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Bruins push Habs to brink of elimination with Game 5 victory

May 10, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins are one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference final.

The Bruins were the dominant team in a pivotal Game 5 against the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, coming away with a 4-2 victory to take a 3-2 series lead. This series now shifts back to Montreal, with the Habs needing a win to force a seventh and deciding game against their long-time bitter rivals.

The animosity built early – with agitators Brad Marchand and Brendan Gallagher jawing off the opening faceoff – and continued throughout. But the Canadiens ran into discipline issues and the Bruins were all too happy to make them pay.

Boston scored a pair of power play goals just 32 seconds apart early in the second periodReilly Smith and Jarome Iginla tallied – to open up a three-goal lead. On both goals, Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec was in the box. He took three minor penalties through the first 22 minutes of the game, including one for knocking Tuukka Rask right over inside the Boston crease.

The Canadiens got one back to make it interesting late in the second period. Gallagher, who had been run into the end boards and was slow to get up, eventually did so, went to the net and had the puck deflect off him.

P.K. Subban also scored for Montreal, cutting Boston’s lead back down to two goals late in the third period. But it was far too late by that point.

Game 6 of this series goes Monday – back in Montreal.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Did you see PK make thorton flinch on the bench after the water bottle squirt ?

    • the8man - May 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Thornton would pound Subban into next week. And be happy to break both of his hands doing it. That being said, still a lot of work to do. This was a must win for the Bruins. Playing in Montreal, let alone succeeding, Monday night will be very difficult.

      No reason for the Habs to think they can’t force a game 7.

      Go Bs!

      • sabatimus - May 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        No he wouldn’t. Because Subban would collapse on the ice before you could say “turtle”.

    • sabatimus - May 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Did you see Thornton chuckling at PK after the water bottle squirt?

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Yeah and i think thorton squirted in his pants when he flinched

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      I keep rewinding its hilarious thorton even looks embarssed that he got punked he came up off the bench hahaha

      • shaundre93 - May 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        What’s hilarious is you grasping at straws to try to make the Bruins/Thornton look bad

      • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        I saw him laughing. No flinch. He would crush him, troll!

      • kovodisc - May 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Rewind back to the first period and watch from there.

        The outcome will be the same: Bruins domination.

      • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 11, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        Seriously dude? You’re a joke.

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      I saw PK dive at least twice. I guess that counts for something.

  2. dubblelznhell - May 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Thorton is a little punk and he and the rest of the Bruins will get their karma due. Whether it’s in the form of a game 7 loss in Boston or a series loss in the conference final. I was hoping subban poked him good there but glad he didn’t.

    • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Grow up! When the Bruins play their game the Habnots don’t have a chance. If Subban starts with Thornton, which he wont, he would get his face rearranged. Win it in Montreal B’s, give the morons up in Canada something to riot about. Pute domination by the B’s. Habnots looked like 💩!

      • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM


      • mangoman1966 - May 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Wasn’t Thornton concussed during a fight.this season. I know he s a real harass throwing a suckerpunch. Karma will come to him.

  3. davidmessina63 - May 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Nice win! I would do some Montreal bashing but just like their team they won’t show up on these boards.

  4. rahavort - May 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Hope after Subbans little cheer routine for scoring the goal that he looked up to the boards to see they were still down two goals

    • anotheryx - May 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      While I agree with you, that shot was an absolute laser. Too little too late though.

  5. shaundre93 - May 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I think you guys are taking that water bottle squirt a little seriously. It was literally nothing. That aside, nice to see the Bruins finally play their game. That 3rd line looks unreal right now, and I think that will be the reason the B’s win in 6. They have all the momentum and Rask is playing confidently again. Good show tonight!

    • davidmessina63 - May 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      I agree. They finally played like the Bruins. Eriksson was outstanding tonight.

  6. sabatimus - May 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Bruins were slow out of the gate, but played an excellent back 40.

  7. theskinsman - May 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Subban’s dive to draw a call late was rewarded with a goal, but wtf was he cheering about down 2 goals with so little time left? Great game, not so many clanging off the goal posts tonite.
    Habsman, take your head out of the oven, it’s not over yet.

  8. bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Where is montrealbbr? Mommy must have taken his computer away! Never comments when they lose! Goooooooooooooi B’s

  9. the8man - May 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    BTW, just browsed ESPN and Bruins-Habs not even on the front page, but the Sam being drafted by the Rams is.

