Here we go again.
The Bruins are facing off with the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of their second round playoff series, the eighth time these two storied hockey clubs have reached a Game 7 in their NHL record 33 playoff series.
The Bruins are 3-5 in Game 7s against the Habs, winning two of the last three decisive games dating back to 2008, including a 4-3 win at TD Garden in 2011.
For Bruins coach Claude Julien, who has been through his fair share of Game 7s, both against the Habs and in the Eastern Conference, there aren't many distinguishing features of the do-or-die game vs. all others.
"It's like everything else, when you win the Stanley Cup, you play some of your best hockey but you also have had the breaks," said Julien. "I'll be the first one to tell you, if we didn't have a little bit of luck when we won, we don't win the cup. So it all comes with the package here. We've got to play our best, we gotta get some breaks, and a little bit of luck. And if you get all of those things, your chances are pretty good.
"But the most important thing is control what you can control," Julien continued. "And I think our effort and our game tonight is something that is in our own hands, and then we just gotta hope that the other things follow."
So what are the Bruins' keys for success?
"I think it's pretty simple," Julien said. "We have to go out and play our best game and play our game. Not just our game, but the way we play. If you followed our team all year, you'll know what that is."