Canadiens on the brink
For the first time in this series, a team racked up consecutive wins.
Boston moved within one W of advancing to the Eastern Conference final with an easy 4-2 win.
The game featured four power-play goals, two by each team.
Boston outshot the Canadiens 31-30 and dominated play in all three zones.
Carl Sodergerg, Reily Smith, Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson scored for Boston.
Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban scored on Canadiens power plays.
Too little to late
After Loui Eriksson buried a rebound to give Boston a 4-1 lead, P.K. Subban scored his fourth goal of the playoffs.
It was the game's fourth power-play goal.
The Canadiens pulled Carey Price with almost five minutes left, to no avail.
to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
Boston's power play – which hadn't scored against the Canadiens in the playoffs since 2009 – got two in 32 seconds.
Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored to give Boston a 3-0 lead.
Brendan Gallagher gave the Canadiens life, tipping Tomas Plekanec's shot past Tuukka Rask – the first goal surrendered by Boston's goalie in almost 130 minutes.
Boston had a 13-11 shot advantage.
It's the first time in these playoffs the Canadiens have trailed after 40 minutes.
It began with an unnecessary icing by Tomas Plekanec.
Then he lost the D-zone draw.
The Douglas Murray chased the puck behind Carey Price.
The upshot was Carl Soderberg's first playoff goal.
And the Canadiens will begin the second period with Pleks in the penalty box.
Zebras are calling everything. There were fewer than four minutes of even-strength hockey in the period.
Ecah team was 0-for-3 on power plays.
Canadiens outshot Boston 9-8.
Boston and the Canadiens played a cautious Game 4 in Montreal Thursday night, producing a scoreless 60 minutes and greasy Overtime goal that won it for the visitors.
We could see a more wide-open Game 5.
Playing in front of their rabid home fans, the Bruins who have outhit the Canadiens in three games – are likely to be more physical than they were in that Bell Centre thriller.
It will be interesting to gauge the effect of the thumping on Max Pacioretty.
The Canadiens' leading regular-season scorer is having a tough time getting untracked in the series and sustained a big hit from Jarome Iginla in Game 4.
Pacioretty is not the only scoring forward mired in a slump. Linemates David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher are struggling. Thomas Vanek, who played with Tomas Plekanec and rookie Michäel Bournival, had no shots on goal in Game 4.
As noted by Patrick V. Hickey in his Gazette column, Boston's top line of Milan Lucic, Iginla and David Krejci has been minimally productive in the series.
Fearless prediction for Game 5: Matt Fraser won't score the winning goal.
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