MONTREAL CANADA - DECEMBER 16: Josh Gorges #26 of the Montreal Canadiens defends against Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 16 2010 in Montreal Quebec Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Bruins 4-3. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Nathan Horton Scores Winner In Overtime

Let's be real: we're all glad it's come to this. Hockey's most-heated rivalry has come down to a Game 7, as the Montreal Canadiens travel to Boston to take on the Bruins in this pivotal elimination game.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Chris Kelly's Impact Felt On Both Sides Of Ice

Nathan Horton scored 5:43 into overtime as the Boston Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

P.K. Subban had tied the game for Montreal on a power play late in regulation, but the Bruins won the game on Horton's third goal of the series.

Milan Lucic found himself with the puck deep in the Montreal end and skated up to the right circle. From there, he dished the puck up to the high slot for Horton, who slid over to the right and slapped a shot that beat Carey Price cleanly for the win.

Boston moved on to face the Philadelphia Flyers for the second year in a row.

Canadiens fans will remember Chris Kelly's questionable hit on Roman Hamrlik when they think back on this one.

After a spear to Roman Hamrlik (and yes it was) Kelly made his way back up ice to cash a rebound past a sprawling Carey Price. Hamrlik remained on the ice for some time, hoping to gain the referees attention. Unfortunately the zebras, and even his own bench weren't buying it. Surprisingly, I'll have to quote our friend Jack Edwards and say that Hamrlik needed to, "Get up!" and get back in the play. The play was also controversial in that it was started by a high stick by Boston that wasn't called down.

They've got all off-season to remain annoyed by it now.

For more on this game, Habs fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize while Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins Final Score: Nathan Horton Overtime Goal Gives Boston Series Win

The Boston Bruins are through to the second round of the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in overtime, thanks to a great goal by Nathan Horton. With just over six minutes gone in the first overtime, Horton got the puck uncovered just inside of the blue line and ripped a shot, beating Carey Price glove side and bulging the back of the net, giving Boston a win by the final score of 4-3, taking the series by four games to three.

it looked as if there might have been a deflection that allowed the Bruins to score, but in any event, it was a great shot by Horton to give his team the victory. Boston will now be facing the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, as whoever advances from the Pittsburgh Penguins-Tampa Bay Lightning game will be the lowest seed remaining in the playoffs, and as a result, will face the Washington Capitals.

For more on this game, Habs fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize while Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Montreal Comes Back To Force Overtime

The Montreal Canadiens, despite being generally outplayed, have forced overtime in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. Once again, special teams has been Boston's undoing, as they have failed to convert on either of their power plays, while all three of Montreal's goals have come on special teams. The Habs' first goal was on the power play, their second goal was shorthanded, and their third goal, at the very end of the third period, came on the power play once again.

P.K. Subban was the hero, scoring an absolute ripper on a power play, hitting the top shelf with a slapshot. His goal came with less than two minutes to go in the period, tying the game and sending it into OT. Boston almost spoiled the party on a couple of occasions, but Carey Price has been brilliant once again.

The Habs needed that goal from Subban thanks to Chris Kelly's goal for Boston, scored halfway through the third period. Incredibly, despite the fact that both teams have scored three goals, both goalies have been absolutely outstanding.

For about half of the third period, the Habs have been without Jeff Halpern, who appeared to have sustained a concussion from a hit by Andrew Ference. Ference was not penalized on the play.

For more on this game, Habs fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize while Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Montreal Pulls One Back To Tie It After Two

The Montreal Canadiens scored the only goal of the second period, and as a result, they're now tied with the Boston Bruins 2-2 after two periods. The Bruins are still the better team in terms of hits and faceoffs, but their fortunes have changed simply through one bad giveaway. All things considered, the 2-2 score seems to be a fair representation of what's gone on in the game, and it sets up a potentially great third period.

Tomas Plekanec was the man who scored the goal, and though the way he scored it was impressive, the fact that he had the opportunity in the first place was an absolute gift. On a Bruins power play, Patrice Bergeron and Andrew Ference had a miscommunication and gave the puck away to Plekanec, who rocketed towards Tim Thomas, uncontested. He faked to Thomas's glove side, then hit a great precise forehand shot to the blocker side, off the inside of the post and into the net for the goal.

It's anyone's game at this point, though due to the home ice advantage and their advantage on faceoffs, the ice is tilting slightly towards Boston.

For more on this game, Habs fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize while Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Boston Leads After First Period

The Boston Bruins have been the better team through the first period at home, but thanks to a bad penalty, the Montreal Canadiens are only down by one goal when they should probably be down by more. The Bruins have out-hit their opponents by a considerable margin while creating more quality shots, though total shots are even, and they're winning the faceoff battle as well. However, Montreal has a power play goal, and as a result, they're still very much in the game.

Johnny Boychuk scored the first goal of the game, taking a wrist shot off a pass from Brad Marchand to score less than four minutes into the game. It looked like Carey Price could have done a great deal more to make the save, but Patrice Bergeron, who got the second assist on the play, did well to get in front of the net and screen Price.

The Bruins doubled their lead just a couple of minutes later, aided by some poor defending by Montreal. During a sequence where the entire Montreal team had plenty of opportunities to clear the puck out of their zone, with Scott Gomez being the biggest offender, they failed to get it out of their zone as Andrew Ference was able to poke the puck back to Mark Recchi, who was waiting at the blue line. Recchi was completely uncovered and able to take an uncontested shot, beating Price over his shoulder, blocker side.

Boston gave a goal back, though, after gifting Montreal a power play when Michael Ryder was caught for hookingTomas Plekanec. Rushing in undetected on the weak side, Yannick Weber picked up a great pass from Michael Cammalleri and beat Tim Thomas on his glove side.

For more on this game, Habs fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize while Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Hated Rivals Do Battle One More Time, Look To Advance

The Montreal Canadiens held off the Boston Bruins in Game 6 on Tuesday night, and less than 24 hours later, the teams are set to do battle at TD Garden in Boston for the decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

A big reason for that outcome just a night ago was the lack of discipline shown by the Bruins. High (or low) lighted by Milan Lucic's major penalty on that Jaroslav Spacek hit which ultimately resulted in the game-winning Montreal goal, the Bruins haven't done the greatest job in staying out of the box.

Of course, at the same time, they haven't been able to capitalize on the power play either -- zero goals in 19 chances in this series -- and that's a big reason why we're still playing hockey in Boston on Wednesday night. 

Claude Julien and these Bruins have faced three Game 7's in the last three seasons. In 2008, they fell to these Habs in Game 7, in 2009 they fell in the semifinals to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7, and just last year the Bruins took a 3-0 lead in the series, dropped that, then took a 3-0 lead in Game 7 before dropping that and losing in regulation to the Philadelphia Flyers

Speaking of the Flyers, should the Bruins squeak out this Game 7 on Wednesday, they'll head to Philadelphia for a rematch with those Flyers in the Conference Semifinals. Should Montreal win Game 7, they'll book a flight for Washington and a date with the Capitals

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