Battling Bruins beat Canadiens to take series lead

Sun May 11, 2014 12:22am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Boston Bruins moved within one game of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals when they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in Game Five of their semi-final on Saturday.

Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 after a second straight win, leaving Montreal one loss away from elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"I thought we've been battling really good here and we were down 2-1 (in the series) and now we're up 3-2, so, definitely a much better feeling," Boston right winger Loui Eriksson said.

"But still, we know it's going to be a tough game, the next game (Monday night in Montreal), so we have to be ready and focus for that."

Carl Soderberg, Eriksson's Swedish countryman and center on Boston's third line, scored his first NHL playoff goal and added two assists as the Bruins, with the help of two power-play goals in 32 seconds, built a 3-0 lead and never let Montreal get closer than two the rest of the way.

The power-play goals, which turned a 1-0 lead into a 3-0 advantage early in the second period, ended a run of 39 straight failed Boston playoff power plays against Montreal dating back to 2009.

Right wingers Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored the goals, both on penalties against Montreal center Tomas Plekanec.

Right winger Brendan Gallagher and defenseman P.K. Subban scored their fourth respective goals of the playoffs for the Canadiens.

Soderberg has five points in the series, but this was clearly his best game.   Continued...

May 10, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Loui Eriksson (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in game five of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports