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The Canadiens celebrate Max Pacioretty's (67) goal against Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during second period playoff action in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal in Boston on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Canadiens earn some respect with Game 7 victory over Bruins

There wasn't much left of Daniel Briere's voice. The veteran Montreal Canadiens forward had been turned into a cheerleader, sitting on the Canadiens bench for most of the third period of their Game 7 victory over the Boston Bruins, cooling his heels despite having set up the crucial first goal two minutes into the game.

Canadiens forward Lars Eller (81) celebrates his first period goal against the Bruins with teammates Brian Gionta (21), Rene Bourque (17), Mike Weaver (43) and Nathan Beaulieu (40) during Game 6 of their playoff series in Montreal on Monday, May 12, 2014. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency)

Canadiens dominate Bruins, force Game 7 in Boston

After prolonged stretches of exposed nerves, unexpected turns, body blows, resurrections and usual post-whistle silliness, there is no question the Atlantic Division final deserves a Game 7.

Boston Bruins winger Matt Fraser pokes the puck past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at the Bell Centre in Montreal, May 8, 2014. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency)

Bruins callup Matt Fraser knots up series against Canadiens

As the personality of a series takes shape, grows from game to game, the really good ones have two teams adapting and changing, emphasizing their strengths while working at squeezing the areas where the opponents live and breathe.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) takes a shot on goal during the first period against the Boston Bruins in game one of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 1, 2014 in Boston, MA, USA. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Subban the prevailing narrative in Habs-B's series

There are many facets of this post-season Montreal Canadiens team that have been evolving into an interesting story on an NHL playoff stage cluttered with many of them, including improbable outcomes and the apparently unbearable weight of the two-goal lead.