Friday, May 2, 2014

Playoff Preview: Canadiens at Bruins (Round 2, Game 2)

Match Up:

The Canadiens and the Bruins face-off in Boston Saturday afternoon for Game 2 of the second round. The game starts at 12:30 and airs on RDS and CBC.

The Habs went up 1-0 in theseries with a 4-3 double overtime win thanks to PK Subban's second goals of the night. The Bruins out-shot the Canadiens 51-33, including a 15-10 advantage in overtime, but they weren't able to beat Carey Price until the third period after the Habs went up 2-0.

What to Watch:

Rene Bourque continued to be the Habs most dangerous forward in this postseason. Bourque tallied a goal and an assist bringing him up to 5 points in 5 playoff games this year. PK Subban scored his first 2 goals of these playoffs bringing his points total to 7.

Torey Krug scored his second goal of the playoffs and Patrice Bergeron picked up an assist keeping them at the top of the Bruins scoring leaders with 6 points apiece. The Bruins laid 56 hits on the Habs in Game 1, led by Kevan Miller and Johnny Boychuk who had 7 each.

What's at Stake:

If the Canadiens were looking to return to Montreal with at least a split in Boston, they've already accomplished that mission, but the Bruins did drop Game 1 to the Red Wings before winning the next 4. The Habs will be trying to keep alive the 5-game win streak they're on to start the playoffs, a 6-game streak stretching back to the regular season.

Who's Out:

Aside from Alex Galchenyuk (knee) the Habs are healthy heading into Game 2. Michael Bournival was a healthy scratch in Game 1 to make space for Travis Moen who returned from a concussion he suffered the last time the Habs and Bruins met.

The Bruins are missing Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), Adam McQuaid (quadriceps) and Chris Kelly (back).

What Else:

Tuukka Rask's struggles against the Canadiens continued Thursday night, the Vezina-nominated goalie lost his 14th game in 17 starts against the Habs. Thursday was the first time Rask faced the Habs in the playoffs. Carey Price picked up his 21st career win against the Bruins, but just his 4th in 12 playoff starts.

The Question Mark:

Are there any lineup changes you'd like to see for the Habs heading into Game 2 or should Michel Therrien stand pat?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.


I'd put Vanek back with DD and Patches. They know then need to step up, and Vanek acknowledged it. Give them the opportunity. I prefer Bournival in the lineup over Moen, but so long as Murray doesn't dress I'm happy.

I'm not quite sure how the Habs perform during matinee games. This could be interesting.

Keep Boillion off the ice & u will win. This guy cost us 2 goals on his boneheaded plays. There is a reason u have a goalie Boillion, let him make the save, keep your fking stick out of play.

I said for years the Habs top 2 centers, either Plekanec and Gomez or Plekanec and Desharnais are way too soft and small for playoff hockey, when will this team ever learn.

When Montreal plays Boston, just remember that Two players, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic fell to the Second round, and Trevor Timmins chose neither, imagine Montreal with one or both of them.

Guy Smith posts. 3 minutes later 'Anonymous' anti-Timmins post. always. Too funny.

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