Five Keys to the game: Habs-Bruins game 3
The Streaking Captain
The Canadiens return to the Bell Centre for Game 3. Having posted a 24-10-7 record when playing in Montreal this season, the team has proven there really is no place like home. The 21,273 fans in the building will look to be the Habs’ seventh player tonight, doing their part to throw the Bruins off their game all night.
History Repeats Itself?
Winning the third game in the postseason is crucial. Statistically, when the Canadiens fall behind in a best-of-seven series, they are the favorite in Game 3. Historically, in the first round, the team that leads 2-0 has a below-average 0.459 win percentage in the third game. Recall, if you will, the 2004 series against the Bruins, when the Canadiens pulled off the comeback after trailing by two, only to complete the Cinderella story by clinching the series in Game 7.
Playing by the Rules
The Canadiens will be following the rule book to the letter this evening, having been on the receiving end of 56% of the total penalty minutes given out in the series, including 59% in Game 2. Lucic has been a one-man penalty parade for the Bruins, accounting for a little less than half of his team’s total penalty minutes in the series thanks to misconduct penalties in each of the first two games. Maxim Lapierre will have a little more room to move tonight with Lucic missing from action, having received the exact same penalties as his Boston counterpart in those two outings.
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
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