Twenty four goals have been scored in the 5 games between Boston and Montreal, with each team scoring twelve underlining just how close the series is. The Bruins are up 3-2 and looking to close the series tonight.  

Boston needed a double overtime to take the series lead and go back on the road where they have performed so well this season.  Home ice advantage is virtually nullified as Boston has won both games in this series in Montreal and if their record is any indication, would probably prefer playing in front of a hostile crowd rather than in the friendly confines of the Boston Garden.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has stood on his head this series and did so again on Saturday night turning aside 49 of 51 shots.  Unfortunately for the Habs, it was just not good enough as his counterpart Tim Thomas also turned in a stellar performance saving 44 of 45 shots and sealing a huge victory for the Boston Bruins.  The Canadiens have the advantage on special teams having killed all 15 of Boston’s power plays though their own power play unit has not fared as well, connecting on only 2 of 16 opportunities.  If the Canadiens are to push this series to a 7th and decisive game, they must figure out a way to put the puck in the net when presented with the man advantage. 

The Boston Bruins are looking to make history tonight.  Never, in their storied history have they come back from a 2-0 deficit to win an NHL playoff series.  The B’s are 0-26 in series’ where they dropped the first two games but ironically Montreal has lost their last two series where they won the first two games back in ’96 against the New York Rangers and again in 2006 against the Stanley Cup champions that year, the Carolina Hurricanes.  The Bruins have outshot the Canadiens throughout this series but perhaps the most revealing aspect of this tumultuous battle has been the recent uptick in performance by the Bruins top line.  Nathan Horton buried the game winner in Game 5 which was his second goal in as many games while Milan Lucic had 7 shots on goal on Saturday after tallying only 5 in the previous games combined.  Couple their recent contributions with the pivotal play of Michael Ryder who almost didn’t make the playoff roster and the outstanding goaltending of Tim Thomas and this is why the Bruins are in command headed into Game 6 tonight.

The Bruins have solved the riddle of the Canadiens to a point.  They understand the need to stay out of the penalty box and contain Montreal’s superior speed by being physical but not foolish.  The Bruins defense has been hammering Canadien attackers when they cross the blue-line and Thomas has been slamming the door shut on even Montreal’s most brilliant opportunities.  The game is listed as a pick tonight at the betting odds window which is apropos considering how tight the series has been thus far.  But the Bruins have thrived all year on the highway and with their first line now gelling, it should be a long night for the home team and the beginning of a celebration for the visitors.  Play the Boston Bruins -110.