Gamebreakers: Montreal Canadiens

Derrick Simpson April 29

The Montreal Canadiens will need everything they have and then some to take down the Big Bad Bruins. Here’s who they’ll need to step up the most and why:

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Brendan Gallagher

The pesky Right Winger will be responsible for attempting to throw Vezina front runner Tukka Rask off his game. The Edmonton native will to go up against Zdeno Chara and the rest of the Bruins young but strong defense corps. If Montreal can consistently beat Rask during the series, Gallagher will receive credit.

habseyesontheprize.com Gallagher's play infront of the net will be crucial for Montreal's success

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Gallagher’s play infront of the net will be crucial for Montreal’s success.

PK Subban

If the Habs’ struggling power play (15.4%) is to have any success against the Bruins dominant penalty kill (90%) they will need Subban and his dangerous shot. The 6 foot defenseman was a force with the extra man during the season, racking up 23 points on the powerplay.

mtlblog.com Subban will need to return to his 2013 Norris Trophy winning form.

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Subban will need to return to his 2013 Norris Trophy winning form.

Carey Price

Carey Price (4-0) will have to stand on his head for Montreal, especially because he will be going up against Finnish Superstar Tukka Rask. Price will certainly have to be on top of his game to shut down Boston’s strong forwards and their schorching powerplay.

 

olympic.ca Carey Price already has an Olympic gold medal. Can he add a Stanley Cup to his resume?

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Carey Price already has an Olympic gold medal. Can he add a Stanley Cup to his resume?

Key to winning 

The Canadiens will need to play a fast-paced skilled game in order to beat the Bruins. The can’t afford to get sucked in to playing Boston’s physical style.

Weakness

Montreal’s special teams will be a huge worry for Michelle Therrien. Their power play and PK struggled in the first round (15.4% and 71.4%, respectively), and the B’s have arguably the best special teams units in the league. In addition, unless Alex Galchenyuk returns from a lower body injury, the Habs will have trouble containing Boston’s forwards down low.

Like what you saw? Think another player may be more important to the Habs? Leave a comment below!

All stats are courtesy of nhl.com

Derrick Simpson, All Day Sportz

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