    Really? Is that where we are now? Who cares?


    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Thats because the bruins are mr irrelivant and all you idiots pounding your chest about your fuul fledged goon beating up a norris trophy winner you should be imbarressed BOO flinched haha

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Embarressed BOO sean you flinched in your hockey pants

      • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        You should take an English course or have Mommy proof read for you. Go troll else where. Your team isn’t even in the playoffs anymore

      • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        You can’t even correct yourself right. Where is your team right now? Keep trolling.

      • kovodisc - May 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        The Bruins are Mr. Irrelivant? Do you mean “irrelevant”?

        How do you figure the Presidents trophy winner, and top seed in the NHL playoffs is irrelevant?

        Bitter much?

      • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        Beating up a Norris Trophy Winner?? Water Torture?

  10. dubblelznhell - May 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Thortons not tough. He’s a cocky puss bag, as oxymoronic a statement that is. All you latent bigots are wishing if you think Thorton would “rearrange” Subban’s face

    • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Are you serious? God I wish they would check IQ’s before you post on here. Typical Habnot fan grasping at straws. He does his job and there is no one on the Hab’s team that could do anything to him. How is your crap 4th line playing?

    • coacheskid - May 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      How would anyone know if subban is tough ? He’s never fought anyone

    • drewzducks - May 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Montreal is the Bigot Capitol of the world. Black face is still in vogue in Habsland.

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      That’s right, he’s so not tough that he routinely fights guys who are taller and have a longer reach than he does.

  11. davidmessina63 - May 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I just saw the interview with PK about the water. He said he got squirted a couple of times but that had nothing to do with them losing. He told the press that it’s not a story and they shouldn’t make a big deal about it.

    • kovodisc - May 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      And then proceeded to say that if he did it, it would be a story for days.

      Cocky much? Keep celebrating that personal success…

  12. homelanddefense - May 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I hope Subban recovers from that gunshot he suffered while drawing that penalty with a few minutes left.

  13. charastein - May 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Subban dialed 9-1-1 after the game after being shot by a water pistol.


    All the Habs need a shower anyway.

  14. dropthepuckeh - May 10, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Another game another dive by Eller to get a penalty. Pathetic play on first penalty.

    • rje49 - May 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      They’ve perfected the art of diving from way back. I remember when Derek Sanderson was a TV commentator back in the 80’s. He used to say the Montreal players would “go down as if they were shot”. Always thought it was a great line!

  15. oneil1234 - May 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Hey were not all morons up here in Canada, it’s just the dumbass separatists from Quebec. GO BRUINS!!

    • bsfan77 - May 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      I know, i was generalizing, sorry

  16. numbcracker2109 - May 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Serious trolling tonight…..

    At least they won this game convincingly so I could enjoy the game.

    And for the Montreal press: you can blow waterbottlegate out of proportion if you want, the reason the team is down is their first line of Vanek,Pacioretty and Desharnais has done NOTHING, and if they don’t find it the team is done. Maybe bring that up a time or two.

    • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 11, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      Well…..Vanek has done quite a bit….not in the last two games though.

  17. drewsylvania - May 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Elmer needs more glue to hold together his jock.

  18. drewsylvania - May 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Are all Habs fans as 12 as the ones here?

  19. shutton83 - May 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Third line for the B’s has been the difference maker so far, loved the play of all 3. Bartkowski played well but he needs to stay out of the box, #1 detractor of his play. Rask his finding his play again and that could be very scary going forward.

  20. kovodisc - May 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    “But Tuukka is such an overrated goalie and sucks against Montreal.”

    Boy that chatter seemed to die down pretty quickly…

  21. rje49 - May 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Question; on the first Montreal goal, I think it was #11 was standing completely in the blue paint in front of Rask when the puck was shot. What is the blue paint there for? Why did the goal count?

    • dolanster - May 11, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Because standing in the crease is no longer illegal, just goalie interference is. The blue paint is there to help the goaltender orient himself to the net area (because he can’t see the net behind him).

  22. mrhogan88 - May 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I did not like how the officiating was handled in the first period. This had been a good series all things considered as far as officiating was concerned. Why change it? You’re inviting diving and embellishment from both sides when you start making soft calls. Its a rivalry. Let them play and get as close to the edge as possible. Aside from that the Bruins were too good tonight. Finally played liked the best team in the league Hopefully my boys can pull one out Monday but I’m not holding my breath.

