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Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Bruins #5

Friday, 22.04.2011 / 12:01 PM / News
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Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Bruins #5
Turning point? Not exactly: Anyone who thought Game 4 was the most important in the best-of-seven series clearly wasn’t looking at playoff history between the Bruins and Habs. Since 1943, the two Original 6 teams have faced off 26 times in the postseason and in those matchups, winning the fourth game has hardly been an indication of series success. With the exception of the six series that ended with a sweep in Game 4, only four others have seen the team who wins Game 4 go on to win the series. The team who loses Game 4 has won the series the 15 remaining times. 

Getting offensive: Fans looking for another goal scoring clinic may be in for some disappointment on Saturday night. The nine combined goals scored by the Habs and Bruins at the Bell Centre on Thursday were hardly indicative of how the two teams usually fare on the scoresheet in playoff outings. In the 166 previous postseason tilts between Boston and Montreal, only 20 have seen the teams score that many goals.

Playing the hero: The Canadiens have racked up 101 playoff wins against the Bruins over the years with winning-goals coming off the sticks of 60 different players. Hall-of-Famers Dickie Moore, Maurice Richard and Bernard Geoffrion have all sealed playoff wins for the Habs against Boston and Brian Gionta and Mathieu Darche added their names to that list so far in the current series. Tied with Gionta for the team lead with six game-winners this season, could Andrei Kostitsyn be next?

Another level: After compiling an impressive 19 points in the playoffs last spring, Michael Cammalleri picked up right where he left off in the current postseason. With seven points in four games already, Cammalleri jumped to the 58th spot on the Canadiens all-time playoff scoring leaderboard. The 28-year-old is one of seven current Habs who have played at least 20 postseason games for the Canadiens, averaging over a point-per-game in that span.

Road warriors: The Canadiens and Bruins seem to be a lot more comfortable on the road in this series, with both teams going 0-2 on home ice to date. This series marks just the 31st time in NHL history that the visiting team has won each of the first four games and the first time since the Montreal-Carolina series in 2006. Habs fans won’t be disappointed if that trend continues on Saturday night.

-canadiens.com



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