Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Bruins move one win from spot in East final

BOSTON — It took the Bruins five years to score a power-play goal in the playoffs against the Canadiens.

They needed only 32 seconds to do it again.

Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored on back-to-back advantages to help the Bruins snap an 0-for-39 postseason power-play drought against Montreal and beat the Canadiens 4-2 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday night.

Boston took a 3-2 lead in the series and can eliminate Montreal on Monday night.

The Bruins had not scored a power-play goal in the playoffs against the Canadiens in 39 tries over 14 playoff games dating to 2009. With Montreal's Tomas Plekanec off for interfering with goalie Tuukka Rask at the start of the second period, Reilly Smith redirected Dougie Hamilton's shot past Carey Price 1:04 in to make it 2-0.

Sixteen seconds later, Plekanec was sent off again, this time for high-sticking. Six seconds into the power play, the Bruins made it 3-0 on a backhand crossing pass from Torey Krug to Jarome Iginla.

"I think our power play wasn't effective the first period," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We had a little chat after the opening period about turning up the intensity. Then when we scored the two goals, and the power play was huge."

One of the main talking points after the game was Bruins agitator Shawn Thornton squirting Montreal's P.K. Subban with water from the bench as Subban skated past with the puck late in the game.

"It hit me in the visor, and I couldn't even see for the last minute and a half out there," Subban said. "I was pretty upset about that.

"I don't expect it to be a story. Whatever it takes to win."

Julien said he didn't see the squirting but "I don't support those types of things."

Bruins1214
Canadiens0112

First1, Bos, Soderberg 1 (Eriksson, Bartkowski), 13:20. PenaltiesPacioretty, Mon (hooking), 4:00; Gallagher, Mon (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:12; Marchand, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:12; Bartkowski, Bos (holding), 6:12; Plekanec, Mon (interference), 7:58; Hamilton, Bos (interference), 14:46; Fraser, Bos (delay of game), 17:00; Plekanec, Mon (goaltender interference), 19:43.

Second2, Bos, Smith 4 (Hamilton, Soderberg), 1:04 (pp). 3, Bos, Iginla 4 (Krug, Chara), 1:36 (pp). 4, Mont, Gallagher 4 (Plekanec, Markov), 14:39 (pp). PenaltiesPlekanec, Mon (high-stick), 1:30; Marchand, Bos (hold), 13:01.

Third5, Bos, Eriksson 2 (Fraser, Soderberg), 14:12. 6, Mont, P.Subban 4 (Pacioretty, Markov), 17:31 (pp). PenaltiesBartkowski, Bos (holding), 16:38. Shots on GoalMont 9-11-11—31. Bos 8-13-9—30. PP oppsMont 2 of 5; Bos 2 of 4. GoaliesMont, Price 6-3-0 (30 shots-26 saves). Bos, Rask 7-3-0 (31-29).

blackhawks-wild: Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was suspended two games for boarding Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Chicago's 4-2 loss that tied their Western Conference semifinal at two games each late Friday. The hit occurred in the second period. Bollig was assessed a two-minute minor. Ballard did not return to the game and did not make the trip to Chicago for Game 5 tonight.

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