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Game #22 - Habs vs Bruins, March 3rd/13 - NBCSN, RDS, TSN-HABS

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NBCSN, RDS, TSN-HABS.....Habs, Bruins meet with first place on the line


The Montreal Canadiens have notched a point in 10 straight games, while the Boston Bruins are riding a season-long six-game winning streak. It's no surprise then that the two clubs share the top spot in the Northeast Division, but one team will grab sole possession on Sunday night.

Last 10: Montreal 7-0-3; Boston 8-1-1.

Season series: This is the second of four meetings. Boston earned a 2-1 victory against Montreal on Feb. 6 at the Bell Centre.

Big story: One of the best rivalries in all of sports resumes Sunday night, and first place in the Eastern Conference will be on the line. The Canadiens and Bruins are currently tied for first in the East with 30 points apiece.

Team scope:

Canadiens: In a highly-entertaining, seesaw affair Saturday night, the Canadiens dropped a 7-6 overtime decision on home ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian Gionta scored twice for Montreal, but Carey Price stopped just 29 of 36 shots in a game that saw both teams provided with too much time and space.

"The best thing I can say about this game is that we came back and got a point," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after his team got a point for the 10th straight game (7-0-3), their longest such streak since late in the 1993-94 season. "This was a great game for the fans -- but this is the reason why coaches get gray hair."

Bruins: Boston enters Sundays action riding a six-game winning streak. The Bruins continued their torrid pace Saturday afternoon at TD Garden, when they earned a 3-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand all scored for Boston, while Anton Khudobin made 20 saves in a rare start.

Marchand leads the Bruins with 11 goals including four game-winners.

"Those are the goals you want to get, the important ones," Marchand said. "Again, it's at the right time. I think one I scored in the second period. That's how it goes sometimes. I don't look too much into it. It's just continue to do the little things right and hopefully the goals come."

Whos hot: Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty has five goals in his past five contests. Marchand has three goals and two assists in the past five games.

Injury report: The Canadiens are missing Raphael Diaz and Rene Bourque due to concussions, along with Petteri Nokelainen (lower body).

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Super GDT FH10!!

Budaj starting tonight. The Habs need to rebound from the Pens game and everybody needs to put in a solid effort.

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It's also the return of forward Michael Ryder for the first time since he won the 2011 Stanley Cup with the Bruins and then left for Dallas as a free agent. Ryder, acquired by the Canadiens last week, didn't play in Boston last season.

Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly combined with Ryder to provide the Bruins with a formidable third line for most of the club's Cup run.

"He's one of those guys that he skates down the wing and tells you where he's shooting and still scores," Peverley said.

The Bruins held an optional skate and coach Claude Julien said he would make some lineup decisions after the pregame warm-up. Saturday against Tampa Bay, Julien scratched veteran Shawn Thornton for the first time this season in favor of Jay Pandolfo.

The Canadiens did not skate as a team after flying in after their 7-6 overtime home win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Canadiens:


Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin

Daniel Paille - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley

Jay Pandolfo - Gregory Campbell - Chris Bourque

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Shawn Thornton, Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid


Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher

Brandon Prust - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Alex Galchenyuk - Lars Eller - Michael Ryder

Travis Moen - Ryan White - Colby Armstrong

Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin

Francis Bouillon - Josh Gorges

Tomas Kaberle - P.K. Subban

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Gabriel Dumont, Yannick Weber

Injured: Rene Bourque, Petteri Nokelainen, Raphael Diaz


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Interesting game stat from Dave Stubbs,,,,Habs are 7-1-1 in games that there was at least 1 fight.

That can't be right. The Habs have played way more than 9 games in their history. :rolleyes:

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Interesting game stat from Dave Stubbs,,,,Habs are 7-1-1 in games that there was at least 1 fight.

Booins not Habs:

Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs

From #Bruins side of tonight's Boston-#Habs game notes: Bruins 7-1-1 this season in games in which they have had at least one fight

And that means they're a much different 7-1-1 when there's no fight :lol:

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I'd by lying if I said I'm hopeful about this one... :(

Now,stop right there.... Montreal_Canadiens_Coach_Michel_Therrien

I know this team...........67967_10151495769447244_1464882483_n_zps

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Thanks folks for your kind words on the GDT... B) ....lets all enjoy this game tonight GO_HABS_GO_zpsa021b1a8.gif

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Just about game time..........................................drop-the-puck-inc.jpg

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Great GDT, FH10!

Tks ;) ..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..GO BUDAJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ

no price :(

I have a feeling there are going to be a couple fights tonight. :wacko:

prust :rolleyes:

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