Boston Bruins (54-19-9) at Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 6, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +121 / Boston Bruins -133 --- Over/Under: 5
The Canadiens and Bruins continue their intense series as the scene shifts to Montreal for game three on Tuesday night.
The Boston Bruins responded after losing a hard fought battle to open their series with the Montreal Canadiens by mounting a spectacular come back in the third period of Saturday’s game two victory and they’ll look to carry that momentum into the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. The Bruins dropped their series opener in the first round with the Detroit Red Wings before storming back to win four in a row and claim the series in five games but they know the likelihood of that happening again here against a very solid Montreal team is highly unlikely. The Bruins are among the deepest teams in the NHL and have a plethora of playoff experience making them a legitimate threat to hoist the Stanley Cup this season but a rivalry matchup can take a lot out of you like we saw with Boston and Toronto last year and if the B’s are going to weather the storm here and take the series lead they’ll need a strong and complete team effort.
The Canadiens return home with their heads held high after stealing home ice away from the B’s in the series opener but they have to be a little disappointed with the way they let game two slip away as they could have pushed the Bruins to the ropes with another win here on home ice. The Canadiens had a comfortable advantage in the later stages of the third period but the gusty Bruins battled back and netted three goals in the final frame including an empty netter to ultimately seal the victory in what was unofficially a must win type of game for the home side. Carey Price has been the best player in this series so far and is to me the front runner for the Conn Smythe if he continues to play like this and with recent criticism and gamesmanship coming from the Bruins towards Price you can bet he’d love to make a statement in this one. I have leaned towards the side in both of these contests so far and in both circumstances I have been surprised with the number of goals that each team has conceded. For tonight, I am back on the sides and I will lean towards the home team here. The Canadiens have only lost one playoff game so far and could have very well claimed victory in that one as well and with the Bell Centre being one of the toughest places to play in the league and the Habs fans absolutely despising the Bruins I like Montreal here to get it done at home.