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Get your Game 7 notes: Habs at Bruins

May 14, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

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

• Tonight marks the ninth Game 7 in the 34 all-time playoff series between the Canadiens and Bruins. Some of the most memorable moments in NHL history have taken place during Game 7s between these two arch-rivals, including Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s “unconscious goal” past Sugar Jim Henry in 1951-52, 39-year-old Jean Beliveau & rookie Ken Dryden’s upset of Bobby Orr’s Bruins in 1970-71, Boston’s “Too Many Men” penalty in 1978-79, Patrick Roy’s final postseason game in Montreal in 1993-94 & Nathan Horton’s OT winner in 2010-11. The Canadiens hold a 5-3 edge in wins; the Bruins are 3-2 at home though.

• With a win tonight, Boston will advance to the Conference Finals for the 2nd straight year & the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons. Montreal can advance to their first Conference Finals since 2009-2010 with a win tonight. Prior to their 2009-2010 appearance, the Canadiens had not made the Conf. Finals since 1992-93, the year they won the Stanley Cup. This marks the 7th straight season that Boston has played in a Game 7 – establishing a new NHL record.

Carey Price’s 26-save shutout in Game 6 was his 4th career postseason shutout. All 4 of Price’s playoff shutouts have come against Boston (2 in 2008, 1 in 2011). Price became just the 2nd goalie in NHL history to earn his first 4 postseason shutouts all against one team. Martin Brodeur also recorded the first 4 of his 24 career playoff shutouts (an NHL record) vs. Boston, 1 in 1994 & 3 in 1995. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Price has stopped 190 of 204 shots this series; he has allowed 8 of those 14 goals in the 3rd period where he has faced 45 shots (.822 save%) compared to his .962 save% (153/159) in all other periods this series.

Zdeno Chara will be playing in his 11th career Game 7 (4-6 record, 3 assists), most among active players. Claude Julien will be behind the bench for his 10th Game 7 (5-4 record), tying Mike Keenan for the most in NHL history among head coaches. This will be Michel Therrien’s first time coaching a Game 7.

Tuukka Rask leads all goalies in GAA (1.90) & SV% (.933) this postseason. He holds a 1-1 career record in Game 7s (3.87 GAA, .855 save%). In 2009-10, Rask allowed 4 goals on 27 shots in a second-round Game-7 loss to Philadelphia (at home), 4-3. Last season, Rask allowed 4 goals on 28 shots (2 saves in OT) in a first-round Game-7 win over Toronto (at home), 5-4.

  1. joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I know many of you are waiting for Joey’s keys to the game. As promised, here they are;

    Crucial to both teams is to score the first goal.

    Keys for Bruins;
    Feed on the energy of the crowd
    Take the game to the Habs big time during the first 10 minutes of the game. Heavy fore check
    Prevent the stretch pass, and especially during the first 10 minutes
    Miller, Krug, Hamilton, Bartkowski need to protect the puck. i.e. no turnovers
    Stay out of the sin bin
    Clog up the neutral zone
    KIL must put the biscuit in the basket
    Will the real Chara please stand up
    Rask has to be better than he’s been thus far (Play like Vezina nominee)

    Keys for Habs;
    Be ready to play disciplined & perfect positional hockey for the first 10 minutes
    Use speed on transition in d zone and through the neutral zone
    Heavy fore check on young d men. (Krug, Miller, Hamilton and Bartkowski)
    Big boys have to put on the big boy pants. (Vanek, Pacioretty, Desharnais, Subban)
    Price just needs to be Price – he’s not lost in 4 elimination games this year giving up only 1 goal. (he should have been nominated for the Vezina)

    No muscle flexing (Weise & Lucic) or junior stuff. All business boys.

    Can Boston become the first team since the 1979 Canadiens to play all their playoff games against original 6 teams and win the Stanley Cup? The 79 Habs had 12 wins beating Toronto, Boston and the Rangers. They can pull this off if the Rangers make it to the semis and Hawks make it to the big dance. The Bruins will become the first team to do it requiring 16 wins since the format was changed in 1987.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      “Feed on energy of the crowd” Durrrrr do ya think? For a home team in a game 7? BRILLIANT!

