Tuesday's games: Playoff points to watch

No. 3 Boston Bruins at No. 6 Montreal Canadiens (Bruins lead 3-2), 7 p.m. ET

  • If Montreal and Vancouver lose, it will be the first time since 1996 that no Canadian teams will advance to the conference semifinals.

  • If the Canadiens win, it will be the first time since 1995 that there have been at least four Game 7s in the conference quarterfinals. There were four in 1995.

  • The Bruins and Canadiens have played seven Game 7s against each other with Montreal winning five of the seven.

  • The last three playoff series between these teams were either sweeps or seven-game series.

  • There has been a combined 86 penalty minutes in the five games. During the regular season, the teams combined for 355 penalty minutes in six games against each other.

  • Carey Price has lost seven consecutive home playoff starts, while Tim Thomas has won four straight in Montreal in the playoffs.

No. 7 Buffalo Sabres at No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers (Series tied 3-3), 7:30 p.m. ET

  • The Sabres are 0-4 in Game 7s played on the road. The only team with a worse record is the Rangers, who are 0-5 in Game 7s on the road, according to Elias.

  • Ville Leino's overtime goal in Game 6 was the third time in Flyers history the team staved off elimination in a best-of-7 series with an overtime win, according to Elias. Philadelphia lost in Game 7 the two previous times.

  • The Flyers could become the first NHL team in 23 years to win a postseason series when they started three different goalies, according to Elias.

  • Philadelphia has pulled its starter three times and won two of those games. According to Elias, the last time a team won two playoff games in which the starting goalie did not finish the game was the 1964 Red Wings against the Blackhawks.

  • The Sabres are 1-5 in playoff overtime games.

No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 1 Vancouver Canucks (Series tied 3-3), 10 p.m. ET

  • The Blackhawks are just the second defending Stanley Cup champion since 1995 to play in a Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs, according the Elias. The Avalanche did so in 2002, defeating the Kings 4-0 in Denver.

  • Only three NHL teams in history have won a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-0 in the series: the 2010 Flyers, 1975 Islanders and 1942 Maple Leafs.

  • This series is just the sixth instance since 1993 in which the No. 1 seed was forced to a decisive game in the conference quarterfinals, according to Elias.

  • Roberto Luongo will start for the Canucks, despite his struggles against the Blackhawks in the playoffs.

    Luongo's goals-against average against the Hawks in the playoffs:

    2007 -- 1.77

    2009 -- 2.52

    2010 -- 3.22

    2011 -- 3.45