For the ninth time in NHL history, the Canadiens and Bruins will square off in Game 7 of a playoff series Wednesday night in Boston (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Heading into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Canadiens had beaten the Bruins in five of the previous eight Game 7 showdowns between the teams. The winner of Wednesday night’s game advances to face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.
“It’s going to be great,” defenceman P.K. Subban told reporters on the eve of Game 7. “I can’t wait for the crowd, the noise, the energy in the building. I can’t wait to take that all away from them.”
The Canadiens held an optional morning skate Wednesday in Boston. Carey Price, Alexei Emelin and Subban elected to skip the skate. Alex Galchenyuk, still recovering from a lower-body injury, skated while wearing a no-contact jersey.
“It’s exciting right now,” Brendan Gallagher told reporters after the skate. “You grow up, you watch those Game 7s. You see the intensity and the emotion in the players’ faces. And to be a part of that tonight is going to be pretty cool.”
Added Josh Gorges: “Any time you get to a Game 7, the excitement of it never goes away. It’s a game you want to be in. You want to be playing this game. You want to be a guy that contributes and helps the team get this win.
“We’re excited as a group about the challenge tonight. It’s going to be a hard-fought game and it’s going to take everything we’ve got from every player we’ve got in this room.”
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