Knowing a loss to the Bruins tonight could end their season, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien is pulling out all the stops in order to put a jolt in the Montreal lineup in order to make sure these teams head back to Boston for a Game 7.
Two notable changes for Montreal from Game 5 include the return of Daniel Briere, as well as the inclusion of rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who is making his NHL playoff debut.
The 36-year-old Briere had played in all of Montreal’s eight games during the 2014 playoffs before he was scratched for Game 5. He has scored a goal and three assists in these playoffs with a plus/minus rating of +2.
Briere led the playoffs in points as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010, when they fell to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final. It was widely speculated that he would have won the Conn Smythe trophy that year had the Flyers won the Stanley Cup.
Beaulieu has played a total of 23 games over the past two seasons for the Canadiens, totaling two assists with a plus/minus of +11. He has averaged 13:47 of ice time in those games.