One of those trends will trip up Thursday night in Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Final at the Bell Centre.
After subsisting on an initial 3-0 lead for a 4-2 triumph in Game 3, the Habs seek a stranglehold on the regular-season champion Bruins. After battling back to keep that game competitive before an empty-net dagger, Boston will look to impose a sound 60-minute effort.
Each of the first three games has seen Montreal start more favorably before Boston perks up in the latter half of regulation. Those are some basic half-full habits that each party will want to mend as the more decisive phases of the series approach.
Other items to watch for on each side Thursday night are as follows.
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