      “Stay out of the sin bin” Buhahahahaha, this is revolutionary stuff!!! You should tweet these ideas to NHL coaches!!

      “Clog up the neural zone” LMAO GOLD

      “D-men don’t turn the puck over” Sounds pretty crazy, I’m not sure about this one

      “Use speed through the neutral zone” As opposed to taking your time which teams usually do

      “Good players play good” You can’t make this stuff up

      LMAO hilarious that someone took the time to write out this garbage that can be said about every team in every playoff game.

      What a loser

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Perhaps your hockey IQ is not as high as you think. Let me try using a different approach which should be less challenging for you.

        “Feed on energy of the crowd” Durrrrr do ya think? For a home team in a game 7? BRILLIANT!
        [Joey] It’s not as simple as you think. Ex: Pens weren’t able to do it last night. Why? Crowd got into the game in the last few minutes of the 3rd period. There are things coaches and players can do to get the crowd in the game. Hockey illiterate fans like you don’t usually understand this part of pro hockey, and this is after all NBC Sports ProHockeyTalk.

        “Stay out of the sin bin” Buhahahahaha, this is revolutionary stuff!!! You should tweet these ideas to NHL coaches!!
        [Joey] True that it’s not revolutionary, but the Bruins style of play puts them more at risk, and their PK right now is not working well whereas the Habs’ PP is at 45%. Plus the refs assigned to the game usually have a low threshold for infractions. Because of these facts getting stupid penalties can literally cause the Bruins to lose game 7. Last game Campbell got stupid penalty. Result! Goalllllllllllllllllllllllllll! Number 3

        “Clog up the neural zone” LMAO GOLD
        [Joey] This is important because the Habs are faster than the Bruins. Preventing them to gather up speed will force them to be more physical, and that in itself should be an advantage to the Bruins because they are slower, but bigger and stronger.

        “D-men don’t turn the puck over” Sounds pretty crazy, I’m not sure about this one
        [Joey] Bruins have inexperienced d men. Last game Bartkowski coughed up the puck at the red line when Rask was on his way out of the net. Result! Empty net. Goallllllllllllllllllllll! Also last game, Krug was pressured and forced to get rid of the puck along the boards behind the net which handcuffed Miller. Result! Turnover! Goallllllllllll! 1st goal.

        “Use speed through the neutral zone” As opposed to taking your time which teams usually do
        [Joey] Bruins speed up front is non existent. So to ask them to use speed through the neutral zone would be useless. Montreal has better & faster skaters. They must use that speed to chip & chase and beat the d to the puck. Bruins don’t have that type of speed so asking them to use speed through the neutral zone would like asking you to read about the intricacies of the game, which clearly you wouldn’t understand.

        “Good players play good” You can’t make this stuff up
        [Joey] You’re paraphrasing. Task has not played like a Vezina trophy nominee. Krejci has zero goals. The top players have to find a way to get out of their funk. Ex: Crosby has 1 goal in the last 18 playoff games. Nash is not scoring. So, the top players on the Bs are not playing well. This can become a factor. The big money players are expected to step up.

        LMAO hilarious that someone took the time to write out this garbage that can be said about every team in every playoff game.
        [Joey] Not really. You’ve got to leverage your strengths (speed through the neutral zone for Habs (not an asset the Bruins have)), and exploit the weaknesses of your opponent (inexperienced d men on the Bruins). Ex: You’re not going to have the same game plan versus the Hawks who have very mobile and experienced d men as compared to Boston.

        What a loser
        [Joey] You’re obviously new around here. You can read and raise your hockey IQ. Or, refuse to learn and remain ignorant. Refusing to learn is what makes a loser. You decide whether or not you want to raise our hockey IQ.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        I never read a single word

        I played in the Q, where did you play again?

        But you sure did type a lot of stuff that will never be read by me or anyone

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=29485

        That’s me, link me your page

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Yep! You’re new around here. Me? I never skated in my life, and never been to an indoor rink. Matter of fact I still live in my mother’s basement. But! You! OMG! We have a bonafide star who played in the Q. You scored 21 goals in 190 games. If I give you my email, can you send me an autographed picture?

