MONTREAL – Guy Carbonneau plans to wear his lucky tie behind the Montreal Canadiens bench for Game 7 of their playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
Carbonneau has a 2-0 record when wearing the multi-coloured Hermes tie, which was a birthday gift from his wife. He wore it when Montreal clinched a playoff spot late in the regular season against Ottawa and again for Game 1 against Boston.
The Canadiens took a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series, but saw Boston battle back to force Game 7 on Monday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET).
It has been a wild first NHL playoff series as a coach for Carbonneau.
“It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s different,” said the former Canadiens captain. “Whatever happens, I’m going to learn from it and be better.”
No lineup changes are expected for the do-or-die game – the seventh Game 7 all-time between the two Original Six clubs. Montreal holds a 4-2 edge.
“I think everyone’s going to be nervous, whether you’re a veteran or a young player,” said Montreal defenceman Andrei Markov.
Markov was asked is he was playing with an injury and he said “no,” and smiled.
“You have two teams playing for their lives,” said Boston coach Claude Julien. “There’s not much to speculate about – just sit back in your seat and watch the game.”