Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Game 5: Keys for Each Team

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Game 5: Keys for Each Team
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Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien has a 1-0 lifetime record in postseason Game 5s against the Boston Bruins. He guided another group of Habs to a series tiebreaker at what was then known as the FleetCenter during a previous stint in 2002.

Counterpart Claude Julien has led his pupils to victory in every Bruins-Habs Game 5 of his career. Those were with Montreal in 2004 and his current club in 2008 and 2011.

Something will have to give Saturday at the TD Garden, where one rival will nudge the other to the brink of elimination.

The Bruins restored home-ice advantage with Thursday’s 1-0 overtime win north of the border but have yet to lead this series. The Canadiens have yet to trail any series in the 2014 NHL playoffs and hold identical 3-1 home and road records.

With the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Final reduced to a virtual best-of-three series, here are three items to watch for from each party.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via NHL.com

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