The Boston Bruins proved Saturday that they are capable of taking and keeping a lead in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. For the first time the 2014 NHL Atlantic Division final, they scored first and never gave up an equalizer, pacing themselves to a 4-2 victory.
With that Game 5 triumph, the top-seeded Bruins have their first lead of the series with a 3-2 edge. Their next challenge will be to retain that lead and dislodge the Habs from the playoff bracket Monday night.
Montreal, however, technically has yet to trail on home ice in this postseason. The only time the Canadiens have fallen behind at the Bell Centre in the last month was this past Thursday. That was when Boston’s Matt Fraser scored in overtime, meaning there was no chance to tie the score after conceding the initial lead.
Can the Bruins smuggle their momentum across the border or will the Habs spin their symbiotic cycle with their home masses?
Here are three keys for each team to ensure their half of that question comes to fruition.
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