The Bruins took their first lead in their best-of-seven series vs the Canadiens, winning 4-2 in Game 5 at the TD Garden on Saturday.
If it felt like you hadn't seen the team on your TV screen (or if you were at the game) in some time, you weren't alone.
|Loui Eriksson beats Carey Price to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead in Game 5 (via ESPN.com)|
After trying to toe the line of being civil and playing along with how the Canadiens wanted them to, the Bruins finally snapped out of their trance and played like the team we all remember.
The Black and Gold reestablished the nasty. They brought the hate. They brought the speed, the crushing body hits and the rough stuff after the whistle. And the goals followed.
Here are the stats and facts from the 4-2 victory:
- Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in time-on-ice with 24:36. He recorded an assist on Jarome Iginla's power-play goal in the second period, landed two shots-on-goal, blocked four shots and landed four hits. Yet another hard night's work for the captain.
- Johnny Boychuk was the only other Bruin to log over 20 minutes of ice time, finishing with 22:22 for the night.
- Carl Soderberg was handed the "Player of the Game" jacket, courtesy of Matt Fraser, who was awarded the threads after his overtime-winner in Game 4.
- Soderberg scored his first-career postseason goal in the first period, joining Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Florek, Jordan Caron and Matt Fraser as the other Bruins to do so in these playoffs.
- Soderberg finished with a three point night (1 goal, 2 assists) to register his third-career three point game. The other two came on 12/23/13 at Nashville and 3/29/14 at Washington.
- Matt Fraser recorded his first-career postseason assist on Soderberg's goal.
- Matt Bartkowski picked up the secondary assist on Carl's goal, giving him his first point of the 2014 playoffs and his third-career postseason point. He scored a goal and recorded an assist vs Toronto last year.
- Of the top-9 forwards for the Bruins, only David Krejic and Brad Marchand have yet to score a goal in the 2014 playoffs. Even the players on the ever-rotating spot on the third line left-wing (Matt Fraser, Justin Florek, Daniel Paille) have scored goals for the B's.
- Jarome Iginla's power-play goal in the second period was his 13th-career goal on the man-advantage in the playoffs and his 36th career postseason goal. He has 67 points in 79 postseason games.
- Reilly Smith's power-play goal just before Iginla's in the second period snapped a three series, 14-game, 0-39 streak on the power-play vs the Habs. The last PPG scored before Smith's? April 18, 2009 by Michael Ryder in Game 2 at the Garden.
- The Bruins scored 10 power-play goals in 25 games during their 2011 run to the Cup. They've scored 8 PPGs in 10 games played this postseason.
- Torey Krug recorded his 9th-career postseason assist on Iginla's goal, giving him 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in 25-career postseason games.
- David Krejci had the best night at the faceoff dot of anyone, winning 11 out of 18 draws for a 64% clip.
- The Bruins landed 39 hits, with Milan Lucic leading the way with seven, followed by Matt Bartkowski with six and Zdeno Chara with four.
- The penalty kill unit came up big in the first period, and save for a Brendan Gallagher deflection in the crease and a P.K. Subban rocket late in the game, they would've had a flawless night again. Greg Campbell logged 4:58 TOI shorthanded, which was 37% of his total ice time on the night. Same goes for Danny Paille, as he logged 3:00 flat shorthanded, good for 33% of his total ice time.
- Zdeno Chara (5:06) and Kevan Miller (4:37) led the Boston d-men in shorthanded time on ice.
- After killing the Bruins with two power-play goals in Game 2, Thomas Vanek has been held to just 1 assist in three games since.
- P.K. Subban recorded the worst corsi percentage of any Canadiens player in Game 5, finishing with a 32%.