Nathan Horton scored at 9:03 of the second overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Canadiens and a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Game six of the series will be played at the Bell Centre Tuesday with, if necessary, game seven back in Boston the next night.

It ended a goaltending duel between the Canadiens Carey Price and Boston’s Tim Thomas.  Price stopped 49 of 51 shots.  Thomas took care of 44 of 45. 

Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 4:33 of the third period.  Jeff Halpern tied the game at 13:06. 

Summing It Up –

…..In the end we’ll be looking back on two saves that were not counted in the shots on goal total.  Michael Ryder knocked a sure Tomas Plekanec goal away from the goalmouth with his glove at 8:15 of the first period.  And at 13:45 of the first overtime, Michael Cammalleri had an open net and had his shot go off the leg of Chara, who had his back to the play.  There was also the Mathieu Darche goalpost just one shift before Darche tied the game up.

……This game was about as even as it’s possible to get.  Going into the overtime, the shots on goal. hits, blocked shots and faceoffs were almost even.  And of course, so was the goaltending.

 …..The Bruins had the puck in the Canadiens end for long stretches in the first two periods, but in the end they were unable to get the puck away from the boards and into the scoring areas. 

……Both teams had only one consistent offensive line.  For the Bruins it was Bergeron, Recchi and Marchand.  For the Canadiens it was Plekanec, Kostitsyn and Cammalleri.  Although they were responsible for the game winning goal, the Krejci line continued to slump and the Gomez line continued to have problems for the Canadiens.. 

……It wasn’t until the Bruins made it 1-0 that the Canadiens offense started to wake up.  Jacques Martin started to shake up his lines.  Cammalleri moved to left wing with Gomez and Gionta.  Kostitsyn played a few shifts with Eller and Kostitsyn..  While defence wasn’t thrown to the four winds, the game did open up considerably.

……Midway through the third period, Martin moved David Desharnais over to left wing with Gomez and Gionta and suddenly the line came to life.  Then at the end of the first period Desharnais disappeared.  He played only one shift in the second overtime.  Injury?  Who knows?  If he’s healthy, we might expect that Desharnais may find himself with Gomez and Gionta again Tuesday. 

……The Canadiens lost defenceman James Wisniewski for the entire third period and half of the first overtime.   Then somehow, I assume with the miracle of modern medicine,  he returned to take eleven shifts in the overtime periods.

……Both P.K. Subban and Hal Gill will sleep well.  Subban played almost half of the game; 40:38 and a total of 50 shifts.  The 36 year old Gill logged 37:39 in 49 turns on the ice.  Roman Hamrlik, who let Nathan Horton get away from him for the winning goal put in five fewer minutes.  Sopel and Spacek spent long periods on the bench until Wisniewski left the game. 

……And so we go to game six in the Bell Centre.  This series has every indication of going the limit. 

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
30135 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 0 11 10 5 5 1 9 6 4
30135 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 0 14 19 2 6 -9 5 6 -10
30135 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 2 13 14 2 9 -10 11 7 -6
30135 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 2 10 16 2 9 -15 11 6 -10
30135 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 1 0 11 6 3 5 4 2 5 1
30135 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 0 1 11 16 0 6 -12 6 3 -9
30135 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 0 14 20 3 3 -6 5 5 -6
30135 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 1 2 40 44 10 19 -14 21 19 -12
30135 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 6 6 1 1 0 1 3 -2
30135 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 0 1 18 27 5 8 -13 8 4 -9
30135 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 2 10 16 2 9 -15 11 7 -11
30135 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 1 0 9 13 2 3 -4 2 5 -7
30135 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 0 0 5 3 2 3 1 4 2 3
30135 MTL 55 – D – SOPEL, BRENT 0 0 5 7 3 4 -3 5 5 -3
30135 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 0 11 6 5 1 9 4 4 9
30135 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 1 1 16 12 3 8 -1 6 10 -5
30135 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 1 1 19 16 4 7 0 8 10 -2
30135 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 1 0 11 7 4 3 6 3 4 5
30135 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 0 5 2 2 3 2 4 2 4

 

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
30135 BOS 11 – C – CAMPBELL, GREGORY 0 1 4 4 1 2 -2 3 1 0
30135 BOS 12 – D – KABERLE, TOMAS 1 1 6 11 2 5 -8 5 3 -6
30135 BOS 17 – L – LUCIC, MILAN 1 0 17 13 5 3 7 5 8 4
30135 BOS 18 – R – HORTON, NATHAN 1 0 13 17 6 1 2 6 4 4
30135 BOS 20 – L – PAILLE, DANIEL 0 0 3 4 0 2 -3 2 1 -2
30135 BOS 21 – D – FERENCE, ANDREW 1 0 20 15 6 3 9 8 11 6
30135 BOS 22 – L – THORNTON, SHAWN 0 0 2 4 0 2 -4 2 1 -3
30135 BOS 23 – C – KELLY, CHRIS 0 1 7 12 8 5 -3 7 6 -2
30135 BOS 28 – R – RECCHI, MARK 1 0 15 9 4 0 11 5 7 9
30135 BOS 30 – G – THOMAS, TIM 2 1 44 40 19 10 14 19 21 12
30135 BOS 33 – D – CHARA, ZDENO 0 0 16 12 9 2 11 5 9 7
30135 BOS 37 – C – BERGERON, PATRICE 1 0 18 9 6 2 14 5 8 11
30135 BOS 44 – D – SEIDENBERG, DENNIS 0 0 16 16 9 1 8 6 10 4
30135 BOS 46 – C – KREJCI, DAVID 1 1 17 15 5 2 5 5 7 3
30135 BOS 49 – C – PEVERLEY, RICH 0 0 7 11 7 5 -2 6 7 -3
30135 BOS 54 – D – MCQUAID, ADAM 1 1 9 9 2 4 -2 6 2 2
30135 BOS 55 – D – BOYCHUK, JOHNNY 1 0 21 17 10 5 10 8 7 11
30135 BOS 63 – C – MARCHAND, BRAD 1 0 18 13 6 0 12 4 6 10
30135 BOS 73 – R – RYDER, MICHAEL 0 0 7 8 7 6 0 6 7 -1