Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bruins Hold Edge in Game 7 Experience but Canadiens Say They Are Ready

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bruins Hold Edge in Game 7 Experience but Canadiens Say They Are Ready

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Therrien says Canadiens ready for Game 7


BOSTON - It is Michel Therrien's first Game 7 as an NHL coach, compared to No. 10 for Boston's Claude Julien. But as the Canadiens coach pointed out, he has been here before.

"For us, Game 6 in Montreal was the same thing," Therrien said of the Habs' 4-0 do-or-die win, which forced Game 7 Wednesday night at the TD Garden. "It's a matter of attitude and I believe we had the right frame of mind and right mindset for Game 6. The attitude was there.

"And I saw a bunch of guys (Tuesday) with the same attitude. This morning again. So we're all excited about that challenge. It was a huge challenge for us back home and it's another huge challenge for us tonight."

Julien, who ties Mike Keenan for the most Game 7s in NHL history among head coaches, was equally excited after the morning skate.

"I was ready to play last night and I was excited watching the other games on TV," said the Bruins coach, who is 5-4 in his previous nine Games 7s. "I wish it was an afternoon game versus a night game.

"It's the excitement of wanting to play those (games). It depends on how you approach it. I'm excited about it. I don't know if having been through a lot of Game 7s is a compliment. But we've been through a lot of them and hopefully we can take advantage of it."

The winner will host the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.

Both the Bruins and Canadiens will be looking for a fast start. The team that scores first in Game 7 is 113-40 (.739) all-time, not to mention all six previous games in this series.

Boston has a clear edge in Game 7 experience. The Bruins have played in a combined total of 89 Game 7s, compared to 38 for Montreal.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be appearing in his 11th Game 7, passing Martin Brodeur, Andrew Ference and Scott Gomez (10) for the most among active players

"Asked about his favourite Game 7 memory, the 37-year-old Chara smiled and replied: "Every one that we win."

Ask Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher about his last Game 7 and the 22-year-old forward reaches back to junior hockey for a double-overtime Vancouver Giants win over the Spokane Chiefs.

The Habs will look to their leaders, with goalie Carey Price and defenceman P. …

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