The Montreal Canadiens will battle the Bruins in Boston for the right to play the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. History runs deep between these two original six franchises, with some of the most iconic moments in hockey involving the two. Here is everything you need to know prior to puck drop.
- Game time 7:00 p.m. ET
- 34th playoff meeting between the two clubs
- Ninth time series has gone to a seventh and deciding game
- Montreal captain Brian Gionta 5' 7", 176 lbs.
- Boston captain Zdeno Chara 6' 9", 255 lbs.
Playoff history runs deep between the Bruins and Habs
Of there 34 postseason meetings, this is the ninth time at the series hasn't been decided until Game 7, with the Habs winning five of them.
While Montreal won 24 of those first 33 series – and 18 in a row from 1946 to 1987 – the “Big Bad Bruins” have taken the past two.
2014 series recap
After splitting the first four games of the second-round series, the Bruins, who held the best record in the NHL over the regular season, easily won Game 5 and had a chance to eliminate the Canadiens in Montreal on Monday night. But just as the Bruins dominated in Game 5, the Habs turned the table and beat the Bruins 4-0 to force Game 7.
Controversy throughout the series
Subban was again at the centre of a firestorm after Boston's Shawn Thornton squirted water at him during play, late in Game 5. Thornton, who was seen smiling like a cheshire cat shortly afterwards, was fined for his actions.
Battle between the pipes
Lucky anthem singers
Montreal hasn't had a regular anthem singer of note since Roger Doucet in the late 1970's.
That may have changed. Quebec musical icon Ginette Reno was asked to perform the Canadian anthem prior to the Canadiens home opening playoff game vs. Tampa Bay. The Habs responded by scoring just 11 seconds into their Game 3 win. Her legend grew in Game 4 of the series. After finishing O' Canada, Reno shook hands with Montreal forward Daniel Brière. The centre, who had not scored in the series, got the Canadiens off to another quick start with a goal just 2:11 into the first period.
With Reno singing, the Habs are 4-1 during the playoffs this year.
Game in Boston, but Montreal on high alert
The Bell Centre in Montreal will show Game 7 on their scoreboard. 20,000-plus lucky fans paid $10, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, for the right to have an arena atmosphere despite the game being played in Boston.