BOSTON BRUINS (6-3) vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS (6-2)
9:49 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, MTL 2
BRUINS TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD: With tonight's Game 5 victory the Bruins take a 3-2 series lead with a chance to clinch the Second Round on Monday in Montreal. The B's received offensive production from Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson, while Tuukka Rask provided another solid night between the pipes stopping 29 shots for the Bruins seventh win of the postseason.
SUBBAN BRINGS HABS WITHIN TWO: With 2:29 to go, the hot P.K. Subban kept his scorching pace going, cutting the Bruins lead to 4-2 when he connected on a six-on-four (Carey Price was pulled) power play goal for his fourth goal of the playoffs.
ERIKSSON SCOOPS UP THE REBOUND, SCORES: Loui Eriksson extended the Bruins back to three goals, when he scooped up a rebound to the left of Carey Price, off of a low, well-placed Matt Fraser shot, putting it past the Montreal goaltender. The goal marks Loui's second of the postseason with Matt Fraser picking up his first career NHL postseason assist.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for postgame coverage and follow the B's Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Monday for Game 6 of their Second Round matchup against the Canadiens as the series shifts back to Montreal. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET
8:47 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, MTL 0
MARCHY CALLED FOR HOLDING, HABS SCORE ON PP: WIth 6:59 remaining in the second period, Brad Marchand was sent to the sin bin for holding on Lars Eller, sending the Bruins on the PK. With 23 seconds to go on the Montreal man-advantage, the Habs were able to cut the deficit when Brendan Gallagher connected on a a shot from the left faceoff circle.
IGINLA CAPITALIZES: Following a Tomas Plekanec's third penalty of the night, Boston's Jarome Iginla notched his fourth goal of the playoffs to extend the B's lead to 3-0, just 32 seconds after Reilly Smith's goal (see below). The power play goal was set up by Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara, giving them their seventh and second assists of the postseason, respectively.
SMITH TIPS ONE HOME: Reilly Smith doubled the Bruins lead when he tipped a Dougie Hamilton pass through Carey Price to tie Milan Lucic for the team lead in goals with four. Hamilton earns his fifth playoff assist on the play while Carl Soderberg gets credited with the secondary helper, giving him a multiple point game with a goal and an assist.
7:51 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 0
MILETSTONE REACHED: Carl Soderberg scored his first career NHL playoff goal tonight, becoming the sixth Bruin this postseason to do so, joining Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron, Justin Florek and Matt Fraser.
PLEKANEC CALLED FOR GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE: Following a puck battle on the doorstep of the Bruins crease, Tomas Plekanec was assessed a two minute minor for the contact he made with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, which caused Rask to fall to the ice. The Bruins will begin the second period of action with 1:44 of power play time as a result of the minor Montreal infraction.
SODERBERG SCORES: With 6:40 to go in the first, Carl Soderberg got the Black & Gold on the board, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he sent the puck past Carey Price stick-side high, off of a pin-point feed from Loui Eriksson from behind the net. The goal earns Soderberg first of the playoffs and of his NHL postseason career with Eriksson and Bartkowski getting assists for their third and first of the postseason, respectively. Great look from Loui and finish from Carl on the play.
B'S KILL OFF A PENALTY, GO ON THE PP: Offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalties for Brad Marchand and Montreal's Brendan Gallagher and a Matt Bartkowski holding minor sent the B's PK unit to work for the first time in the evening. WIth 12 seconds to go on the penalty kill, Montreal's Tomas Plekanec was assessed a two minute interference minor, which gave the Bruins 1:48 of man-advantage time. The Black & Gold however were unable to generate much on their second power play of the game, leaving the game scoreless with 10:01 remaining in the preliminary frame of play.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: Matt Bartkowski drew a penalty at four minutes into the first frame, when Max Pacioretty hooked the blueliner in a battle for the puck. The B's first man-advantage of the game was relatively strong, creating a couple separate chances including a one-time chance for Jarome Iginla, but the veteran winger lost his footing on the shot attempt causing him to whiff as the puck cruised by. Overall, their first power play of the contest saw solid puck movement and zone time.
SMITH CATCHES IRON: With approximately 17:40 to go in the first period, Reilly Smith had the best chance of the first period when he found a clean path through the slot by splitting the defense, earning himself a scoring opportunity. He let go a slick wrist shot that wrong of the left post, beating Carey Price, but the puck deflected out wide, leaving the winger emptyhanded.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. MTL (Game 5)
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (6-3, 1.67 GAA, .941 Save %) vs. Price (6-2, 2.30 GAA, .921 Save %). In 44 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 27-17 record with a 2.05 GAA & .932 save % with five shutouts. In 38 playoff matchups, Price has compiled a 15-19 record with a 2.76 GAA & .909 save % with three shutouts.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: In 174 postseason games versus Montreal, the Black & Gold have accrued a 70-104 lifetime playoff record, and have been outscored by the Habs by a 522-431 margin in those contests. In 85 lifetime playoff games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 46-39 record against Montreal with a 232-223 scoring advantage on home ice. Following Game 4’s OT finish, the B’s and Habs have now played 39 postseason games that have gone into overtime, with Boston holding a 16-23 record in those contests.
RASK'S OVERTIME SUCCESS: With Thursday's 1-0 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of Round 2, Tuukka Rask improved to 9-5 in 14 career OT postseason games played. The netminder's 33 saves on 33 shots on goal yielded Rask's second shutout of the postseason and fifth of his NHL playoff career. The Finland native has had a hot postseason thus far between the pipes, leading all goaltenders in goals against average (1.67), save percentage (.941) and is tied for first in shutouts with two (Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT).
MILESTONES APPROACHING: David Krejci currently sits tied for ninth on the club’s all-time postseason assist list with 47 with Ken R. Hodge. The centerman’s 76 postseason points are two away from Brad Park for ninth on the team’s all-time playoff point list.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin Ken Linseman, will serve as tonight’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 5 against Montreal.
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The first postseason episode of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani aired on Monday, May 5 on NESN. The series' 14th installment chronicled the Black & Gold's First Round defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The air date for episode 15 of Behind the B, which will feature the Bruins vs. Canadiens series, will be announced after the series has completed.
211 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, May 3 at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins have reached 211 straight regular season and playoff game sell outs. This sellout streak began more on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: According to Elias Sports Bureau, P.K. Subban is only the third Canadiens defensemen to record three straight multi-point games in the playoffs (May 1 – 6), joining Larry Robinson and J.C. Tremblay. Subban leads Montreal with 3-8=11 totals, which is tied for fourth in the postseason scoring… Daniel Briere’s 113 points trails Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby by one on the list of active top postseason scorers… Carey Price’s 38 postseason games played with the Canadiens is one appearance shy of Lorne “Gump” Worsley for fifth on the all-time playoff games played list for the Habs.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 6-for-24 (25.0%, T-5th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 25-for-31 (80.6%, 11th NHL)… Canadiens power play: 6-for-24 (25.0%, T-5th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 13-for-15 (86.7%, 3rd NHL).