BOSTON – The real Boston Bruins finally stood up in Game 5, and so many of the things that went right for them during the regular season rang true in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The B’s scored a pair of power play goals, stuck to their defensive roots and Milan Lucic began smashing Montreal defensemen on the heavy forecheck in Boston’s 4-2 win over the Canadiens in Game 5 at TD Garden. The victory gives the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, and the first chance to eliminate the Canadiens at their Bell Centre home on Monday night.
The Bruins enjoyed their best start of the series in pushing a Carl Soderberg goal from the slot through Carey Price in the first period, the Big Swede’s first career playoff goal. Then the Black and Gold just kept right on rolling with a pair of power play strikes – their first of the series – in the second period.
Reilly Smith redirected a Dougie Hamilton shot pass from the point through the pads of Price, and then a spectacular no look backhanded pass from Torey Krug set up Jarome Iginla in front for the five-hole goal. The PP strikes snapped an 0-for-10 in the series on the man advantage for the Bruins after finishing third in the NHL in power play success rate during the season.
The Bruins gave one back at the end of the second period on a bonehead penalty from Brad Marchand that led to a Brenden Gallagher power play goal.
Loui Eriksson added some insurance for the Bruins with five minutes and change left in the third period, beating Price on a rebound to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead.
The Canadiens would not go quietly, narrowing the lead after pulling their goalie with just under five minutes remaining. With 2:29 left in the game, P.K. Subban fired a laser past Tuukka Rask to make it 4-2.
The Bruins will look to close out the series at the Bell Centre on Monday night.