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Preview; Bruins look to take out Habs with fourth straight win

April 26, 2011

The Bruins earned their first series lead with a Game 5 victory in double overtime and will look to complete a comeback from 0-2 with their fourth straight win. After scoring just one goal in their first two games the Bruins offense has awoken to 11 goals over the last three games.

Game 4 was the first Bruins Canadiens double overtime playoff game since 1969 and ended with a Nathan Horton tap-in goal to push the Habs to the brink. They will look to win their first series in franchise history after falling down 0-2 in the series, going 0-26 up to now. Interestingly, the series is tied in goals at 12-12, truly indicating how tightly contested the series has been.

The Bruins are in for a hell of a trip to Montreal. It was bad enough in Game’s 3 and 4 with the reaction to Zdeno Chara but now the Bruins have to deal with Andrew Ference‘s flippant finger. Expect to hear boos nearly every Bruins shift. The crowd clearly wasn’t much of a factor in Game’s 3 and 4 in which the Bruins came alive in the hostile environment.

Zdeno Chara, who was nominated for the Vezina Trophy yesterday, has been a subtle difference maker in the series. When he was out of the lineup and/or sick the Bruins couldn’t establish their game but since Game 3 he’s truly solidified the back end. Dennis Seidenberg has been the greatest benefactor of being paired with Zdeno Chara. He was -4 in the first two games but has been greatly improved in the last three games, playing a team high 38:15 in Game 5.

David Desharnais may not play tonight as he’s battling a knee injury and even James Wisniewski. Deshnarais is a speedy forward with some skill and Wisniewski has had an elevated role on a depleted blue line. If those two can’t make it into the lineup the Habs will have a hard time scrapping out a win.

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