  23. dubblelznhell - May 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Rask DOES suck against Montreal. Just look at his career as a whole against the Habs…

    • drewzducks - May 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Correction, DID suck whereas Price now has a less than stellar 9-14 career playoff record against the Bruins.

  24. dubblelznhell - May 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Apr 30, 2014 – His career record against Montreal is 3-10-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .908 save percentage….

  25. joeman26 - May 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Thornton will never pound PK ….PK does the turtle to well

  26. pastabelly - May 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    That was the first game of the series that the Bruins played like they did when they rolled through March. Soderberg was great again and Fraser provides energy on that line as well.

  27. muckleflugga - May 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    my word, that was some pretty average hockey from two average teams … shoddy at times

    with penguins starting to look themselves and rangers suddenly rejuvenated, fans of either canadiens or bruins have to be worried at prospect of facing a team with actual skill

    truth be told, neither of boston nor montréal looked half as good as they did in the last game … looking at the posture of the skaters from mid-game onward, they’re starting to look like they’re body-sore and tired … even small battles and chicken fights are wearing guys out

    look at the massive body slam and general rag-dolling pk subban delivered to milan lucic … lucic was gassed and couldn’t lumber to the bench soon enough … but talk about tough and threatening once safely seated … oooooooo a true bench brawler … the same applies to thornton, the hundred and forty second fastest water bottle … in the east

    after lucic laid a proper hammering on the end glass after yet another blundering whiff, he was done truly for the night:

    looking at kings and ducks in the moment, both look like giants and they look fast and they look plain nasty … you think pk put the frighteners on lucic and thornton tonight, they’ll be wetting their beds when they roll this one back on their pvrs

    comforting for both is the probability they’ll be golfing when the hurly burly starts in earnest

    • cloudniner9 - May 11, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      what’s it like to have your own personal channel to watch the games on because you saw a completely different game then the rest of us, that or your just a complete nut job.

    • manninghasnt1sincespygate - May 11, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      Why don’t you take a timeout?

    • dboldave - May 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      I like the Penguins looking like themselves comment. That’s good stuff right there!

  28. montrealbbr - May 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Well its clear to me that the league wants their darling Bruins to make the eastern finals with all of the bad calls being made against Montreal. Looks like all of the crying that Julien did made a difference. This game was a joke with all of the bad calls against us. And that second goal was kicked in and should not have counted.

    Thorton should have been kicked out of the league when he attacked another player from behind and punched him while he was knocked out. This spraying of water is just another example of how classless this team really is.

    • davidmessina63 - May 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      So it’s the Refs and the league wanting the darling Bruins? Wow…that’s a serious excuse. Do you think that Montreal was the better team last night?

      Put this number in your phone. Sounds like you need it.

      Whine one one…..Dial that and they will send the Waaaaaaahmbulance for you.

    • cloudniner9 - May 11, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Just like a Habs fan to blame the refs when your team gets outplayed, take the blinders off and you will see the Canadians are not a very good team with the exception of Price and Subban, did you really think they would get past the second round. The only fanbase that’s starts planning the parade route in October, even the Leaf fans are not that out of touch

      • the8man - May 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Actually Montreal is a pretty good hockey team. They’ve really put it together after that comeback against Ottawa. And they are capable of winning this series and winning in the next round.

        This series was dead even before last night, and someone had to win game 5. That being said, I still think the Bruins, if they play to their potential, are better and should advance. But they play the games for a reason.

    • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      You know nothing montrealbbr. On Smith’s goal there was no kicking motion. It hit his skate and went in. The calls were good I thought. Whenever you open your mouth you just make your team look worse. Bottom line, the Habnots didn’t show up last night and the Bruins are playing THEIR style of hockey. If the Bruins keep playing like they did last night, you have no chance. Your coach is a fool for playing that goon Prust instead of Briere. Blame him for your loss, not the refs.

  29. LampyB - May 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I almost feel sorry for the Habs, their fanbase is so retarded. Montrealbbr has a brain the size of a pea!

    He continues to make it worse every time his mouth opens. Its the refs fault! Bad calls! Subban never dives! Hahaha

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