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WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (Game 3)


When you look at the history between franchises, there’s an enormous gap between Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens and any other second-round series, even with regional rivalries taken into consideration.

For fans of bitterness and hostile hockey, the two historic teams haven’t disappointed through the first two games … and it’s difficult to imagine them becoming chums as a 2-1 series lead is on the line in Montreal for Game 3. The action airs on NBCSN and via the livestream link below.


There could be some noteworthy lineup changes right before things kick off, so stay tuned for updates at PHT.

WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (Game 2)

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It’s an afternoon puck-drop in Boston for Game 2 between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

Carey Price will look to continue his incredible play from Game 1 while Tuukka Rask will look to not play like… Well, bad stuff.

A couple of quick lineup changes for both teams appear likely. Michael Bournival replaces Travis Moen for Montreal and Andrej Meszaros swaps in for Matt Bartkowski on defense for Boston based on warm-ups.


You can read our quick preview of today’s game here. Feel free to join our live chat during the game and ask questions about what’s going on around the NHL world.

WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (Game 1)

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For the 34th time in NHL history, Boston and Montreal will play against each other in a playoff series.

There aren’t many rivalries in the league with more history than this one and it hasn’t died down in modern times. It won’t take a game or two for this series to intensify. They already hate each other.

“Yeah, I do,” Milan Lucic told CSN New England. “I’m sure if you asked them about us you’d get the same answer. Being here for seven years and being a part of this organization, you just learn to naturally hate the Montreal Canadiens.”

Or as Bruins coach Claude Julien put it, he hated Boston when he was with Montreal and hates the Canadiens now that he’s switched sides.

These squads are also well rejuvenated after Montreal swept Tampa Bay and Boston eliminated Detroit in five games. Every other series lasted at least six contests, so while the rest of the playoff teams were battling to stay in the Stanley Cup race, the Bruins and Canadiens rested, practiced, and waited for this day.

The game will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can also stream it online:



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WATCH LIVE: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens (Game 3)

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have managed to fight through adversity basically all season long, but this might represent their greatest test yet.

Consider this: the Lightning go into Montreal trailing a first-round series against the Canadiens 2-0 with a shaky goalie playing in place of the guy who has enjoyed a borderline-Vezina-quality breakthrough season. Game 3 between the Lightning and Habs takes place on NBCSN as well as the live stream link below on Sunday:


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WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 2)

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The Lightning suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to Montreal in Game 1 of the series, so while this contest isn’t a must-win for Tampa Bay, it’s close to it.

The Lightning have an uphill battle ahead of them though, given that rookie Ondrej Palat is hurt and goaltender Ben Bishop isn’t likely to return from his elbow injury “any time soon.”

That being said, Steven Stamkos is healthy and doing everything he can to lead the Lightning. He beat Canadiens goaltender Carey Price twice in Game 1.

Game 2 will start at 7:00 p.m. ET and will air on CNBC. If you would rather watch the game online, you can do so by using the link below:


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