Canadiens look to close out series

Holding a 3-1 lead, the Canadiens will look to wrap up their first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins tonight at the Bell Centre.

The Habs had a late practice on Wednesday and although Guy Carbonneau wouldn’t confirm anything, The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky was first to report that captain Saku Koivu was back on skates for the first time since suffering a broken bone in his foot last month.

While he won’t play on Thursday, it is a positive sign for the team, who can also count on the imminent return of Francis Bouillon, sidelined by a bruised ankle.

Here’s a look at what’s being said about Thursday’s game:

• Dave Stubbs: Hitman Bégin has Bruins running for their lives
• Pat Hickey: Bruins keep Chara’s ribs under wraps
• Hickey: Bruins need to trigger more rebounds
• Mike Boone: Morale booster at Bell lifts players to a special high
• The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky: Cool under fire
• Zurkowsky: Canadiens wary of Bruins’ comeback
• The Gazette’s Bill Brownstein: Three little words break linguistic ice
• The Gazette’s Alan Hustak: Now that’s fan loyalty
• Journal de Montréal coverage en français
• La Presse coverage en français
• Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe: Bruins lament missed chances
• Shinzawa: Bruins struggling on the power play
• Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Bs’ follow lead of Habs
• Conroy: Power outage a big problem
• Stephen Harris, Boston Herald: Despite long odds, there’s reason for hope

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