NHL Playoffs 2011: Bruins, Canadiens Battle In Game Two Of Quarterfinals

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Saturday night, with the Boston Bruins hosting the rival Montreal Canadiens in game two of their quarterfinal series at 7 p.m. EDT at TD Garden (TV/Radio: NESN/WBZ-FM).

Matchup: The third seeded Boston Bruins look to even the series at one game against the sixth-seeded Montreal Canadiens. Montreal leads the series, 1-0.

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 7:00 p.m. EDT

Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA (17,565 capacity). Commonly known as the Boston Garden, TD Garden serves as the home of the Boston Bruins, the 17-time NBA champion Boston Celtics and the NLL's Boston Blazers.

Broadcast Information: Saturday night's game can be viewed on New England Sports Network (NESN), with Jack Edwards serving as the play-by-play announcer and Andy Brickley provided color commentary. Naoko Funayama will serve as the sideline reporter. The game can also be heard on WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Gosher and Bob Beers calling the action.

Goaltenders: Tim Thomas is in net for the Bruins while Carey Price is between the pipes for the Canadiens.

Postseason Series History: The Bruins and Canadiens have met in the playoffs 33 times, more than any other teams in NHL history. Unfortunately, the Habs hold an overwhelming advantage in those meetings, winning 24 series against Boston in the playoffs.

The Lowdown (via Sports Network):

The third-seeded Boston Bruins will try to solve Carey Price and avoid falling in an 0-2 series hole when they host the Montreal Canadiens tonight for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden.

The Bruins entered the first round as Northeast Division champions, but were dealt a shutout loss by Price and the visiting Canadiens on Thursday. Montreal, which finished seven points behind Boston in the division standings, will try to grab a two games to none lead tonight before the series shifts to Quebec for the next two meetings.

Price stopped 31 shots for the third shutout of his playoff career and Brian Gionta scored both goals for the sixth-seeded Habs in the 2-0 win at TD Garden. Scott Gomez notched the lone assist on each of Gionta's tallies.

Meanwhile, Vezina Trophy candidate Tim Thomas made just 18 saves for the Bruins, who are hoping to erase the memory of last year's loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in the conference semifinals. The Bruins became just the third team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 lead to lose a best-of-seven series.    

Predicted Series Outcome (via Sports Network): Bruins win the series in six games.

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