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Says some kid who uses multiple user names, pretends to have inside sources.

        I never said I was a star, I’m just pointing out that I know far beyond what some loser who posts every single tired hockey cliche ever.

        I mean that’s what you did, you posted pretty much every single cliche known to hockey.
        And then you followed it up with you saying something stupid about what you know, and what I can learn.

        There’s absolutely nothing you can teach me about the game kid. And btw, I was a D man, who managed to keep a spot on the Moose as an overager, so I couldn’t care less about how many goals I scored.

        I got to play with Tanguay and JSG, I got to be a playoff hero to end my career, while you, what have you done? Other than being creepy and weird here

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Ooo! Please. Please. Send me an autographed picture. An overgaer! You’re such a superstar. A playoff hero! All those names. You’re making me cum in my pants. You know so much because you played Q. OMG! Mommy! Come! Hurry!

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        But again, tell everyone where you played again? What level did you reach?

        And when you’re done tell us what you were thinking when you tried convincing people here that you have insider sources? And why you make up multiple user names and agree with yourself?

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Are you dumb or just pretending. I never skated or seen an indoor rink.

        imnotyourbuddyguy, Know what? I’m not your buddy guy. :-) You’re absolutely nuts. You and anyone else who thinks that I have multiple accounts. (Well! maybe I do.. or not) For chrissakes!

        And, frankly, I’m a fan of of yours, you d!psh!t. If you’ve read any my posts, you’d realize that I know nothing about the game and never wrote that I had inside sources.

        Can’t you find some better use of your time than spreading this idiocy? :-)

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Funny how you totally switched from talking about how much you know and how I could learn from you…to this, not a single word about what you know.

        Again, it’s was funny to read some guy list every hockey cliche ever (again) as keys tonight.

        Lemme guess, if the Bruins win by not taking PIM’s, by not turning the puck over, by it’s best players playing well, you’re going to cut and paste all those cliches and obvious things you posted as some sorta validation to your hockey knowledge.

        I’ve never read anyone more needy than you online, what an empty life must you live to crave such attention.

        But again, why did you pretend to have insider sources during the lockout?

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        hehehehe! Says the guy who wrote; I played in the Q. I know far beyond what some loser who posts every single tired hockey cliche ever. I was a D man, who managed to keep a spot on the Moose as an overager. I got to play with Tanguay and JSG, I got to be a playoff hero to end my career.

        That’s me, link me your page
        http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=29485

        I never wrote I had insider sources. lol! Are you still frustrated your career stalled and you had to play in the Q as an overager? That’s not much to brag about there kid. :-)

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Yes you did, and everyone who’s been here long enough knows that’s exactly what you did, just like they remember when your joey account got banned, blom the blom account was banned at the same time.

        And I’m not bragging, I’m pointing out the absolute without a doubt fact that I know more about the sport than you.

        You probably played house league at best

        See… me telling you why you’re an idiot for starting this with how much you know…and how I can learn a thing or two isn’t bragging, it’s me pointing out exactly why that’s laughable.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        hehehehe! Says the guy who wrote; I played in the Q. I know far beyond what some loser who posts every single tired hockey cliche ever. I was a D man, who managed to keep a spot on the Moose as an overager. I got to play with Tanguay and JSG, I got to be a playoff hero to end my career.

        That’s me, link me your page
        http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=29485

        You’re mistaking me for another user. I never wrote I had insider sources. lol! Are you still frustrated your career stalled and you had to play in the Q as an overager? That’s not much to brag about there kid. :-)

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        You’re desperate to be viewed as someone important here, it’s like you’re keeping score. It’s weird, you’re weird.

        Maybe if you stopped keeping score and stopped being an insufferable needy dbag, people would actually like and respect your opinions.

        But all you have done is turn off 80% of the posters here, and it’s not because of your opinions, it’s the way you act.

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        hehehehe! Says the guy who wrote; I played in the Q. I know far beyond what some loser who posts every single tired hockey cliche ever. I was a D man, who managed to keep a spot on the Moose as an overager. I got to play with Tanguay and JSG, I got to be a playoff hero to end my career.

