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Countdown to Game 7, noon: Callers vent to Mut and Merloni about Bruins 04.27.11 at 11:56 am ET
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Want to know the pulse of the Bruins fans as their team heads into Game 7 against the Canadiens? Well …

Audio: Callers react to the Game 6 loss (click here)

Audio: Game 7. Boston Bruins. Montreal Canadiens. It’s on (click here to listen)

Here the Montreal Gazette executes a little columnist on columnist vitriol.

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Countdown to Game 7, 11 a.m.: Join Bruins super fan Chach for live chat 04.27.11 at 10:38 am ET
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Join the voice of the Bruins fans, Dennis & Callahan producer Steve Ciaccio, in chatting about all things B’s as they get ready to take on the Canadiens starting at 11 a.m. Enjoy some tweets from the experts while you’re waiting, but get your questions in (and don’t hold back, Chach likes to mix it up in the corners).

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Countdown to Game 7, 10 a.m.: Predictions of Bruins victory 04.27.11 at 10:22 am ET
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(Spoiler: In the 11 a.m. update, Dennis & Callahan producer and voice of the Bruins fan Steve Ciaccio will be having a live chat to help get his fellow diehards to face off.)

Predictions are starting to come for Wednesday night’s Game 7 between the Bruins and Canadiens.

At ESPN.com, senior writer E.J. Hradek predicts a Bruins victory. He notes that the B’s were 9-4-1 playing on back-to-back nights during the regular season, while the Canadiens were 6-7-3 (and 0-3-1 in their last four).

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy, during his interview on the Dennis & Callahan show, said the Bruins will win 5-2. WEEI’s morning show hosts predict redemption for Milan Lucic. Gerry Callahan has the Bruins winning 3-1, with the B’s scoring a power-play goal and empty-net tally ‘€” “both by Lucic.” John Dennis predicts a 5-2 “beatdown” for the B’s, with the David KrejciNathan Horton-Lucic line recording two goals. Midday co-host Lou Merloni is going with a 4-1 Boston win.

Make your prediction known by voting in our Game 7 poll.

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Poll: What will happen in Game 7? 04.27.11 at 10:19 am ET
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What will happen in Wednesday night's Game 7?

  • Bruins win close game in regulation (36%, 89 Votes)
  • Canadiens win close game in regulation (22%, 54 Votes)
  • Bruins rout Canadiens (18%, 45 Votes)
  • Bruins win in overtime (7%, 17 Votes)
  • Canadiens rout Bruins (7%, 17 Votes)
  • Lady Gaga performs unscheduled concert, forces postponement (6%, 15 Votes)
  • Canadiens win in overtime (5%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 250

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Countdown to Game 7, 9 a.m.: Only Bruins are to blame for Game 6 loss 04.27.11 at 9:07 am ET
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Yahoo! Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika writes that the Bruins are the only ones to blame for this series going to Game 7, and he has some interesting quotes from Milan Lucic prior to Tuesday’s contest.

However, Don Cherry says the referees played a key role.

Michael Cammalleri, Montreal’s Game 6 (and series) standout, said he was inspired by a pep talk from his father prior to Tuesday night’s game. “Leo Cammalleri, thanks for the pep talk,” the forward said after recording a goal and an assist in the Habs’ 2-1 victory that forced Wednesday night’s Game 7.

Montreal police were “prepared for any eventuality” regarding fan violence heading into Game 6, and the anxiety level has to be increased heading into Game 7. In 2008, after the Canadiens beat the Bruins in the opening round, 15 police cars were torched and several stored were looted, according to the Montreal Gazette. However, CTV.ca writes that Montreal was all smiles after Game 6.

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Countdown to Game 7, 8 a.m.: What they’re saying in Montreal 04.27.11 at 8:04 am ET
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By now, you likely have read about Game 6 (and 7) from a Boston perspective. But what are they saying in Montreal after the Canadiens’ 2-1 victory Tuesday night?

In the Montreal Gazette, Dave Stubbs writes that Bruins forward Milan Lucicfinally stepped out of invisibility” and “found a way to put his mark” on the series. For those who, like Lucic, disagree with the five-minute major and game misconduct penalty, Stubbs writes that’s “beyond ridiculous.”

Also in the Gazette, Pat Hickey takes Boston Herald writer Stephen Harris to task for criticizing the Canadiens after Game 5 for icing the puck too much. Hickey writes that the Bruins are just as boring and defensive-minded as the Habs. However, Red Fisher writes that this series is an example of what makes hockey beautiful.

If you want to hear Dennis & Callahan’s initial thoughts on the Game 6 loss from Wednesday morning’s show, click here for the audio. And here’s Jon Meterparel‘s breakdown of the game.

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Countdown to Game 7, 7 a.m.: Another look at the Milan Lucic hit 04.27.11 at 6:55 am ET
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So you want to see what all the hubbub is about regarding Milan Lucic‘s hit from Tuesday night? Well, see for yourself.

As mentioned before, the great Jerry Thornton expertly broke down the 10 best reasons you should be glad you might be rooting for the Bruins tonight instead of the Canadiens. Here is a sample:

10. We’ve got other options

I and everyone I know would love to see the Bruins win the Cup. Hell, I know some hardcore puckheads who want it so bad they’d sacrifice anything — their health, personal wealth, the feel of a woman’s touch — just to see it happen. But if doesn’t, the sun’s still coming up tomorrow. The Boston hockey public will do what we’ve always done. We’ll flip to the Celtics‘ playoffs and check the Red Sox standings and set our Patriots draft board and move on with our awesome, successful, enviable lives.

Once the Habs are bounced from the playoffs, their fans will do what they’ve always done: Wallow in misery, demand the coach be fired and the goalie get traded and start counting the days til the 2011-12 season. Because what else do they have in their empty, joyless lives? The Alouettes? The jaunty Alouettes of Canadian football? Puhleeze. Twenty-yard end zones, three downs and 60-yard lines are an abomination and against the Laws of Nature. Plus, as George Steinbrenner once pointed out, Montreal is supposedly one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world but it can’t even support a Major League Baseball team. And making me agree with a pompous gasbag (rest his soul) like King George is by itself enough to make me hate Les Habitants.

9. Our iconic legendary goalie is eternally cooler than their iconic legendary goalie

Ken Dryden was a massive, coolly efficient, articulate, cerebral Ivy Leaguer with movie star looks. Gerry Cheevers was a short, squat slob who blew snot rockets on the ice, was balding in his mid-20s and spent every waking off-ice hour at the racetrack. He also took ridiculous chances leaving the crease and skating up ice with the puck and swung his stick at opposing forwards like the bride in ‘€œKill Bill’€ fighting off the Crazy 88s. But we’re three decades after they both retired and Cheesie still is inspiring T-shirts, sports memorabilia figurines as well as the song ‘€œI Feel Like Gerry Cheevers (Stick Marks on My Heart)’€ by the band Chixdiggit. Dryden is remembered as the guy who almost nodded off in the booth as Al Michaels was calling the end of the Lake Placid Miracle on Ice game.

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