The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Candiens by a score of 4-3 to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Canadiens tied the game with 2:57 left in the third with a PK Subban power play goal. It was the Canadiens second special teams goal of the game after Tomas Plekanec scored a shorthanded goal.
Nathan Horton scored the Bruins overtime goal 5:43 into the period to give the Bruins their third overtime win of the series, and their fourth to move on to face the Philadelphia Flyers. What led us to this point?
Number Five- Tim Thomas
If the Canadiens won this game this spot would have had Carey Price’s name next to it. The goaltending in this game was terrific with Price making 30 saves but it was Thomas who made 34 and just one more big one than the Habs. Thomas got some lucky saves and the Subban goal may have been odd, but he is one of the reasons the Bruins are in this position.
Number Four- Weird Seidenberg Play
This won’t go noticed all too much but there was a play in overtime that almost ended the Bruins season. After a Montreal shot Thomas did not see the puck in his crease behind him and while Dennis Seidenberg tried to get the puck out it was about an inch away from the goal-line. This was a play that will go mostly unnoticed, but this could have ended the game and the series.
Number Three- Johnny Boychuk Goal
It was key that the Bruins or Canadiens scored first. Johnny Boychuk, who had three goals scored all season, scored 3:31 into the game to give the Bruins a quick lead. This gave the Bruins some early momentum and they scored just two minutes later when Mark Recchi put it to the back of the net. Montreal was forced to call timeout which did help the Canadiens slow down the Bruins momentum in the game. But the goal by Boychuk gave the Bruins an early lead to work with and most importantly made sure the home team did not have to play from behind.
Number Two- Chris Kelly Goal
Kelly has been a bit of a scapegoat in Boston. I don’t know why, as he is a solid penalty killer and defensive forward. But after a defensive breakdown by the Canadiens, Kelly was left open in front of Price and he squeaked it behind his pads. The goal at 9:44 of the third period gave the Bruins the lead until Subban’s power play goal tied the game for the Habs.
Number One- Nathan Horton’s Goal
How could it be anything else? This goal gave the Bruins their first game seven win in the decade after four straight losses, and was Horton’s third goal in his first ever playoff series. It was his third goal in as many games as well, scoring in games five, six and seven.