Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Bruins #4
Lady in red : Rabbit’s feet, horse shoes and four-leaf clovers, anything’s fair game for good luck in the playoffs. The Canadiens now have their very own lucky symbol in singer Ginette Reno. Having sang for Maurice Richard many years ago, Madame Reno is now best known for helping the Canadiens to a perfect 3-0 postseason record at the Bell Centre in 2014. It’s not just her voice which has been galvanizing the team and its fans. In her first two opening acts, she gave special salutes to Rene Bourque and Daniel Briere. Both players would end up scoring in the opening minutes of Games Three and Four against Tampa Bay.
Wisen up: With the Boston powerplay a force in the regular season and Montreal scoring four PP goals in the first three games, discipline has been the key word for coaches Michel Therrien and Claude Julien. Only two minor penalties were called in Game Three, so it seems that the players are listening. However, with post-whistle skirmishes occurring on a regular basis during the game, it seems that the usual Montreal-Boston intensity will soon boil over once again. It remains to be seen if the exchanges will continue to remain within the boundaries of the rule book.
Straight dozen: Thirteen is not the luckiest number. After ending a 12-game Boston winning streak in the regular season, the Habs ended another Bruins streak at 12. Indeed, Boston has won all 12 of its previous Game Threes in the postseason. There would be no baker’s dozen for the black and gold.
Magic number: Though the Canadiens finished 21st in the regular season with 2.55 goals for per game, the team has found the right formula to light the lamp on a regular basis after the 82nd game. After seven postseason games, Michel Therrien’s squad has averaged an NHL-best 3.86 goals for. The Habs remain the only team to break the three-goal mark in each of its playoff outings so far.
Double digits: With a highlight-reel goal and an assist in Game Three, P.K. Subban has already topped the ten-point plateau after just seven postseason games on the strength of three goals and eight assists. This marks the 26th time in franchise history when a defenseman has obtained at least 10 points in the playoffs. For 16 other of those Montreal blueliners, their playoff adventures were capped off with a run at the Stanley Cup. Just saying.