Boston Bruins (3-2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (2-3)
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bell Centre
TV/Radio: NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will look to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday night in Game 6 at the Bell Centre. Boston blew past Montreal in Game 5, winning 4-2. A win would send them into the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year.
The Bruins established their style of hockey in Game 5 and forced Montreal to play it. As a result of that, the Canadiens stuggled to generate offense and broke down defensively. A tight-checking effort, coupled with the fact that Boston fired as many pucks as possible on Carey Price, paved the way.
Tuukka Rask has been dialed in over the past two games. He shutout Montreal in Game 4 and allowed just two goals on Saturday night. If he can keep up his lights out play, the Canadiens are as good as done.
Boston’s third line of Carl Soderberg, Matt Fraser and Loui Eriksson are coming off a breakout game. The trio combined for six points in their last outing. Soderberg led the way, scoring once and assisting on two goals.
Though by no means are the Bruins taking the Canadiens for granted. Boston will be hard-pressed to repeat such a strong performance, especially in enemy territory. A fast start will be key. The Bruins seem to thrive when playing with a lead.
The Bruins haven’t held many leads in this series, though when they grabbed one in Game 5, things seemed to snowball in favor of them. Doubts will begin to creep into the heads of the Canadiens if the Bruins come out strong, dial up the hits and find the net early and often.
With all the pressure on the Canadiens and the momentum tilted to one side, the Bruins are primed to deliver a knock-out blow.
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