No surprise: The Bruins and Canadiens are heading to Game 7
The Bruins and Canadiens are heading to a deciding Game 7, which will be played Wednesday night in Boston.
The series has been full of ups and downs for both teams, with the momentum seeming to swing like a pendulum in each direction.
The Canadiens won the first game in Boston, stealing away home-ice advantage that the Bruins had gained in the regular season by winning the President's Trophy with the best record in the NHL. The Bruins won the 2nd game, and then split two games in Montreal to retake the advantage.
The Bruins took Game 5, giving them a chance to win the series last night. But alas, it was not meant to be.
From the drop of the puck, the Bruins seemed doomed. Only 2 minutes and 11 seconds into the game, a pass deflected off defenseman Torey Krug's stick and bounced straight to Lars Eller, who had a nearly wide open shot on goal, right past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who desperately tried to lunge at the puck in a futile attempt.
The Canadiens continued to attack the goal, and were successful several times. Max Pacioretty knocked in a rebound, Thomas Vanek scored a power play goal, and then Vanek scored again with an empty netter in the 3rd.
The Bruins, on the other hand, were unable to get anything going offensively. Even in portions of the game that they dominated, they weren't able to put the puck in net. Between Carey Price playing outstanding in goal and a few shots that went off the post, the Bruins couldn't manage to sneak in a single goal.
The Bruins were able to neutralize PK Subban for the most part, although he played extremely well defensively, and continued to be one of the Canadiens' most influential players despite being kept off the offensive score sheet.
The Bruins and Canadiens have been battling back and forth this entire series, and there's no doubt that Game 7 will be a physical and well-played matchup.
My pick: Bruins win it, 3-1.