Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Sens #4
A Hit a Minute: The heated Habs-Sens series hasn’t been lacking in physicality. The teams combined for 91 hits in Game 3 alone, bringing the series total to 209 checks, equalling roughly one hit for every 51 seconds of action so far in Round 1.
It Takes Four: You can’t win a best-of-7 series after just three games. After falling behind two games to one in playoff series throughout their history, the Canadiens have gone on to post a 13-11 record in Game Fours, eventually winning the series on seven of those occasions.
Righting the Ship: Throughout the 2012-13 regular season, Michel Therrien’s troops have made a habit of bouncing back after tough losses. This year, the Habs allowed five or more goals on 10 occasions, roaring back to win the following game seven times.
Veteran Poise: They may be enjoying their first taste of NHL postseason action, but Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk haven’t looked like playoff rookies in their debuts. The two are tied for second among all rookies with two points apiece, Galchenyuk leads all rookies with four takeaways and Calder Trophy candidate Gallagher is first in the NHL with 17 shots in three games so far.
Black and Blue: There’s nothing that says ‘playoff hockey’ quite like blocking more shots than the opponent is able to actually land on net. In Game 2, the Habs blocked 34 shots, allowing just 30 to make it through to Canadiens netminder Carey Price. With 12 blocked shots in his first three career playoff games, Raphael Diaz is currently tied for second in the NHL in that category.