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BIG MOMENTS - May 12, 2009: BOS @ CAR

Tuesday, 05.12.2009 / 6:54 PM / Conference Semifinals: Boston vs. Carolina

The plays that turn the tide in every game of playoff action -- that is what the beauty of hockey history is built on.

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Boston at Carolina - Game 6

A) Recchi's opening goal - After a convincing 4-0 victory in Game 5 in Boston, the Bruins came out flying at the RBC Center Tuesday night, thanks largely in part to a Carolina mistake.

Early on in the first period, Niclas Wallin was caught pinching in the Boston zone and the Bruins ended up with a two-on-one against Anton Babchuk. Patrice Bergeron carried the puck towards the Carolina net and fed a soft pass through Babcuk and to Mark Recchi, who tapped the puck in past Cam Ward.

The play was reviewed, but the goal stood, as Recchi's third marker of the playoffs 2:01 into the opening period gave Boston a very important 1-0 lead facing elimination in Carolina.

B) Montador's goal - Already leading the Hurricanes by one goal, the Bruins continued to dominate the game and were cycling the puck in Carolina zone.

Michael Ryder passed the puck across the top of the circle to David Krejci, who sent a touch pass to Steve Montador on the left side.

With Byron Bitz screening Cam Ward, Montador sent a hard shot right past the Hurricanes' goalie to give the Bruins an early two-goal lead.

C) 'Canes get on the board  - After falling behind by two goals, the Hurricanes began to regain control and momentum in the last minutes of the first period and drew a penalty, which allowed them to start the second with a man advantage.

While Carolina failed to score on the power play, Scott Walker later started a cycle that got the 'Canes onto the board. Deep in the Boston end, Matt Cullen hip-checked Steve Montador and got the puck out to Chad Larose. With the Bruins' defensemen chasing Walker behind the net, Cullen slipped in front of the net all along. Walker quickly touched LaRose's pass out in front, where Cullen shot a backhander past Tim Thomas for the goal.

D) Lucic to Savard - Usually Marc Savard does the passing for the Bruins, but this time Milan Lucic made things happen.

Looking to regain their two-goal lead, Savard and Dennis Wideman were battling for the puck in Carolina territory. Eventually Savard banged the puck along the boards to power forward Milan Lucic. Lucic grabbed the puck and skated his way past three Carolina players before making an unbelievable no-look pass to Savard. Savard one-timed the puck past Cam Ward to give the B's a 3-1 lead 8:53 into the second period.

Lucic continued his stellar play in the postseason by notching his sixth assist in his ninth game during the '09 playoffs.

E) Bruins kill crucial penalty - Just 51 seconds after Sergei Samsonov scored to pull the Hurricanes within two goals, Steve Montador was called for a boarding penalty.

The RBC Center fans were ready for the man advantage to pull the ‘Canes within one, but Tim Thomas and the Bruins came up with a big penalty kill. The Hurricanes piled on five shots during this critical power play, but Thomas denied them all to keep the Bruins up by a pair.

The failure to capitalize on the power play silenced the crowd for the time being, and seemed to diminish any hope that the Hurricanes had in getting back into this game.

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2

Quote of the Day

We don't know how long Carey will be out, but for us, it's business as usual.

— Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on goaltender Carey Price, who is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury
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