Nathan Horton was tonight's hero as the Bruins forward found the back of the net 9:03 into the second overtime session to down the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 and take a 3-2 series lead.
After 44:33 of scoreless hockey, Brad Marchand finally opened the scoring in the third period. Marchand sent a pass through the slot to Patrice Bergeron at the left post. Bergeron's stick snapped while trying to get a shot off and the puck deflected off the skate of P.K. Subban and on continued on to the blade of Marchand's stick at the right post, where he jammed it home for a 1-0 lead.
The Habs answered back at 13:56 of the third period on a goal from Jeff Halpern. Adam McQuaid coughed up the puck behind the Bruins net under forechecking pressure from the Habs and sent the puck out to the slot where it pinballed off of Gregory Campbell and eventually to the stick of Jeff Halpern, who put the puck past Tim Thomas to tie up the game at 1-1 with just over six minutes to play in regulation.
In overtime, both teams had a few near misses and scoring opportunities, but neither team could find the back of the net until nearly midway through the second overrtime. No save was bigger than Tim Thomas' left-pad kick-out on Brian Gionta's shot in the second overtime session after going post to post to shutdown the Habs' 2-on-1 bid.
Nathan Horton sent the TD Garden crowd home happy when his game-winner found the back of the net 9:03 into the second overtime. Hathan Horton cycled the puck out high and left it for Milan Lucic, before driving to the net. Lucic moved the puck to Andrew Ference, who skated the puck to the top of the left circle and put a shot on goal. The rebound tipped off the stick of Milan Lucic and on to Horton at the door step for the game-winner.
- Tim Thomas made 44 saves while Carey Price stopped 49 shots in a goaltender's duel in Game 5.
- Injured Montreal forward Max Pacioretty tweeted (and deleted) a comment about Brad Marchand's appearance saying "this game is longer than marchands nose" just moments before Marchand's goal. That my friends is what you call karma.
- Michael Ryder showed off his offensive skill set last night by scoring 2 goals including the game-winner in OT. Tonight, he surprised everyone by showing what he can do at the other end of the rink. In the first period, the former Newfoundland champion ball hockey goalie blocked a shot in the crease to keep the game scoreless. Late in the first overtime, he rushed back into the defensive zone to prevent a breakaway after a Bruins defenseman was beat after pinching in at the offensive blue line.
- Milan Lucic led all skaters with 8 shots on net.
- Dennis Seidenberg turned in a solid performance after a shaky Game 4. Seidenberg logged a team-high 38:15 and game-high 6 blocked shots.
- Both teams had some heart attack-inducing moments in the overtime sessions. Carey Price misplayed the puck in the first overtime and almost let the puck trickle in. The Habs had a chance to put the game away in the second overtime when Mike Cammalleri's shot on an open net deflected off of Patrice Bergeron before striking Zdeno Chara in the back of the leg.
- The Bruins are off until Tuesday when they travel to Montreal for Game 6. I'm guessing both teams could use the rest after that marathon game tonight.
"It was a 2 on 1. My thought was just trying to get it on the net and get it over him. He is a pretty good goalie and he moves well side to side and he just read it."
Brian Gionta on Tim Thomas robbing him in double OT
"I have said it before, no one feels it more than the guys in this room. We want to win and we have the confidence that we are a better team. We have two more games to do that."
Brian Gionta when asked about Habs fans being upset
"Tired. It was a hard fought game."
Carey Price on what he is feeling after the game
"It is our team versus their team, not me versus Timmy"
Carey Price on the goaltending matchup
"Yeah, it was very exciting. It was nice to get the monkey off the back."
Brad Marchand on his 1st playoff goal
"Yeah, I walked in between one of the periods and saw it on TV. But stuff happens."
Brad Marchand when asked if he knew about Max Pacioretty's tweet
"Yeah, I didn’t know it. I scored quickly after but it’s always nice to just kind of rub it in a little."
Brad Marchand on if Pacioretty's tweet made his goal sweeter
"No, Twitter is not for me. I’ll try and stay away from that stuff, get me in trouble."
Brad Marchand when asked if he will respond to Pacioretty on Twitter
"It was an exciting game for both teams, but in the end it felt good to get that. We knew it was going to be a greasy goal, and it sure was. It was a rebound, but they all count. It was a big goal for us."
Nathan Horton on his game-winning goal
"Yeah, that was. Carey [Price] played a very good game, he made some really good saves. My job, like I’ve said it before, I’m not really playing against Carey so to speak, but tonight I was in a way. Just because whenever he made saves, I had to make sure I made the saves because it was such a tight game."
Tim Thomas on the goaltending duel with Carey Price
"Well when it started I actually came out and was playing it as if [Travis] Moen would have a breakaway, because that’s what it looked like, a break, right off the start. And then I realized my D was going to get back and make it a two-on–one, and I was out pretty far so I had to make sure I started to get my backward momentum going so I could play both the shot and the pass. And I was just barely had enough speed to be able to make that push over on the pass. And I was just fortunate enough to get a leg out and cover that part of the net."
Tim Thomas describing his save on Brian Gionta