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Preview; Bruins try to prove they can win a Game 7 against the Habs

April 27, 2011

Here we are again.

The Bruins dropped Game 6 in Montreal thanks to two 5-on-3 goals, a bevy of penalties deserved and embellished, and an inability to score on the power-play or on 5-on-5 to force a decisive Game 7. Recent history isn’t in Boston’s favor. The Bruins are just 1-6 in their last seven elimination games, Montreal is 6-1 in theirs. Under Claude Julien, who is coaching for his job, the Bruins are 0-3 in Game 7’s.

Montreal is leading the series in goals 14-13, and with three overtime periods, it’s no secret that the series has been razor thin. That being said, the series has been an emotional roller coaster. After one goal in the first two games I was calling for a sweep. Three stressful games later the Bruins looked like they knew what they were doing and then last night they hamstrung themselves with undisciplined play throughout. So who the hell knows what tonight will bring?

Milan Lucic, who was ejected from last night’s game, supposedly won’t be suspended for his hit last night. Lucic, who had 30 goals and 62 point this season has amassed just one assit in the first six playoff games. Lucic hasn’t scored a goal in 16 games.

Shawn Thornton played a grand total of 2:27 unmemorable hockey in Game 6. If you’re going to play a guy that little, why not play the kid?

One reassuring piece of information is that Tim Thomas is noticeably better than Carey Price in the second of back-to-back starts this season. Tim Thomas was 3-1-0 with a .943 save percentage while Price was 3-4-2 with a .891 save percentage. Montreal, in winning games, have blocked a ton of shots, last night included. The Bruins got to find a way around the slow Canadiens defense to find clear shooting lanes.

Watch out for Mike Cammalleri tonight, he shows up in elimination games in big ways. Cammalleri has seven goals and 10 points in seven elimination games as a Canadien.

If tonight’s game goes into overtime, like last night’s Vancouver-Chicago game, I’m 85% sure I’ll throw up.


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