It ain't over till ...
Thomas Vanek scored the only goal of the third period, his second of the game.
The stars come out to shine
A brilliant long-bomb pass by Nathan Beaulieu sent Max Pacioretty in on Tuukka Rask, who was beaten between his legs on a rolling puck.
On a Canadiens power play 2:15 later, Thomas Vanek batted in a loose puck.
The Canadiens earlier had survived a sequence when the D pairing, Josh Gorges and Mike Weaver, were trapped in their zone for almost three minutes.
Shots were 8-4 Boston.
Lars Eller took advantage of a Kevan Miller cough-up to beat Tuukka Rask barely two minutes into the game.
Rask made a brilliant paddle down save on Brendan Gallagher to prevent a 2-0 CH lead.
Loui Eriksson beat Carey Price but his shot hit the crossbar.
The second period will begin with the Canadiens on the power play as Dougie Hamilton took a roughing penalty when the period ended.
Shots were 11-8 Canadiens.
Win or go home
For the first time in the playoffs, your Montreal Canadiens face elimination.
But win or lose Monday night, it's been a great ride.
Six games into a semifinal round?
Yeah, most non-delusional fans would take that.
And the Canadiens could force a Game 7. But it won't be easy.
Boston has outplayed them at even strength in the series. The Bruins are rounding into the form that took them to two Stanley Cup finals in the last three years – and to the President's Trophy this season.
The Canadiens have made it this far on the strong backs of Carey Price and P.K. Subban.
Max Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais are MIA. Brandon Prust is too banged up to be effective. Douglas Murray has the advanced stats weenies on opioid painkillers.
But the Canadiens are alive.
And the Bell Centre will be rockin' for Game 6
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