Five things the Habs need to force Game 7

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

MONTREAL - Five things the Habs need to force Game 7

1. Find 11 and 21: Veteran forwards Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta were good in Game 1, but haven't had a point since. They were on the ice for the Bruins last four goals in Game 4 and are a combined minus-10 in the last four games. Gionta had the winner on his stick in double overtime and couldn't convert. Can the Habs win without them contributing? Not likely.

2. The Price has to be right: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hasn't won in his last seven post-season starts at the Bell Centre and if that doesn't change Tuesday, it's going to be a long wait for the chance to end an eight-game streak. A striking stat: nine of the 12 goals the Bruins have scored in this series came in Games 3 and 4 at the Bell Centre.

3. Take care of that round thing: In the first two games of the series in Boston, which the Habs won, the Canadiens were marked down for only six turnovers; just one in Game 1. Since then? Seven in Game 3, 15 in Game 4 and 14 in Game 5. For a team that struggles to score goals, they can't be giving the puck -- and chances -- to the Bruins.

4. Embrace history: The Canadiens need only look at the way they performed in a similar circumstance last spring. In the five elimination games in the first two rounds against the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canadiens were a perfect 5-0. They came back from down 3-1 against Washington and from 3-2 against the Penguins.

5. Give Max Pacioretty some better Twitter material: The Canadiens forward tweeted during Saturday's Game 5 "This game is longer than Marchand's nose," referring to the honker on Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who heard about on TV in the intermission and promptly went out and scored a goal. "It's always nice to kind of rub it in a little," said Marchand. The cyber bulletin board?

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