% of their post-season games so tonight should be a win…

    • sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Very true. The sample sizes are low. Also, some teams are great in the regular season but simply cannot go very far in the playoffs for whatever reason (San Jose, I’m talking about you here).

  5. montrealbbr - May 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Just two more wins and then bring on Pittsburgh!

    • dropthepuckeh - May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Habsman – where in VT you watching the game – I’ll stop by…

      • charlie24zz - May 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        I’ll join, don’t need some Gooins fans starting a fight

        GHG

      • dropthepuckeh - May 8, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Come on by Charlie, greenmtboy is coming too after lax practice…

    • jimthebear - May 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Now, you mean three more wins, right?

    • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      woah woah now.

      you might get trigger happy up there in hockey candy land but pittsburgh has not won its series yet.

      well talk about the ECFs when round 2 is over how about that?

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