Rapid Reaction: Bruins 4, Canadiens 2
May, 10, 2014
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Led by their third line and the strength of their power play, the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in Game 5 of the second-round Stanley Cup playoff series Saturday night at TD Garden.
Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored a goal each on the power play in a span of 32 seconds early in the second period en route to Boston's victory and a 3-2 series lead. The series shifts back to Montreal for Game 6 on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET) at Bell Centre.
The Bruins received even-strength goals from Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson. Goaltender Tuukka Rask finished with 29 saves.
For Montreal, Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban scored, while goalie Carey Price made 26 saves.
In Game 4 at Bell Centre, the Bruins hit two posts and one crossbar before eventually winning 1-0 in overtime. Only 2:15 into the first period of Game 5, the Smith rang a shot off the left post.
The Bruins would gain a 1-0 advantage at 13:20 of the opening period when Soderberg notched his first goal of the playoffs. The faceoff was to the left of Price and the Bruins won the drop. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski rimmed the puck around the boards before Eriksson gained control behind the net and moved the puck to Soderberg out front for the tally.
Montreal nearly responded just over a minute later when the Max Pacioretty skated around Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and almost tucked it home, but Rask made a timely left-pad save to secure Boston's one-goal lead at 14:45.
With Rask's sharp play from Game 4 carrying over into the first period of Game 5, the Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec crashed the net and decided to cross check Rask to the mask with 16.1 seconds remaining in the period. Rask responded with a blocker punch to Plekanec's face, and the Montreal forward was given a two-minute penalty for goaltending interference.
The Bruins began the second period with 1:44 remaining on that man-advantage and they capitalized when Smith scored at 1:04 to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton took a shot from the point, the Smith redirected it and the puck trickled through the 5-hole on Price.
The Bruins weren't done.
Plekanec was called for another penalty and Boston scored its second power-play goal 32 seconds later for a 3-0 lead. The Bruins controlled the puck in the right corner when Torey Krug made a nifty backhand, cross-ice pass to Iginla, who beat Price at 1:46.
Montreal responded late in the second period when Gallagher notched a power-play goal at 14:39 to cut the Canadiens' deficit to 3-1.
But Boston's third line struck again late in the third period when Eriksson scored at 14:12 for a 4-1 lead. Matt Fraser showed patience with the puck and fed Eriksson for the goal. Soderberg finished the night with three points.
Montreal scored on a late power play as Subban's slap shot from the point beat Rask to cut the Canadiens' deficit to 4-2 at 17:31. It was Subban's third power-play goal of the series.