Canadiens making three lineup changes ahead of Game 3

Rene Bourque warms up during Game 4 between the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning at the...

Rene Bourque warms up during Game 4 between the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre on April 22, 2014. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉA /QMI AGENCY)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

The Montreal Canadiens will have winger Rene Bourque in the lineup Tuesday night when they face the Boston Bruins at home.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien usually doesn’t comment on lineup changes, but he did confirm Bourque, who missed practice Monday because of the flu, would be on the Bell Centre ice for Game 3 of the Atlantic Division final.

Bourque, who has been spectacular in the playoffs after an awful regular season, leads the Habs with four goals in six games.

The series is tied 1-1 after Boston overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit on Saturday en route to a 5-3 win.

Sixteen players took part in an optional morning skate at the club’s practice facility in suburban Brossard and it looks like a couple of lineup changes could be in the offing.

Defenceman Douglas Murray, who struggled against the Bruins last spring as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference final, looks like a good bet to slide into the lineup in place of veteran defender Francis Bouillon, who didn’t have a great Game 2.

Bouillon had a shot deflect in off him and lost a battle along the boards that led to a flukey goal by Patrice Bergeron that tied the game 3-3.

Murray is big, if not very mobile, and has shown he’s not afraid to engage big defenceman like Zdeno Chara, who the Bruins like to use in front of the net on the power play.

It also appears Montreal winger Travis Moen will replace Brandon Prust, who hasn’t been effective and looks to be still recovering from a late-season injury.


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