Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Nathan Horton's Goal Gives Boston Overtime Win, 4-3

They needed overtime, but the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 Wednesday night, winning the series, 4-3. Nathan Horton scored the game-winner, ensuring the Bruins will move on the face the Flyers.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Nathan Horton's Goal Gives Boston 4-3 Win

There a few greater things in sports than a Game 7. So your team winning a Game 7 in overtime must be that much better.

The Boston Bruins gave their fans a great game Wednesday (albeit a stressful one, no doubt), defeating the Montreal Canadiens in overtime, 4-3, to win Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Nathan Horton's slap shot just 5:43 into the extra period. The Bruins will advance to face the Philadelphia Flyers, a rematch of last year's  conference semi-finals, when the Flyers came all the way back from down 3-0 to shock the Bruins. 

In Wednesday night's Game 7, Boston found itself in overtime after P.K. Subban fired a power-play slapshot past Tim Thomas to tie the game 3-3 with just 1:57 left in regulation. The Bruins wasted little time in the extra frame. 

Milan Lucic found himself with the puck deep in the Montreal end and skated up to the right circle. He passed to the high slot for Horton, who slid over to the right and fired a shot past Carey Price, who never saw it coming.

For more on this game, head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins: P.K. Subban's Late Goal Sends Game 7 To Overtime

Sixty minutes of hockey wasn't enough. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are headed for overtime in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the TD Garden Wednesday night, tied 3-3. 

Trailing 2-1, the Canadiens leveled things early in the second period when the Bruins' power play went from bad to worse. Not only did Boston yet again fail to score, but they gave up a shorthanded goal to Tomas Plekanec

The Bruins reclaimed the lead midway through the third quarter, when Chris Kelly beat Carey Price with a backhanded put-back goal on a loose rebound. But Boston's 3-2 lead would not last. 

On a power play -- Patrice Bergeron was whistled for high-sticking with under three minutes left in regulation -- the Canadiens took full advantage of the extra man as Plekanec fed a perfect cross-ice pass to P.K. Subban, who one-timed a rocket of a slapshot past Tim Thomas's glove and into the top of the net. 

The Bruins and Canadiens now head to overtime -- next goal wins the game, and the series. 

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Canadiens At Bruins, Game 7: Milan Lucic Avoids Suspension

According to Rogers Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, there will be no suspension for Milan Lucic, meaning he will be available for the Boston Bruins when they host the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the TD Garden Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET, Versus and NESN).

Lucic was facing possible discipline from the league because of his hit on the Canadiens' Jaroslav Spacek during Tuesday's Game 6, a hit that promptly earned Lucic an ejection at the time. 

The Bruins have already said they will not comment on the hit. 

Did the NHL make the right decision? Probably, says SB Nation's Travis Hughes, who outlines a perceived lack of intent on Lucic's part, a precedent for similar hits this postseason, injury and the on-ice penalty. And as of this posting, the readers seem to agree -- 72 percent of those who responded to the poll say the league made the right call by not suspending Milan Lucic for Game 7.

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 3: Boston Gets Much-Needed Win Monday Night, 4-2

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Rich Peverley's goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winning goal as the Boston Bruins took a much- needed 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Boston had dropped the first two games of the series at home, but got 34 saves from Tim Thomas on Monday to cut Montreal's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

"I was lucky to be able to hold them tonight," said Thomas. "Not too many rebounds. It's about time, I was happy to get this win, I needed it. It all worked out good."

David Krejci and Nathan Horton had first-period goals while Chris Kelly's empty-netter sealed the win for the Bruins, who had managed just one goal in the first two games.

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara was back to play after sitting out Game 2 as he was hospitalized with dehydration. He had an assist in the game and played over 26 minutes.

"Chara makes a huge difference, he's one of the more important players in the league and the most important on this team," said Thomas. "It's harder to play without him. The last game we weren't able to get it done without him."

Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn each lit the lamp while Carey Price, who stopped 65 shots in the first two games, was tagged for three goals on 24 shots in the loss.

"We weren't as focused as we were in Boston," said Price. "They were buzzing in the first half with a full court press. They traded a lot of opportunities off their forecheck and we were sitting back on our heels in the beginning."

Game 4 of this set between Original Six clubs is set for Thursday in Montreal.

Boston used a three-goal barrage to take a commanding lead as Peverley capped the scoring 2:02 into the second period as Price tried to clear a dump-in, but the puck hit off of Mark Recchi and Peverley dumped the gift into the empty net.

Montreal, though, got one back five minutes later as Michael Cammalleri left a drop pass at the top of the right circle for Kostitsyn, who bulled to the right side of the net and was able to slip a backhand between the pads of Thomas.

It was a one-goal game 4:08 into the final period when Plekanec took the puck into the Boston end down the right side and from the low right circle he spun around and fired a shot on net that made it in.

