Bruins vs. Canadiens game 4 gets underway at 7:30 P.M. tonight and you can catch the action streaming online live by clicking on the link at the bottom of this preview article. Montreal is riding a hot streak by P.K. Subban and has taken a 2-1 lead in the Canadiens vs. Bruins series, but there’s plenty of hockey left to play between these two Original 6 rivals.
Subban has scored two points in each of the Bruins vs. Canadiens series’ three games so far, giving him a total of 11 points over the course of seven playoff games in the 2014 NHL playoffs. Like most of the better hockey players, the Canadiens’ defenseman deflects credit for his accomplishments to his teammates.
An AP report quotes him saying:
“I’m just the beneficiary of the guys playing well around me, supporting me. It starts in goal. Well, it actually starts with our coaching staff and making sure everybody is feeling confident. We’re doing it together. When we had adversity, we’re sticking together doing the right things. It’s fun to play on teams where you know guys are going to support you.”
The Montreal Canadiens are the only team representing Canada in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Habs have won more Stanley Cups than any other NHL franchise with 24 (in second and third are the Toronto Maple Leafs with 13 and the Detroit Red Wings – who made it to their 23rd straight NHL playoffs this year – with 11), but they’re currently on the franchise’s longest Stanley Cup drought at 21 years. The Canadiens last lifted the Cup in 1993 – the last time any team from Canada has won the NHL championship (though Canadian teams have played in the Stanley Cup finals five times since then).
The Boston Bruins – who have the fourth most Stanley Cup championships with six, most recently in 2011 – have been dominant in recent years. The Bruins were defeated in last year’s Stanley Cup finals in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks, who look to be strong contenders to defend their championship this year. Last year’s Bruins vs. Blackhawks Stanley Cup finals was the first year to feature two Original 6 teams in the finals since 1979, when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers in five games.
Look for the Boston Bruins to come out strong tonight. As a Yahoo! Sports report quotes Boston coach Claude Julien:
“We’re a group that’s confident, but we have guys now that are frustrated. They know they have to be better and they will be better. It’s a 2-1 series. It’s not the end of the world here. We’ve just got to battle back. There’s no reason to panic. We haven’t in the past and we’re not about to panic now.”
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