Game #55

Canadiens vs. Boston

TD Garden – Feb.9/2011-7.05pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 54 GP (30-19-5) 65pts. Boston 54G – (30-16-7) 67pts. 3rd in Eastern Conference-First in Northeast.

Vs. Northeast Division – Canadiens (11-3-1). Ottawa (6-5-3)

Goals For/Goals Against – Montreal – GF 139/GA 131 plus-8. Boston – GF 161/GA119 plus-42.

Recently – Montreal lost to New Jersey at home 4-1 on Sunday. They have won three of their last four. Bruins were shutout by San Jose 2-0 on Saturday. Have won three of last four.

Season Series – Fourth game of six – Canadiens have won first three games. Nov.11/2010 @Boston Montreal-3 Boston-1 Price-34 saves. Tuuka Rask in goal for Boston. Gionta scores game winning 29 seconds into third period. Subban and Gomez also scored. For Subban the first career regular season goal. Chara for Boston. Dec.16/2010 @Bell Centre Canadiens-4 Boston-3. Cammalleri (on a penalty shot) and Lapierre make it 2-0 in firfst 6:24. Pacioretty and Gionta also scored. Pacioretty also with an assist in his second game since he was called up. Gomez 2 assists. Subban hits Brad Marchand with big open-ice check. Tim Thomas against Carey Price. Jan.8/2011 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Boston-2 (overtime). Pacioretty scores at 3:43 of overtime. Canadiens trailed 2-0 with 2:22 left in regulation. Gomez scored on a power play to make it 2-1 and Gionta tied the game with the goaltender out at 19:12. Pacioretty also with an assist.

Goaltending – Montreal Carey Price – GS 47 (26-17-5) 2.32 GAA/.922 save%. (vs. Boston this season (3-0-0) 1.97GAA save% .941) Boston – Tim Thomas – GS 37 (25-6-6) 1.80GAA save% .945. (vs. Canadiens this season (0-1-1) 3.41GAA .916 save%)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road – (12-12-1) Bruins at home (14-10-3)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens rank 12th – 18.2% (35/192) Boston – 20th – 16.8% (31/184). Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 5th – 84.6% (26/169) Boston – rank 7th – 84.6% (26/189)

Team Record When They….

Score the First Goal – Canadiens (20-4-3) Boston (21-2-3)

Are Scored Upon First – Canadiens (10-15-2) Boston (9-14-4)

Lead at End of First Period – Canadiens (14-2-2) Boston (21-2-3)

Trail at End of First Period – Canadiens (4-13-1) Boston (9-14-4)

Who’s Hot – Montreal – P.K. Subban 1 goal 3 assists last three games. Brian Gionta 3 goals last four games. Boston – Patrice Bergeron has eight points in his last six games, and scored twice against Montreal on Jan. 8. Lifetime he has 11 goals and 16 assists vs. the Canadiens.

Injuries – Canadiens – LW-Michael Cammalleri (IR-shoulder separation); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery). Boston – C-Patrice Bergeron (questionable-jaw); C-Marc Savard (IR-concussion); LW-Daniel Paille (2nd game-four game suspension); C-Trent Whitfield (IR-achilles surgery)

Notes – On January first the Canadiens trailed the Bruins by three points and Boston held two games in hand. Going into this game the Canadiens trail them by 2 points and the Bruins hold one game in hand.

The Canadiens have won four straight in Boston including a sweep of the 2009-2010 season series. They are 8-1-2 in the last nine games in Boston..

On the power play the Canadiens are 0-for-22 over the last five games. They have scored three times on ten opportunities vs.  Boston this season .

What does it mean?  Canadiens only have 15 fighting majors this season. The Bruins have had 16 since New Year’s Day.

Since January first – Canadiens in 14 games is 9-3-2 = 20 points.   Boston in 17 games   10-5-2 = 22 points