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Bourque to play in Game 3 as Habs host Bruins on TSN 690

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TSN.ca Staff with files from The Sports Network
5/6/2014 3:57:47 PM
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Rene Bourque will play for the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Game 3 of the team's second-round series against the visiting Boston Bruins.

Bourque leads the Canadiens with four goals through six games of the playoffs but was forced to miss Monday's practice with the flu.

You can listen to the game live on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal or on TSN.ca/Montreal.

Tuesday's skate was optional with defencemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, forwards Thomas Vanek, Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais as well as goaltender Carey Price among those who elected to skip the skate.

The series shifts to Montreal after the Canadiens and Bruins split the first two games in Boston.

Facing the prospect of a two-game hole in the conference semis, the Bruins sent everything they could at Carey Price on Saturday. One shot knuckled into the ice and skipped past Price to tie the game. Barely two minutes later, Price couldn't get all the way over to stop Reilly Smith.

Smith scored the go-ahead marker during a four-goal flurry to end the third period as Boston came back to beat Montreal, 5-3, in Game 2 on Saturday after dropping Game 1 in double overtime.

The Bruins rebounded from Thursday's Game 1 loss, when P.K. Subban scored on a Montreal power play 4:17 into the second overtime, and they rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second meeting with 13 1/2 minutes to play.

"We've been a strong third period team the entire year," said Smith. "We started getting bounces. ... It ended up working out great, but it's tough when you're relying on the third period to come back."

After Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game for Montreal -- both on deflections from Subban -- Dougie Hamilton beat Price with a high wrist shot from the point at 10:56 of the third off a pass from Brad Marchand.

Just over three minutes later, Patrice Bergeron picked a loose puck off the wall, and his harmless shot from the right boards looked like it had little chance of going into until it took that funky hop next to defenseman Francis Bouillon and several feet in front of Price, going in over his shoulder.

Smith's winner with 3:32 left came after a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug was tipped by Brendan Gallagher, slowing it down before it reached Smith in the right circle for his near-side wrist shot.

"They poured it on at the end of the game," said Price. "I thought they got pretty lucky. They were playing desperate ... and they found a way to put it in the net."

Milan Lucic added an empty-netter and Daniel Paille scored earlier for the top-seeded Bruins.

Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for Boston, which also lost Game 1 to Detroit in the first round, then won the next four to advance to the second round for the fifth time in six years. The Bruins, Stanley Cup winners in 2011, made it to the Cup Finals for the second time in three seasons last spring before bowing out to Chicago in six games.

Mike Weaver had a goal for Montreal and Price gave up four on 34 shots. He had 25 saves on 26 shots in the first two periods.

"I thought we put ourselves in a position where we thought we could take the win," said Subban. "But it's very tough to go into an opponent's building and steal two games in the playoffs. It's not an easy thing to do. And unless you play a full 60 (minutes) you're not going to be able to do it. We didn't play a full 60 today."

The Original Six rivals are meeting in the playoffs for the 34th time. The Canadiens are 24-9 in the previous 33 series, but the Bruins have won the last two in 2008 and 2011.

Game 4 is set for Thursday in Montreal. The Bruins and Habs split two meetings at the Bell Centre during the 2013-14 regular season, but Boston has claimed four of the past six road encounters in this series.

Canadiens Projected Game 3 lines vs. Bruins

Forwards:
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Vanek
Bournival - Plekanec - Gallagher
Bourque - Eller - Gionta
Moen - Brière - Weise

Defence:
Markov - Emelin
Gorges - Subban
Murray - Weaver

Goalies:
Price
Budaj

Rene Bourque (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)

Canadiens Game 3 lines vs. Bruins

Forwards:

Pacioretty - Desharnais - Vanek
Bournival - Plekanec - Gallagher
Bourque - Eller - Gionta
Moen - Brière - Weise

Defence:
Markov - Emelin
Gorges - Subban
Murray - Weaver

Goalies:
Price
Budaj

Game 3 Notes - Series tied 1-1

Bruins at Canadiens - Tuesday 7PM

Teams split 2 games in MTL this season, MTL 0/7 on PP, BOS 0/4
BOS has outshot MTL in both games (86-61 total)
both teams 4-0 in playoffs when scoring first
Series PP: MTL 4/9, BOS 0/5
MTL:
2-0 at home in playoffs, 1/7 on PP
4 of their playoff games decided by 1G (another one 2G with empty net)
5/11 on PP last 3 games
10-3-1 past 14 home games (reg+post), 3 shutouts in that span
Subban (2G, 2A) in series, had 1A in 4GP vs BOS in reg season
Price 14-8-2 in his career at home vs BOS, 2.22GAA, .924sv%
BOS:
2-0 on the road in playoffs, 2GA, 6/7 on PK
5-2 past 7 road playoff games (back to 2013), 20/21 on PK
6/21 on PP, 28.6% T-1st in playoffs
12 straight, game 3 wins, last 2 by
Rask (3-5-0) in his career in MTL, 1.94GAA, .932sv%
Rask 8-4 past 12 road playoff games, 1.62GAA, .948sv%
Bergeron (2G, 6A) 6 game PT streak

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