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NHL Game Day Preview: Can the Bruins even up series with Canadiens?

The home team has lost every game so far in the Boston-Montreal series. (Getty Images)

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The home team has lost every game so far in the Boston-Montreal series. (Getty Images)

BOSTON BRUINS AT MONTREAL CANADIENS

Game 1: 2-0 Canadiens

Game 2: 3-1 Canadiens

Game 3: 4-2 Bruins

Game 4:
7:00 Thursday

Notes: Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton are the only Bruins with more than one point in this series… Brian Gionta is the only player with two goals in this series… The Bruins are the only playoff team that has yet to score a power play marker (11 opportunities)… The Bruins spent their off day practicing in Lake Placid… /carey Price’s GAA is more than a goal lower than Tim Thomas’ this series… Tomas Plekanec leads the series with 11 shots on net; he has one goal… Mark Recchi is two goals behind Mike Modano for the active leader in playoff markers… Tomas Kaberle played 16:08 in Game 3, the first time he was held below 17:00 with Boston and only the second time he was below that mark this season.

Quote worthy:
“Bergeron’s tough. I don’t think I won a faceoff against him. I have a tough time with the righties. I’m starting to figure out Krejci and Campbell’s the only leftie and I think I won most of them against him.” – Montreal center Lars Eller on faceoffs.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES (our total game night star points in parenthesis)
1. Carey Price (5)
2. Mike Cammalleri (3)
3. Brian Gionta (3)

What they’re saying in Boston: Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe writes the Bruins must get their power play rolling.

What they’re saying in Montreal:
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette writes Jeff Halpern is itching to get into the lineup and get out of the first round for the first time in his career.

Poll: Who will win Game 4?

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Game 1: 2-0 Canucks

Game 2: 4-3 Canucks

Game 3: 3-2 Canucks

Game 4: 7-2 Blackhawks

Game 5: 10:00 Thursday

Notes: Dave Bolland returned to the lineup for Game 4 and notched four points; he’s now tied for his team lead in points and holds the best plus-minus… Roberto Luongo allowed six goals on 28 shots in Game 4 when he was pulled… Daniel and Henrik Sedin were a combined minus-7 in Game 4… Ryan Kesler is the only Canuck with a plus-minus rating better than plus-1; Chicago has three players with a better rating… Kesler’s 19 shots are the most in the series, but he hasn’t scored a goal… Vancouver had the best power play in the regular season and sit atop the league in that category in the post-season (40 percent)… The Canucks and Hawks sit second and fourth in playoff hits… Chicago has fallen behind 3-0 in a series 17 times and have ever extended it to a sixth game.

Quote worthy: "They looked hungry. Sometimes it's good to go through things like this. It humbles us, puts us back in our place.'' – Vancouver’s Raffi Torres on his team’s 7-2 loss in Game 4.

THN’s STARS OF THE SEIRES
1. Ryan Kesler (5)
2. Roberto Luongo (5)
3. Dave Bolland/Daniel Sedin (3)

What they’re saying in Vancouver: Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province writes the Canucks don’t consider one loss to be a big deal.

What they’re saying in Chicago:
Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune writes the Hawks have finally figured out the right formula to win in this year’s playoffs.

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Poll: Who will win Game 5?

SAN JOSE SHARKS AT LOS ANGELES KINGS

Game 1: 3-2 Sharks (OT)

Game 2: 4-0 Kings

Game 3: 6-5 Sharks (OT)

Game 4: 10:30 Thursday

Notes: After allowing four goals on 10 shots and being pulled in Game 3, Antti Niemi is expected to start in Game 4 for San Jose… The Kings had zero shots in overtime in Game 3… Kyle Clifford was with the Ontario League’s Barrie Colts last year, but he has three points in three games with the Kings in these playoffs… Drew Doughty leads the Kings with four points, which he got all in one game… Alex Ponikarovsky is the only Kings forward who has played every game this series to not score a point… Dustin Brown’s 23 hits lead the series and is second-best in the NHL playoffs.

Quote worthy:
"Our group, we're going to feel pretty good about ourselves because of the comeback. As a coaching staff, we have to remind them that there were 21 minutes played early in the game when we weren't very good. There'll be a balance between good and bad.” – San Jose coach Todd McLellan on his team’s comeback in Game 3.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Jonathan Quick (4)
2. Antti Niemi (3)
3. Drew Doughty/Dan Boyle (3)

What they’re saying in San Jose: David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News writes expect to see Antti Niemi return between the pipes for Game 4.

What they’re saying in Los Angeles: Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News writes the exciting Kings deserve royal treatment in the city.

Poll: Who will win Game 4?

THN Puck Panel: Game Day Preview


PRODUCER: Ted Cooper

 

The NHL Game Day Preview will appear each day throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs to prepare you for the action ahead.

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