According to a tweet from Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, Bruins forward Milan Lucic will not be suspended by the NHL for his hit on Jaroslav Spacek that earned him an ejection from Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the Canadiens. Lucic received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for slamming Spacek's head into the boards in the second period. The Canadiens scored on an eventual 5-on-3 power play and won the game to force Wednesday night's Game 7.

National and local media predictions are starting to come in about Bruins-Canadiens Game 7 Wednesday night at TD Garden. Now you have your chance to weigh in with your own prediction. Vote in our poll at the Big Bad Blog. And make sure to check out our hourly updates leading up to the 7 p.m. showdown.

Somehow, you just knew from the puck drop in Game 1 that “Bruins-Canadiens Part XXXIII: This Time, It's Personal” was going to come down to a Game 7. And while I have every hope and faith it's going to go well Wednesday night and the Bruins will move on, it's still worth pointing out that I'd rather be us than them.



JERRY THORNTON

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MONTREAL — As the final seconds ticked off the clock at 9:40 p.m. in Montreal Tuesday night, a different countdown began. While the clock at Bell Centre read 00:00, a clock of about 21 hours and 40 minutes started for one team’s last game of the season. 



MONTREAL -- The question of whether the Bruins will make it to the Eastern Conference semifinals remains unanswered, but their opponent should they win Game 7 has been revealed. The Flyers beat the Sabres, 5-2, in Game 7 of their series to advance to the second round. Should the Bruins beat the Habs in Game 7 Wednesday at TD Garden, they would head to Philadelphia, where they would be hosted by the second-seeded Flyers.

MONTREAL -- Moments after losing Game 6 to the Canadiens, 2-1, on a pair of 5-on-3 goals, Bruins veteran Mark Recchi admitted he and his teammates need to do a better job of cashing in on their power-play chances. While the Canadiens scored a pair of two-man advantage goals, the Bruins were 0-for-4 on the power play, making them scoreless in 19 chances during the series. 

"We had opportunities, but it wasn't good enough for power play on our end," Recchi said. "Five-on-five, we were terrific. They got a couple of 5-on-3 goals."

MONTREAL -- Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta scored 5-on-3 goals and Carey Price made 31 saves as the Canadiens beat the Bruins 2-1 Tuesday night at Bell Centre to force a Game 7 Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

The game featured several controversial calls, starting with an apparent goal by Brian Gionta just under four minutes into the game when when Tim Thomas lost possession of the puck to his right. But as Gionta poked in the rebound, the play was whistled dead when referree Kevin Pollack lost sight of the puck and the play was ruled no goal.

MONTREAL -- Milan Lucic was tossed from Tuesday's Game 6 at Bell Centre early in the second period for a hit on Jaroslav Spacek that left the Canadiens defenseman on the ice with blood dripping from his head. 

Lucic was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct 4:37 into the second. Moments later, Patrice Bergeron took a delay-of-game penalty for flipping the puck over the glass in the defensive zone and the Canadiens capitalized for their second 5-on-3 power play goal of the game as Brian Gionta scored. 

MONTREAL -- Although the Bruins hold a 3-2 series lead over the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, much emphasis has been placed on the difficulty of closing out the Habs in Tuesday in Game 6 to prevent a possible Game 7. B's coach Claude Julien acknowledged the challenge, but noted his team isn't the only one needing an important win.

Before taking his team north for a Game 6 showdown with the Canadiens Tuesday night at Bell Centre, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he is fairly condifident that the Canadiens won't engage the Bruins in a physical battle because they would likely lose that kind of game.