Game 4 is typically the most important game in a series, as it represents the difference between a tie series and a commanding lead. That's no different on Thursday night as the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of their 2011 first round NHL playoff series.
After getting themselves back in the festivities thanks to some timely offense, some help in the form of Carey Price and some big saves late from Tim Thomas, the Bruins are set to tie the series with another win at Bell Centre.
But can we expect that? Well, when it's the Bruins and Habs we can't really expect much of anything, but if I'm a fan in Boston, I'm nervous over the third period in Game 3. The Bruins stormed out to a 3-0 lead in that game, but Montreal slowly worked their way back into the game. By the end of the third, the Habs were just a save or two away from evening the score.
The point? With the exception of about 30 minutes to start Game 3, the Canadiens have been the better team over the course of this series. We'll see if that continues in Game 4. It's a big swing game.