Thomas, though, was able to preserve the lead with a big stop on a Kostitsyn shot down low with 4 1/2 minutes to play, and Kelly's empty-netter with 26 seconds left sealed the win.

Boston took a 1-0 lead 3:11 into the game when Patrice Bergeron sent a pass from the deep right boards to the front and Krejci buried the one-timer to give Boston its first lead of the series.

The Bruins took a two-goal lead 14:38 into the first when Chara's left point shot hit off the back boards and, from the left side, Horton was able to swing it in.

Boston was 0-for-4 on the power play while Montreal went 0-for-5...This is the 33rd playoff series between these two teams and Montreal has won 24 of them. Boston, though, has taken five of the last eight...Cammalleri assisted on both Montreal goals.

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 3: Series Shifts To Montreal Win Boston In Need Of A Win

Just last Wednesday, the Boston Bruins were the third-best team in the Eastern Conference, ready to open their series with the No. 6 Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden. Now, they're facing a must-win situation.

Indeed, when the Bruins face the Canadiens Monday night in Montreal, Boston will need a win to avoid going down 3-0 in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series. But maybe that's for the best -- after all, Boston was 24-12-5 on the road during the regular season, tied for the fourth-most road wins in the NHL. 

Although, history is certainly not on the side of the Bruins -- Boston has never won a series when trailing 2-0, a perfect 0-26 mark. 

"It's not over. We have more hockey to play," said Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban about his club sweeping a pair from their perennial rivals. "All business."

Boston has been frustrated by Carey Price, as the Bruins have put just one of their 66 shots in the series past the Canadiens goaltender. Price made 31 saves in a 2-0 victory in the opener and stopped 34-of-35 shots in Saturday's 3-1 triumph at TD Garden.

The big question for Monday's game is the status of captain Zdeno Chara. The defenseman did not play Saturday night after spending Friday night in the hospital due to dehydration. He's made the trip to Montreal, and it sounds like he might be lacing up the skates.

Chara did not speak to the media after taking part in the entire skate, leading his teammates in the post-practice stretch, but Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested the chances his captain will play Monday night are strong.

"As of right now he's looking good," Julien said. "But I can't stand here and say he's definitely in."

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NHL Playoffs Schedule: Bruins, Canadiens Kick-Off Stanley Cup Quest Thursday Night

The Lowdown: The No. 3 seed Boston Bruins face the No. 6 seed Montreal Canadiens in the first game of their first round NHL playoff match-up Thursday evening.

The Digits: 7 p.m., TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Where To Watch: The entire series will be featured on NESN, while Game 1 will also have a home on VERSUS. Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub will be airing the game live on the radio. In Montreal, English language coverage will be available on CJAD 800AM, and on the CBC.

The Preview: Poetically, the Bruins and Canadiens had to meet at some point of these season's NHL Playoffs. With the rivalry at its highest pitch in years thanks to March's Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacrioretty, both teams will face emotionally charged venues in both Boston and Montreal.

The Bruins will ride the hot saves of goaltender Tim Thomas into the playoffs. While Thomas has suffered from some defensive failures in front of him at times this season, he has shown a steadiness in goal that has carried his team. Thomas ended the regular season leading the NHL in save percentage (.938) and goals allowed average (2.00), while placing second in shutouts with 9. His save percentage was a league record since the stat started being tallied in 1982. One of Thomas's shutouts was the last game he played against the Canadiens on March 24th, and was 2-1-1 overall against them this season.

To keep a charged Montreal team at bay, the Bruins will need to see continued offensive output from all four of their lines. Milan Lucic will need to keep up his goal tallying trend, but will most likely be a point of focus for the Montreal defense. Thus, Lucic may need to focus more on feeding his linemates than making the shots himself. Lucic's linemate David Krejci has 10 points in 11 career playoff games against Montreal. The Bruins could use the veteran experiences of mid-season pickups Tomas Kaberle and Chris Kelly, both of whom have been slightly underwhelming thus far.

While the Bruins defense will have a definite size advantage over the Canadiens, they will need to keep focused. With lapses and lack of hustle evident at points this season, the defense is the one worry-point for this Bruins team.

Montreal has struggled mightily this season scoring at even-strength, with NHL.com pointing out that "no playoff team has scored fewer goals at even strength than the Canadiens." Will the Canadiens' experienced forwards Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta awake for the playoffs? Both have years of playoff experience with the dominant New Jersey Devils teams of years past, and particularly Gionta has a tendency to play up for the playoffs.

Montreal goaltender Carey Price will be the team's number one goaltender for the series, and will be under added pressure if his offensive teammates can't find their place on the scoresheet.

Last Time They Met: According to the Boston Bruins, the Bruins and Canadiens have met in the playoffs more times than any other NHL teams -- 33 times. The Bruins swept the Canadiens in the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which was the last time they met in the playoffs.

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