        That’s me, link me your page
        http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=29485

        lol! Are you still frustrated your career stalled and you had to play in the Q as an overager? That’s not much to brag about there kid. :-)

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Uh oh, you have gone into childish mode, cut and pasting the same thing over and over.

        No wonder you got banned
        Like I said, you’re hated around here because of how you post, not what you post.

        I’m almost embarrassed for you

      • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Yawn! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Mr. I played in the Q and was a playoff hero as an overager, and posting your link. That my friend is childish behavior. Now flock off. Go play in your beer league with the overagers.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        Again, just telling you why it’s laughable when someone like you starts with the “I know more about hockey than you” garbage.

        If you don’t agree, tell us why you know more about hockey.
        Otherwise, retire your “I know more than you” card when posting here.

    • abouv1 - May 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Very good analysis. May the best team win!

  2. ironyisadeadscene - May 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Here are mine:

    Key for the Bruins:
    Don’t let the other team score more goals than you

    Key for the Canadiens:
    Don’t let the other team score more goals than you

    • govtminion - May 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Hmmm. I want to say you’re being funny, but you already have Joel Sacco beat in terms of head coaching mentality, so… get a resume built, see what happens? ;)

  3. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    one has to give it to joey, sorting-out need to score first goal, pure genius

    shouldn’t teams prevent the so-called stretch pass the entire game

    until i saw sin bin, biscuit in basket, big boy pants and big dance, i thought you were serious lmao

    and when did centre ice become the neutral zone … any part of the ice not subject to immediate threat is effectively a neutral zone, generally determined by distance from puck to goal line … looking at the number of goals scored by big shooters from centre ice over the years, it can hardly be considered a neutral zone

    if bobby or dennis hull, jaques lemaire or frank mahovolich or gordie howe among many others, caught one on the fly from centre ice and hit the net, the puck had to hit the goalie or it was in

    hint: blomfeld was being sarcastic

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Firstly, scoring the first goal doesn’t guarantee a win
      up until now scoring first has been relevant, but that can change
      can they cut the stretch pass the entire game? 1st 10 minutes are crucial
      kind of joking of course. Always add a spice of humor

      You think center ice is neutral zone. Center ice is red line
      only blue line to blue line is neutral zone. O zone, d zone, and n zone
      u get that?
      ! ;-)

  4. billiam55 - May 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    thumbs up if your happy we’re getting an original six ECF matchup.

  5. montrealbbr - May 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I wonder how many of you Boston losers will be calling into work tomorrow after your precious team loses tonight?

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Ferme ta gueule imbécile

    • titansbro - May 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      i wonder how many montreal losers will call the police tomorrow if your precious habs lose?

    • the8man - May 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Too late. A lot of us are leaving work early today to get a snootful before the game.

      Go Bs!

    • Michael - May 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Post-match posts in this thread by Bostonians: 0.

  6. oneil1234 - May 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Only way Montreal has a chance tonight in boston is if the refs kill the bruins momentum with bull$hit penalty calls. The league decided to start the idiot refs that did game 2 and called a stupid amount of penalties sooo we’ll wee how this goes. If the refs ruin this game I will not support the NHL anymore.

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I agree with you. However, if you know the refs can make BS calls, then so should both teams. Play according to the elements. Be smart out there. Keep your emotions in check.

  7. dolphincult - May 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    You gotta relax Joey, don,t let these guys get the best of you. You are starting to sound like blowflow33

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      No worries. My cardiologist is monitoring my heart rate and blood pressure as I type. It’s all real time, and connected to the net. :-) Cheers!

  8. oneil1234 - May 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Joey- very true they definently know but only so much is in their control. It’s to the point where the refs bs calls scare the bruins into not hitting and playing their game cause they know the refs will get all butt hurt. I was very confident in the bruins tonight until I heard who was officiating, now I’m very worried.

  9. mackattack29 - May 14, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I am so happy refs are finally calling all of marchands B.S. He is currently running the Bruins chances of winning this game. Ahh… karma sweet karma. Suck it bruins fans!

  10. oneil1234 - May 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    What did I say before the game? I can literally predict when Montreal will get powerplays in the game it’s gotten that bad with the refs, pathetic.

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