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Bruins grabs upper hand, 3-2 series lead
Boston scored during two of its four power-play opportunities and won Game 5 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals, 4-2, at TD Garden. The Bruins entered the contest scoreless in eight power-play chances during their first four playoff games against Montreal.
Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson scored for the Bruins, who led 1-0 after 20 minutes and 3-1 entering the third. Soderberg also had two assists in the victory.
Boston broke things open by scoring two power-play goals in a 32-second span early in the second period. Smith made it a 2-0 game when the puck deflected off his skate and past Montreal goaltender Carey Price (30 saves) at 1:04, and Iginla increased the Bruins' lead to 3-0 at 1:36. Both goals came with Montreal's Tomas Plekanec in the penalty box with separate minor penalties.
Montreal defenseman P,K. Subban scored to make it a 4-2 game at 17:31 of the third. Subban leads all defenseman in playoff scoring with 12 points (four goals).
The Bruins collected the only goal in a first period that featured six power plays (three for each team). Soderberg scored from the left faceoff circle at 13:20. It was an even-strength goal, and his first career playoff goal. The assists went to Eriksson and Matt Bartkowski.