Liveblog: Eastern Semifinal Game 5 – Bruins win 4-2, take series lead

Bruins celebrate

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.


Penalties hurt

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.

Mistakes hurt

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.

Best-of-three begins

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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Michael Farber on the epic Too-Many-men series

• I defy  anyone to not dab at a tear or two while watching the great Martin St. Louis after Friday's win by the Rangers:


  1. big_green_puffin says:

    The consolation is, HNIC will be hosted by George Strombo! Who is a major Habs fan! Hopefully he wears a habs jersey every game!

  2. NLhabsfan says:

    Good time to freeze

  3. NLhabsfan says:

    Had to switch to RDS can’t stand the negative vibes I get from CBC

  4. D Mex says:

    Bush league move by Thornton with the water bottle.
    Minor league move by the NHL to do nothing about it.

    Buttman, Daly, and too flippin’ many franchise owners who grew up worshiping the greenback instead of an outdoor rink, a wooden stick and a net to bury a puck into. Too many who couldn’t stand up in a pair of skates to save their lives.

    It’s an issue, and it’s not insignificant : they don’t know where the game began or have a real understanding of what it takes to play it. Buttman makes me ill any time he spouts off about ” our game “, or flips his limp little wrist when pretending he knows more than he does. He knows nothing about the game, so he hasn’t a clue that spraying water at a player who’s carrying the puck is akin to a coach impeding a ball carrier running down a football sideline.

    If Buttman had any appreciation for this game, and what it means, or how difficult it really is to win the Stanley Cup, he would be directing that stupid grin be wiped from Thornton’s kisser, and fining his owner’s ass at the same time.

    No knowledge of the game, no integrity, no credibility. Get this game into Canadian hands – soon, or kiss what’s left of the NHL’s credibility goodbye.
    Its CEO can’t even tie his own skates.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  5. RH says:


  6. RH says:

    Gnitel Habs will WIN!

  7. RH says:


  8. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Here’s the video:

    When I hear people defend this brute as “a honorable” player, it makes me sick. He’s just a stupid goon like the rest of his ilk.

  9. RoySubbanPrice says:

    Would so like for the shawn Thornton to have to eat crow for the rest of this series, and RIP the smile off Glenn Healy’s face with a Habs Comeback
    No one remembers those who play average – PK Subban

  10. RH says:

    I guess I have NO help here. The supposed Vezina winner SUCKS! The BEST players on the ice wear blue,blanc et rouge! If others can contribute, Habs win!

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