ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - P.K. Subban's first goal of the playoffs was a big one.
The Belleville Bulls' top-scoring defenceman during the regular season fired a point shot through traffic on a power play two minutes into overtime to give Belleville a 5-4 victory and a 2-0 series lead on the Niagara IceDogs in Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal action Friday night.
After finishing third amongst defenceman with 76 points this season, Subban was limited to four assists in the Bulls' first-round series against the Sudbury Wolves and was held off the scoresheet in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against Niagara. In 2008, Subban led all defencemen in playoff scoring with eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 21 games.
Bryan Cameron, Brandon Mashinter and Scott Howe each scored for Belleville in the opening three minutes of the game, but the IceDogs slowly chipped away at the lead, knotting the game at 3-3 early in the third period before taking the lead less than a minute later.
Cory Tanaka tied the game with under three minutes remaining in the third to set the stage for Subban's winner. Tanaka finished with a goal and an assist for the Bulls.
Patrick Lee and Andrew Agozzino both had a goal and an assist for Niagara - which was 3-for-6 with the man advantage - while Alex Friesen and Andrew Shaw also scored.
Mike Murphy made 38 saves for Belleville. IceDogs netminder Jeremy Smith stopped 45 shots.