Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Sens #2
24 hours later: Over the course of their regular season, the Habs showed an aptitude for picking up wins in the second half of back-to-back match-ups. While they may have a record of 4-5-1 in the first game when playing twice in as many days – including Thursday night against the Senators – Michel Therrien’s Canadiens have to proven to be masters of the bounce-back, going 7-1-1 in follow-up tilts, winning their last seven under those circumstances.
Burn the broom: Thursday night at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens were handed a loss for the 14th time in their 75 opening-round appearances in which they had home-ice advantage. Determined to turn the tides, the Habs have historically managed to stop themselves from going down 2-0 in a series in front of their fans on seven of those occasions, going on to battle their way into the second round the same number of times.
TGIF: In their playoff history, the Canadiens have only played nine games in front of Montreal fans on Friday nights – most notably the infamous Good Friday Massacre against the Quebec Nordiques in 1984. When hitting the ice for a Friday night playoff tilt, the Habs have a record of seven wins and only two losses, with one loss coming in 2006 versus Carolina and the other in 1987 against the Flyers.
Double time: When playoff time rolls around, fans can generally count on seeing P.K. Subban take his game to the next level. The dynamic 23-year-old defenseman played his 22nd postseason game on Thursday night, and for the 10th time – not to mention the eighth game in a row – he was counted on for more than 25 minutes of ice-time by his head coach, logging a total of 28:01 against the Sens.
Extra pepper: On Thursday night, the Canadiens became the 13th team since 1988 to log 50 or more shots on goal in a playoff game that didn’t go into overtime. Giving credit where credit is due, Senators’ goaltender Craig Anderson became one of only four goaltenders to steal a win for his team when bombarded by that much rubber in regulation time.
It's go time
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