The Boston Bruins won their third straight game versus the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in double overtime. The win gives the Bruins a 3-2 series lead as they head back to Montreal for game six. The Bruins had gone up 1-0 in the third period before the Canadiens came back to tie it. It took four and a half periods for Nathan Horton to score off a bad Carey Price rebound. What led us to this point?
Number Five- Jeff Halpern’s Goal
Brad Marchand had scored about ten minutes earlier in the third period to give the Bruins the lead, but the Canadiens fought back to tie the score. Jeff Halpern scored the lone goal for Montreal in only his second game since replacing Beniot Pouliot in the lineup. Lars Eller and Mathieu Darche recieved the helpers on the pass. The goal seemed to have given the Canadiens some momentum in the game and flew up and down the ice into the overtime period.
Number Four- Michael Ryder Shows Up Again
After his OT heroics in game four, Ryder came back with another tremendous effort in game five. He did not show up on the score sheet but he was one of the more energetic forwards on the Boston roster. Ryder took eight shots in the game, three on goal, and really contributed bringing energy into the game. His line of Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly also played well in the game.
Number Three- Brad Marchand’s Goal
Marchand scored the first goal of the game on a rebound that broke off the pads of Price. After a shot from Patrice Bergeron Marchand was ready to poke the puck into the net. Marchand has probably been the most consistent forward in the series for Boston thus far, though this is his first goal. Bergeron has two goals in the series and Marchand has an assist on both of them. Marchand was the seventh player award winner for the Bruins this season, and he is showing why.
Number Two- Tim Thomas’ OT Save
That may have been the save of the year.
Tim Thomas made an incredible save on Travis Moen just minutes before Horton’s game winner. Thomas has been fantastic for most of the Bruins three wins but this save may have saved their season. Thomas was 1-4 in home playoff games prior to this game and two of those four losses include this playoff. The defense has struggled for Boston most of this series, and Thomas has helped the Bruins survive it.
Number One- Nathan Horton’s OT Goal
Horton and the first line have been asleep most of this series, but rebounded nicely last game after Horton and David Krejci’s goals. This goal tonight from Horton was similar to the Marchand goal earlier in the game, as in the puck broke off of Price’s pads. Price has been a terrific rebound controller thus far this series, but these two cost the Canadiens dearly.
The Bruins and Canadiens face off on Tuesday back in the Belle Centre and the Bruins have a chance to clinch and go to the second round for the third year in a row.