MONTREAL — And so here they stand.
The Boston Bruins are one win away from advancing for to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Even juicier, they can complete a sweep of the hated Montreal Canadiens with a win tonight in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in front of the Habs’ fans.
Should the Bruins get the job done, the silence is sure to be deafening.
In order to finish things off, Boston will need the same type of complete game they displayed in Game 2 back home. A scrambling first period tonight like the one in Game 3 could prove costly. Getting Milan Lucic back from his one-game suspension should help. The second-year winger should have some extra incentive to get the job done. If he can channel his pent up energy promptly, I guarantee he’ll have a big game — both with his body and his offensive ability.
Most of Montreal’s players already have their eyes on the exit. Ten will be unrestricted free agents barring signing extensions before July 1. They’re bruised and battered and almost beaten. Now the Bruins just have to put them out of their misery.
Series note: Montreal center Tomas Plekanec has only skated in two of the three games, but he’s still a minus-4.
What they’re writing: Canadiens captain Saku Koivu hasn’t given up.
Player to watch: Other than Lucic, the other guy with something to prove tonight will be fellow Bruins winger Michael Ryder. With two huge goals in this series, including the winner in Game 3, he’s proven a lot. But helping to stick the final fork in the Habs on their home ice would be complete redemption for the forward that was given up for dead by Montreal last summer.