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Sunday April 17, 2011 10:17 pm

Boston Bruins in do or die situation against Montreal Canadiens

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL, Playoffs,

Milan Lucic and P.K. SubbanThe Boston Bruins beat themselves on Saturday night, falling 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens in game two of their playoff series and going behind two games to none. The Bruins announced late that Zdeno Chara wouldn’t play, and they couldn’t compensate for their noticeably smaller blue line as the Canadiens infiltrated the Boston zone often. At the other end, Habs goalie Carey Price was spectacular again, stopping 34 of 35 shots in the win.

The deck is now stacked against the Bruins. Historically speaking, in 26 tries, Boston has never won a series after falling behind two games to none. In playoff series against the Canadiens, Boston is 1-17 when Montreal wins the first game. With the series returning to Montreal, the Habs now also have the advantage with the last line change, so they’ll be able to put favorable matchups on the ice in games three and four.

Price isn’t the only obstacle the Bruins have to overcome if they hope to claw back into the series. P.K. Subban has been a thorn in most teams’ sides all season long, and he’s turned it up a notch against Boston.  The brash rookie has been targeted and he’s taken it well, distracting opposing players like Milan Lucic and shaking up their games. Boston will need to focus less on Subban and more on goal-scoring.

With the series in Montreal now, the Canadiens have a distinct advantage. This series was supposed to be the most exciting of all the first-round matchups. Not just because of the historic rivalry between the two franchises, but also because many believed that the Canadiens actually stood a chance against Boston and their record-setting goalie Tim Thomas. Instead, the Canadiens have made this look easy. A loss in game three will probably signal the end of the road for the Bruins and make everybody wonder just where things went so wrong.



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