NHL Playoffs 2014: Round 2 – Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens

SERIES BEGINS: May 1

PUCK DROP: 7:30 EST

BY THE NUMBERS

BOSTON MONTREAL
WON LAST ROUND IN… 5 games 4 games
GOALS FOR/AGAINST

(DIFFERENTIAL)

14 / 6

(+8)

 16 / 10

(+6)

TOP POINT SCORER

 

 5 PTS

(P. BERGERON & T. KRUG)

 

5 PTS

(B. GALLAGHER, L. ELLER

& PK SUBBAN)

TOP GOAL SCORER

 

 

 3 G

(M. LUCIC)

 

3 G

(B. GALLAGHER &

R. BOURQUE)

MOST TOI/G

 

25:09

(Z. CHARA)

27:09

(A. MARKOV)

TOTAL 5v5 SV% 94.0% 93.0%

BOSTON BRUINS ROUND 1 LOWDOWN:

Boston’s first round against Detroit was a 5 game full-on attack by Boston. The Bruins seemed to have the Red Wings in hand for most of the series. Following a game 1 loss in Boston, the Bruins took advantage of their physical edge to hold the Wings to only 5 goals in the last 4 games.

Detroit played most of the series without Henrik Zetterberg, who wasn’t much help when he returned in game 4. With a limping Pavel Datsyuk and having Gustav Nyquist held scoreless, Detroit just couldn’t get any momentum. They spent the series constantly on the chase and having Boston take any small crack in their game and turn it into an opportunity to score.

BOSTON BRUINS PLAYER TO WATCH:

Tuukka Rask – The Boston goalie is going to have steel himself for the physicality of a Canadiens team not afraid to, in fact loves to, take it hard to the net.

MONTREAL CANADIENS ROUND 1 LOWDOWN:  

The Canadiens used all of Tampa’s immaturity in playoff hockey to sweep them out of the chase. While their series saw more red lights at both ends than the Bruins, Montreal played tight hockey.

A team used to being in the box, the Canadiens were the better behaved of the two teams with 12 penalties to the Lightening’s 15. They were also the most focused, keeping turnovers low and wringing the most out of the Tampa’s 40+ puck handling mistakes.

Montreal’s goal scorers were in top form keeping them in the lead for all but 4 minutes of the series. Max Pacorietty was by far the most exciting scorer taking his sweet time to get his first playoff goal and the series winner with less than 43 seconds left to play.

MONTREAL CANADIENS PLAYER TO WATCH:

P.K. Subban – Look for Subban to put his ability to harass and provoke to be in overdrive. The Bruins like to play a physical game and Subban will be happy to oblige.

PREDICTION:

Anyone who even casually follows hockey knows this series is going to be an alley brawl. These are two of the most vicious teams in the league who have a history of not being ‘nice’ to each other. They are both going to be leaning on their goal tenders to save them from any mistakes since both are able to capitalize on small errors.

You’re going to see the usual residents in the box, but likely for harder penalties than their previous series. The officials are going to have their hands full from the first pick drop. Expect them to have an impact on the outcome of this series by how they handle doling out minutes.

Gotta give the win to Boston, though Montreal is going to leave them with a definite limp for round 3. However, it’s within the Canadiens reach to knock off the Bruins if they can play smarter and keep their cool under pressure.

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