History on Habs' side

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:44 PM ET


 SEASON SERIES:

  3-0-1-2 for the Bruins, who didn't lose a game in regulation to the Habs this season.

 LAST PLAYOFF MEETING:

 Two years ago, the Canadiens won the first-round series in six games.

 THE SKINNY:

 History bodes well for the Canadiens, as they have dominated the all-time playoff meetings against the Bruins, winning 91 of 145 games and 22 of 29 series, including all but three of 15 first-round matchups and all seven Stanley Cup final meetings ... It's rare when a No. 2 seed and No. 7 seed boast the same amount of wins (41) but the Bruins finished 11 points higher in the Eastern Conference standings because of 11 fewer regulation losses ... C Joe Thornton finished tied for 16th in NHL scoring with 73 points, including 50 assists ... C Mike Ribiero was a surprise leader for the Canadiens with 65 points. RW Michael Ryder finished two points back at 63 to finish tops among league rookies. Ryder tallied the most assists (38) and had a co-share of most goals (25) among freshmen ... Speaking of freshman, Bruins G Andrew Raycroft is the leading candidate for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie with a sparkling 2.05 goals-against average and a spectacular .928 save percentage in earning a 29-18-9 record and three shutouts ... The Canadiens own the worst penalty kill (82.4%) among conference playoff teams, mostly because their road kill (78.5) was third worst in the league ... The Habs, who last won the Stanley Cup in 1993, have only endured one longer stretch of seasons without winning the NHL title -- 12 between 1931 and 1944.

 HURTING:

 The Canadiens are free of any major injuries, although former Flames prospect C Benoit Gratton (concussion) is sidelined indefinitely. The Bruins have just three, including C Joe Thornton (upper body), who is listed day-to-day. Out indefinitely for the Bruins is D Ian Moran (ankle), while D Jonathan Girard (hip) is out for the season.

 POSSIBLE PLAYOFF HERO:

 G Jose Theodore robbed the Bruins of their favourite status two springs ago with the kind of goaltending that wins a series and eventually a Stanley Cup. The league's best young 'tender could do it again.


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