While Subban and the Canadiens have capitalized on Boston's miscues in the series, the Bruins too often have failed to convert on quality scoring chances. Too many times the Bruins rang the puck off a post or crossbar, and they've missed a few open nets. Had Boston scored on those opportunities, this series might already be over.
"If you hit posts and miss open nets, you've got to bury those chances, and [in Game 6] they came back to haunt us," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
In order to win a Stanley Cup, a team must have luck on its side. The Bruins experienced that firsthand when they won in 2011, but the puck has not been bouncing their way in this series.
"You've got to find a way to finish -- it's as simple as that," Julien said. "Whether it's a little bit of puck luck, whether it's us not burying our chances and having to bear down, it doesn't matter at the end of the day. You've got to find a way."
The Bruins have made too many mental mistakes and have played uncharacteristically sloppy hockey at times. Boston not only needs its leaders to make their presence felt, the entire roster needs to contribute. The Bruins are at their best when Julien can roll all four lines.
Boston's defense needs to be better and goalie Tuukka Rask needs to provide a Vezina-worthy performance.
If Montreal wins in Boston on Wednesday night, it will be catastrophic for the Bruins. Boston is the better team and needs to play like it in Game 7. This will be the Bruins' toughest challenge this postseason. If successful against Subban and the Canadiens, there's no reason to think the Bruins won't achieve the ultimate goal.