The Boston Bruins will go for their fourth straight win and the series victory when they take on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Bell Centre Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET, NESN).
After dropping the first two games at home, the Bruins rebounds with two wins in Montreal in Games 3 and 4, and then scored a double-overtime winner in Game 5 in Boston (their second OT win in as many games) when Nathan Horton slammed home a rebound.
"I saw the rebound come out, it was like it's in slow motion," said Horton. "It was just sitting there. It felt good to put that in the net. That was an exciting game to be a part of tonight."
The Canadiens were 24-11-6 at home in the regular season, but the Bruins were a great road team, going 24-12-5 away from the TD Garden. Tuesday night, Boston will try to ensure this series does not go back home, and earn their first ever series win after trailing 2-0. So what's changed that allowed the B's to win the past three games? From Stanley Cup of Chowder:
The biggest change from the first two games to now is how the Bruins have dramatically cut down on giveaways. Montreal's gameplan in the first two games was to let Boston make mistakes, and counterattack. They had an obscene 14 giveaways in game 1. On Saturday, in 50% more gametime, they had 10. The Bruins have tightened up, and have outscored the Habs 11-7 in the last three games.
This is the 33rd playoff series between these two Original Six rivals. It is the most two teams have faced off in the playoffs and Montreal has won 24 of them. However, Boston has claimed five of the previous eight.