Habs, Bruins prepare for Game 7
CANADIENS at BRUINS
(Best-of-seven series tied, 3-3)
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: Needing a win to keep their season alive, the Canadiens came up big Tuesday night with a 2-1 win against the Bruins at the Bell Centre. Carey Price
shined for Montreal, stopping 31 shots to help the Habs force a seventh game in Beantown.
"There's no doubt Carey was outstanding," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said of Price, who is boasting a 1.85 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. "He's been good every night and he has given us a chance to win, so I think that is a key part in playoff hockey."
: There's something about having their backs against the wall that brings out the best in the Canadiens. Dating back to last postseason, Montreal is now 6-1 when facing elimination. Michael Cammalleri
has plenty to do with that statistic, as the highly-skilled winger had a goal and an assist Tuesday night and is 7-3-10 in those seven elimination games.
"I'm not ready tonight to sit here and start praising each other just yet," Cammalleri said. "We've got a big game coming up, and it's still the first round of the playoffs. Let's keep all the complimenting each other to a minimum right now and worry about getting better."
: Perhaps the biggest reason why Boston will play with its season on the line Wednesday night is because of its anemic power play. The Bruins went 0-for-4 via the man advantage in Game 6 and is now 0-for-19 in the series.
"It's always the same, you want to use the odd-man advantage to try to score," Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said after Tuesday's loss. "They did and we didn't. Five-on-five, I think we did great; special teams was the thing that kind of hurt us."
: Cammalleri, one of the biggest playoff performers in the League, has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) in this series. Brian Gionta
is 3-1-4 in the six games. … Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is averaging a point per game (3-3-6), while Tim Thomas has a 2.16 GAA and .927 save percentage.
: Habs defenseman James Wisniewski
suffered an injury in Game 5 and did not play Tuesday night. Forward David Desharnais
injured his knee in Game 5 and did not play after the second period. If he can't go, Benoit Pouliot
will likely re-enter the fray.
: On second night of back-to-back starts, Price is 6-9-2 with a 3.10 GAA, while Thomas is 11-10-5 with a 2.38 GAA.
: "We have to take that positive and go home. We'll have our home crowd and it'll be exciting. We've been in this before. We have to stay focused, stay relaxed and go from there." -- Bruins forward Mark Recchi
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