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.
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.
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