With three of the next five Eastern Conference playoff games at home at the Bell Centre in Montreal, you can't blame fans of the Canadiens for feeling a little cautious optimism.

That optimism might not be so cautious if the Canadiens had hung on to the lead they had in the third period of game two. The Canadiens lost 5-3 after holding a 3-1 lead in  the period.  That allowed the Boston Bruins to tie the series at one win each.

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Game preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens  – 7:30 p.m. ET

Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports writes:

'It will be interesting to see how the Montreal Canadiens respond on Tuesday, two days after their two-goal lead turned into a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins in the final 10 minutes of Game 2 on Saturday.

Montreal head coach Michel Therrien and his players have done their best to put a positive spin on the third-period collapse.

They point out that the Canadiens held the Bruins to only seven shots in the final 20 minutes.

They point out that two of the goals came from unlucky bounces off of Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher and his teammate Francis Bouillon to get past goalie Carey Price.

They point out they have connected for four power-play goals in their two outings in Boston.

They point out that the Canadiens now have home-ice advantage after gaining their split in Boston.

In total, home teams have won 36 of 55 games so far. The Habs have gone two-for-two at home in the 2014 playoffs, while the Bruins have managed to go two-for-two on the road.'

Read his whole story here.

The contest starts a 7:00 p.m. on CBC Sports. Click here to watch the live stream