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1 Thursday, April 16, 7pm et Canadiens 2, Bruins 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Saturday, April 18, 8pm et Canadiens 1, Bruins 5 Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Monday, April 20, 7pm et Bruins 4, Canadiens 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Wednesday, April 22, 7pm et Bruins 4, Canadiens 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
Bruins win series 4-0
* If Necessary

BOSTON BRUINS

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Regular Season Record: 53-19-10, 116 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 5-0-1
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1972
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1990
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Mark Recchi (2), Stephane Yelle (2), Aaron Ward (3), Shawn Thornton

A reason to cheer for the Bruins: The Bruins have been a terrific story all year - sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings for the better part of the season and reaching the 100-point plateau for the 18th time in franchise history. The last time Boston hit the century mark was in 2003-04, when they accumulated 104 points.
What They Bring To The Table: The Bruins opened the 2008-09 campaign as the NHL's top team for the first 50 games and were on course to set a franchise record for points in a season until the club struggled in March. But they finished strong enough to take the conference title and get home ice advantage in the first round. With a 29-6-6 record at home this season, only the Western Conference powerhouse San Jose Sharks had a better home record. Goaltending shouldn't be an issue for the Bruins, as long as Tim Thomas can stay consistent. The Vezina Trophy favourite finished the regular season with a league-best 2.10 goals against average and had the best save percentage in the NHL (.933). Up front, centre Marc Savard led the team in scoring and ranked ninth in the NHL with 88 points. He finished the season on a tear, putting up nine points in the final nine games. Forward David Krejci finished the season with the league's best plus-minus (plus-37), while rookie forward Blake Wheeler finished the season with the league's second-best (plus-36). Defenceman Dennis Wideman finished sixth (plus-32).


MONTREAL CANADIENS

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Regular Season Record: 41-30-11, 93 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 1-4-1
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1993
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1993
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Alex Kovalev (1), Alex Tanguay (1), Mathieu Schneider (1), Patrice Brisebois (1), Mathieu Dandenault (3)

A reason to cheer for the Canadiens: With the Centennial celebration in full swing, no birthday gift would be sweeter to the organization than their 25th Stanley Cup. And with all the circus-type controversy this team has endured over the last few months, a championship would also be the perfect cure for everything that has ailed Canadiens fans.
What They Bring To The Table: Alex Kovalev struggled for a long stretch of the season, but the streaky star found his game again after being lined up with Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay. The trio quickly became the NHL's hottest line as they powered the Canadiens to an impressive run in the final stretch. While the tandem of Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse also made a big impact, the club is waiting for Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec to show that same sort of production on the score sheet. In goal, Carey Price had an up-and-down season and spent some time on IR with an ankle injury. While Jaroslav Halak filled in well for him, both netminders will need to elevate their game in the postseason. With Andrei Markov out of the lineup and Mathieu Schneider fighting off an injury, the Habs lack a healthy power play quarterback who can make that much needed first pass out of their own zone. Mike Komisarek, Josh Gorges and Roman Hamrlik aren't the same type of players and will have to keep the plays as simple as possible at both ends of the ice.


 

Statistical keys to the series

- Boston ranked fourth in the league on the power play, with a 23.6% success rate. Montreal ranked 13th at 19.2%.

- Boston ranked 12th in the league in penalty killing, with an 82.4% success rate. Montreal ranked 11th at 82.4%.

- Milan Lucic (262), Zdeno Chara (169) and Aaron Ward (151) are the Bruins' leading hitters.

- Mike Komisarek (191), Tom Kostopoulos (167) and Guillaume Latendresse (140) are the Canadiens' leading hitters.

- Patrice Bergeron is the Bruins' top face-off man -- 54.5%.

- Saku Koivu is the Canadiens' top face-off man -- 54.1%.

- Boston's Marc Savard ranked sixth in the league with 63 assists.

- Boston's Marc Savard tied for ninth in the league with 88 points.

- Boston's David Krejci and Blake Wheeler ranked first and second in the league at plus-37 and plus-36, respectively. Dennis Wideman ranked sixth at plus-32.

- Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with six points in six games against the Canadiens this year.

- Andrei Markov led the Canadiens with four points in five games against the Bruins this year.

- Boston's leaders in power play ice time (per game):
Zdeno Chara 3:46
Marc Savard 3:42
Mark Recchi 3:16*
Dennis Wideman 3:13
Michael Ryder 3:05
Patrice Bergeron 3:04
* Recchi's totals include time with Tampa Bay.

- Montreal's leaders in power play ice time (per game):
Andrei Markov 5:09
Alex Kovalev 4:13
Alex Tanguay 3:44
Mathieu Schneider 3:39*
Saku Koivu 3:35
Andrei Kostitsyn 3:04
* Schneider's totals include time with Atlanta.

- Boston's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game):
Zdeno Chara 3:21
Dennis Wideman 2:50
P.J. Axelsson 2:30
Andrew Ference 2:24
Patrice Bergeron 2:19
Aaron Ward 2:16

- Montreal's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game):
Michael Komisarek 3:24
Andrei Markov 3:10
Josh Gorges 2:55
Roman Hamrlik 2:49
Glen Metropolit 2:11 *
Christopher Higgins 2:08
* Metropolit's totals include time with Philadelphia.

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