STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (4-1, 1.16 GAA, .961 Save %) vs. Price (4-0, 2.33 GAA, .904 Save %). In 40 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 25-15 record with a 2.03 GAA & .933 save % with four shutouts. In 34 playoff matchups Price has compiled a 13-17 record with a 2.82 GAA & .905 save % with three shutouts.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: Tonight’s game will kick off the 34th lifetime playoff series between the Bruins and Canadiens, which is the most by any two opponents in all of North American pro sports, as are their 171 lifetime games between the two rivals (including tonight). In 170 postseason games versus Montreal, the Black & Gold have accrued a 68-102 lifetime playoff record, and have been outscored by the Habs by a 511-420 margin in those contests. In 81 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 45-38 record against Montreal with a 224-216 scoring advantage on home ice.
BRUINS MEDIA AVAILABILITY: The Bruins practice plans and media availability for Friday, May 2 will be confirmed following tonight’s game.
CLIMBING THE LADDER: Milan Lucic enters tonight’s matchup two postseason appearances shy of Brad Park (89) for eighth on the team’s all-time playoff games played list, while Patrice Bergeron sits three games shy… David Krejci needs just two more goals to reach Wayne Cashman (31) for ninth on the Bruins all-time playoff goals list and is one assist short of ninth on the all-time postseason helpers list, where Ken R. Hodge currently sits with 47. Krejci is also three total points away from tying Brad Park for ninth on the all-time playoff points list (78).
STREAKING: Patrice Bergeron enters tonight’s game riding a four-game point streak, notching one goal and four assists during that span. Blueliner Dougie Hamilton rides a streak of his own, having tallied one goal and three assists in his last three games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin Rejean “Reggie” Lemelin, will serve as tonight’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 1 against Montreal.
FIRST BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON EPISODE: The Boston Bruins announced Thursday, May 1, that the team will air the first postseason episode of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NESN. The series' 14th installment will chronicle the Black & Gold's First Round defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The episode will then re-air on NESNplus on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET as part of NESN's pregame coverage before Game 3 in Montreal.
209 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, April 26, the Boston Bruins have reached 209 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller ride four game point streaks coming into this evening’s contest, with Gallagher accruing 3-2=5 totals and Eller racking up 2-3=5 totals during that span. Defenseman P.K. Subban also rides a point streak, having tallied five assists in his last three games… Brian Gionta is expected to play in his 100th career NHL postseason game tonight… Daniel Briere currently sits for tied for sixth (Sidney Crosby, PIT) on the active postseason top scorers with 111 points.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 6-for-16 (37.5%, 1st NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 18-for-20 (90.0%, 2nd NHL)… Canadiens power play: 2-for-13 (15.4%, 8th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 5-for-7 (71.4%, T-14th NHL).
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