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(/Charles Krupa | The Associated Press) Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski (43) drops Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise, right, to the ice on a hard check during the third period of Game 5 in the second-round of the Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
NHL roundup: Power-play goals lift Boston over Montreal
NHL » Bruins gain upper hand against Canadiens.
First Published May 10 2014 11:16 pm • Last Updated May 10 2014 11:45 pm

Boston • It took the Boston Bruins five years to score a power-play goal in the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens.

They needed only 22 seconds to do it again.

At a glance

NHL playoffs

Saturday

» Boston 4,Montreal 2

Bruins lead series 3-2

» Anaheim 2,Los Angeles 0

Series tied 2-2

Sunday

» Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m., NBCSN

Penguins lead series 3-2

» Minnesota at Chicago, 7 p.m., CNBC

Series tied 2-2

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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 on Saturday night. The victory in Game 5 gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and a chance to eliminate its Original Six archrival in Montreal on Monday night.

"It’s been a little bit. We all know that," said Iginla, who just joined the team this season. "Guys are on it, and we want to come through on the power play."

Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal. Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban scored for the Canadiens, who need a victory in Game 6 on Monday to force the series back to Boston for seventh game Wednesday night.

"I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s going to be a tough game," Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. "You have to be prepared for everything, because you can’t expect anything less from that team."

Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson also scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots, extending his shutout streak to 122 minutes, 6 seconds before Gallagher scored to make it 3-1 on a power play with 5:21 left in the second period.

Subban had a late goal on a power play with Price pulled to make it a 6-on-4. The Canadiens played much of the last five minutes with an empty net, but could not get closer than two-goals down.

The most-decorated team in the NHL, Montreal has reached the conference finals just once since winning its 24th Stanley Cup title in 1993.

"It has to be desperation mode," Price said. "We’ve got enough guys here that have faced that type of situation we’re in."


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Kings 2, Ducks 0 • In Los Angeles, John Gibson made 28 saves in his dynamic NHL playoff debut, captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and Anaheim evened its second-round playoff series with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4.

Devante Smith-Pelly also scored in the first period and Corey Perry had two assists for the top-seeded Ducks, who bounced back from two series-opening losses at home with consecutive victories at Staples Center.



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