The Boston Bruins have led the Montreal Canadiens for a cumulative 11 minutes and 39 seconds through two games in the NHL’s Atlantic Division Final. Conversely, the Habs have led on three occasions for an aggregate 56:54.
Yet an outburst that saw the Bruins morph a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 triumph within 9:04 has altered the makeup of the series.
Saturday afternoon’s turnaround has drawn a 1-1 knot for the contesting parties to pack on their journey north of the border.
Besides coming home, the good news for the Canadiens is that they have a rare three-day gap between Games 2 and 3. The bonus off-night lessens the likelihood of residual momentum sticking for the Bruins at the Bell Centre by Tuesday’s faceoff.
Game 2 did, however, generate and accelerate a few talking points worth carrying over as the series switches venues. The change of scenery itself lends a few stand-alone keys to the matchup as well.
The upper hand in the best-of-seven bout is up for grabs for the time-honored rivals.
Before they pursue that on Tuesday night, here is the latest grab bag of three keys for each team.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com