Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Game 7: Keys for Each Team

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Game 7: Keys for Each Team
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The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have had a turn shutting each other out. They have pilfered one game from each other’s mansion. They have claimed one overtime decision apiece.

Those 50-50 splits have permeated the formula of a two-week tug-of-war that is destined to reach its maximum length. Continental hockey buffs will get what they had every right to expect in the form of a Game 7 on Wednesday night.

After Boston bumped Montreal to the brink of elimination with arguably its best effort of the series, the Habs countered with their best performance. Per The Gazette reporter Pat Hickey, first-line forward Max Pacioretty said as much afterward.

A 4-0 whitewash at the Bell Centre on Monday has both parties returning to New England to settle the NHL’s Atlantic Division final.

Being the definitive seesaw series that it is, this best-of-seven bout has displayed the best and the less-than-ideal of both teams and several individuals. With maximum and matching stakes sitting before both parties, here is what needs to happen to ensure a victorious outcome from each team.

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