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PHT Morning Skate: Habs, Bruins play historic ninth Game 7

May 14, 2014, 8:06 AM EDT

After last night, we know that the Chicago Blackhawks will extend their defense of the Stanley Cup to the Western Conference Final at a minimum and the New York Rangers will play in the Eastern Conference Final for the third time since their championship 1993-94 campaign.

Who those squads will play remains to be seen, but we won’t have to wait for much longer to find out..

Game 7: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins [Series tied at 3-3] (7:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

This is the ninth time Montreal and Boston have played each other in a Game 7, which is the most in the history of North American pro sports, per The rivalry between these teams might be old, but they don’t have to thumb through an NHL history book to find reasons to play with intensity tonight.

The heated finish of Montreal’s 4-0 victory over Boston Monday night wasn’t about the days of the Original Six.

After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien fought against the notion that Boston was the instigator of that melee and challenged the idea that the Bruins are the villains in this series. Either way, that incident will likely be on both teams’ minds going into tonight’s game at the TD Garden. Which would probably be fine by Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

“I hope their crowd is louder than in here [Bell Center.] I hope it gets nasty,” Subban said, “I hope it gets dirty because at the end of the game when you’re shaking hands, whoever wins, that’s what the feeling’s all about.”

Game 6: Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings [Anaheim leads series 3-2] (9:30 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

The Ducks broke the trend of the home team losing in this series with their 4-3 victory on Monday. Now the Los Angeles Kings will face elimination for the fifth time this season.

“To win four games against [the Kings] is going to be the toughest job this team will ever face,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said, per the Los Angeles Daily News.

Certainly the Kings have been in worst situations before. They fell behind 3-0 against the San Jose Sharks and managed to win four straight to advance to the second round. So what’s two in a row?

Rookie goalie John Gibson is likely to be back between the pipes tonight for the Ducks after he earned a 28-save shutout in Game 4 and stopped 39 shots Monday night. His potential was recognized long before this series started, but he’s still just 20 years old and these games are only going to get harder.

“A lot of pressure on him now,” Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said. “A lot of pressure on him.”

Then again, he won’t be doing it alone. He’s got an experienced team in front of him that’s proven time and time again capable of standing up to a fierce opponent like the Kings.

  1. nunan - May 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    God, the Habs are ridiculous. Just admit they’re taking some liberties at the end of a game that’s already in hand..nothing wrong with that. Just trying to get under their skin. Don’t instigate and then throw your hands in the air like you’re shocked the Bs reacted and started pummeling you. You’re not fooling anyone bc it’s all on tape, obviously.

  2. the8man - May 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Nothing more to say here. The winner moves on. We; can dispense with the name calling and finger pointing. None of that matters. It’s down to one game. And maybe, one goal in OT. This series has lived up to all expectations for drama, competitive play, side stories and duration. I’ve always felt it didn’t matter where good teams or teams of destiny play, they always find a way to win. Here’s hoping that home ice in a game 7 actually has real value for home side.

    Go Bs!

  3. budshot - May 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    NBC can go to hell. I get both regular NBC and CNBC but none of these playoff games are broadcast on those two channels here in Denver, and we had a pretty good team in the playoffs. So I have to pay even more money for NBC Sports channel? You advertise that you’re broadcasting every game but then you only do it on premium channels that cost an arm and a leg.

    • 7mantel - May 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Get it for the playoffs then drop it !

  4. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    some insight into bruins and their fan-base sense of team spirit … one for all and all for one … play together stay together

    • gallyhatch - May 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Still posting to ‘vex the easily vexed’ eh Muckle?

      Don’t ever change, if you did I might think you actually found some dignity in that pathetic life of yours.

      (before you write another 500 word essay trying to convince people how awesome your life is, keep in mind that the volume / frequency of your posts betray the pseudo-intelligence you so desperately try to impress upon regulars of this site)

      • bbgraf08 - May 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        (before you write another 500 word essay trying to convince people how awesome your life is, keep in mind that the volume / frequency of your posts betray the pseudo-intelligence you so desperately try to impress upon regulars of this site)

        Nailed it.

  5. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    gallyhatch bbgraf08

    usage of the term pseudo-intellectual is used on the internet nearly as often as the term nazi, and always by those either incapable of point counterpoint discussion or by those wielding one-line rejoinder in defence of personal deficiencies

    go to the enclosed link, you’ll find near the bottom of the comments section another of my essays, within which you’ll find a link pointing you to the definitive pseudo-intellectual, crawling over the internet and offering-up opinion on an array of subjects clearly beyond his capacity, fundamentally racist, but always presenting as the regular flag-waving republican clown … the new-age hate patriot

    his work, should you do a google search, will help you understand the term pseudo-intellectual … savoirlaire is everywhere

    savoirlaire is apparently a sunday bruins supporter, but knows jack about hockey, much like you and the few self-important bruins fans lacking gift for humour –i’ve never linked or quoted myself, but in this instance it’ll save me bother of repeating content apropos

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