Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 5: Nathan Horton Nets Winner For Boston In Double Overtime

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins Final Score: Nathan Horton Goal Gives Boston Win In Double Overtime

Talk about an epic game. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens fought an epic double overtime battle on Saturday night, and the Bruins emerged victorious, thanks to Nathan Horton's game winning goal, giving Boston the win by a score of 2-1. Montreal goalie Carey Price was brilliant all night, but there was nothing that he could do about Horton's winner, which was very well set up by the rest of his linemates.

Though Horton scored the winner, there's no question that the first star of the game should be Boston goalie Tim Thomas. His brilliant pad save on Brian Gionta just minutes earlier, denying Montreal a goal on a two-on-one scoring opportunity, was easily the biggest play of the game. His counterpart, price, had a number of great saves of his own, as the two squared off in a truly memorable goaltender duel. Both net minders had save percentages better than 96 percent on the night.

Boston now lead the series 3-2, and just as importantly, they notched the first home win of this series. They'll have a serious advantage going into Tuesday's Game 6 in Montreal, where they will have the opportunity to secure passage into the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

For more on this game, Canadiens fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize and Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 5: Double Overtime? Yeah, Sure, Why Not

Have you ever thought to yourself "I'm not sure whether or not playoff hockey is the greatest thing ever"? If you have, I don't think we're ever going to be friends. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are about to play a second overtime, as Game 5 of their playoff series is still tied up at 1-1 after 20 minutes of bonus hockey.

Tim Thomas and Carey Price continue to put on a show. It's been one of those games where they'll probably hug each other at the end because they know that they were part of something special. Both teams could have scored three or four times in the first overtime, and each time, they were somehow denied.

Mike Cammalleri had the best chance of the first overtime period about halfway through, when he shot on a seemingly open net, only to put his shot off of the leg of Zdeno Chara, who had skated in front of the net as Thomas attempted to recover from a save. They had a few other shots of note, but Thomas was lights out, snagging one particularly memorable glove save off of a rip by James Wisniewski.

The Bruins had a power play at the end of the period, but great defense and Carey Price kept them out of the back of the net, forcing a second overtime period. If it's half as good as the first, this is going to be an all-time classic.

For more on this game, Canadiens fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize and Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 5: A Goal Apiece In Third Period Sends Game To Overtime

Sprawling saves, dramatic goals, big hits, physical play...what more could you want from a hockey game? So far, Game 5 between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins has been absolutely fantastic. This is the second game of the 2011 NHL Playoffs that has felt like something with "instant classic" potential, after the San Jose Sharks great four goal comeback against the Los Angeles Kings. It's been absolutely dead even so far, and nothing but overtime would have done this one justice.

Early in the period, it looked like the Bruins were finally going to gain the upper hand. After a bit of a scramble that ended up with the puck getting deflected across the front of the net, Brad Marchand was able to tap in a goal, thanks to a little luck and some hard work by Patrice Bergeron. Those two have been the Bruins two best forwards all night, and though the deflection of the puck right to Marchand in front of the goal was a bit fortunate, their goal was deserved.

The Habs would find their equalizer, though, in eerily similar fashion to the way the Bruins scored their goal. Since every aspect of the game has been even throughout, it's fitting that both teams scored their goal in the same way. Lars Eller and Mathieu Darche, who had worked hard all night, found a way to get the puck across the face of the goal to a waiting Jeff Halpern, who tapped it in, just like Marchand. Carey Price and Tim Thomas, who have both been outstanding, were equally helpless on the two goals.

Strap in for overtime, kids. It's going to be a good one.

For more on this game, Canadiens fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize and Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 5: Scoreless Second Period Has Overtime Feel

I am not a fan of the Montreal Canadiens or the Boston Bruins. Still, I've found myself on the edge of my seat throughout the second period, feeling as if it was the end of the game. It's 0-0, and every shot is gut-wrenching. For some reason, this game is already approaching the feel of overtime in Game 7. These 0-0 hockey games are nerve-wracking.

Everything about the second period of this game was dead even. Both teams had decent chances, but both defenses and goalies were impeccable. The big defensemen for each team, Zdeno Chara and Hal Gill, are playing great games. It's getting more physical and the teams are looking more willing to start a big brawl the longer this one goes without a goal. 

Goal-fests can be fun, but in such a high scoring year as this one has been, these 0-0 draws are pretty enthralling. A goal has to come eventually, and it could feel like life or death when it hits.

For more on this game, Canadiens fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize and Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 5: Scoreless After One Period

There's no score from TD Garden in Game 5 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, but the lack of scoring doesn't mean that the game has lacked action. Boston have looked like the better team (at home!!!), while Montreal actually had the best scoring opportunity of the first half.

With around 12 minutes remaining in the period, Tim Thomas was caught out of his net during a flurry of chances for the Habs. Michael Ryder instinctively got in front of the net in Thomas's absence, and made the play of the game when he used his hand to make a save, as if he were an actual goaltender. Tomas Plekanec was the man who was denied, and probably can't believe he didn't score.

Other than the Ryder block on Plekanec, the Boston Bruins had most of the other good chances in the first period. The Habs routinely made bad giveaways, but Boston's strategy seemed to be to play it simple and just throw pucks at the net. So, while Carey Price was very good in the first period, he was not made to do anything truly spectacular.

Eventually, if the Habs keep giving the puck away, they're going to pay the price. They'll have to clean up their game in the second period to keep the road win streak alive in this series.

For more on this game, Canadiens fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize and Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 5: Will Home Ice Finally Be An Advantage?

As has been well documented, all four of the first four games of this series have been won by the road team. Obviously, there were some extenuating circumstances in a couple of cases (like Zdeno Chara's illness), but that doesn't change the fact that the road team has played the better hockey in this series. Maybe both teams feel like they play better when they have no distractions, or when they can feel like the world is against them. Whatever it is that is causing this phenomenon, it's in the best interest of the Boston Bruins to reverse it tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

This series has heated up after Andrew Ference gave the middle finger to the Montreal fans, but his defense might upset people more than the action himself. I'll let the man speak for himself:

"I was pumping my fist...I'm not giving anybody the bird or anything like that. [It was] an unintentional bird that I obviously apologized for. It wasn't meant to insult anybody, especially a whole row of cameras in the Bell Centre and the fans sitting there."

True story: Once in elementary school, I got suspended because the principal saw me flip off a kid. I told him that we were playing basketball and that it was an accidental part of the follow-through on my jump shot. He didn't buy it. This is essentially the exact same thing.

For more on this game, Canadiens fans should check out Habs Eyes On The Prize and Bruins fans should head over to Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

There are a lot of coaches who, when interviewed on television, will talk about intricate strategy. In the cases of Jacques Martin and Claude Julien, the message has been simple. Something along the lines of "We just need to play hockey." Indeed.

With the game tied up at 2-2, there's no debate that this one is massive. The winner of this game will have an obviously gigantic leg up in the series. Here's to hoping both teams go out and "play hockey."

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