Carl Soderberg and the Bruins look to take a 3-2 series lead in Game 5. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily.
It is now a best of three.
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have each won two games. Both went 1-1 in their own building. As a result of Matt Fraserís overtime heroics in Game 4, the Black and Gold regained home ice advantage and hope to take control of the series in Game 5 Saturday night at the TD Garden.
In a series that has seen everything from third period comebacks, to P.K. Subban breakaways and unlikely heroes, itís hard to predict what will happen next. Yet, that is the beauty of this Bruins-Canadiens rivalry: anything can happen.
Series Details: Tied 2-2
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
Networks: NBCSN, CBC, RDS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Location: TD Garden
Bruinsí projected lines:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Habs projected lines:
Max Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Thomas Vanek
Rene Bourque-Lars Eller-Brian Gionta
Danny Briere-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival-Travis Moen-Dale Weise
Josh Gorges-P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov-Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray-Mike Weaver
Morning skate update:
Milan Lucic took his maintenance day prior to Game 5, but should join his fellow line mates, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla, in the crucial game. After struggling through the first four games, the Bruins will need their top line to be up to the task as they look to take a 3-2 series lead (more on the first line struggles in the gameday edge).
Both the Bruins and Habs had an abbreviated skate on Saturday. The only possible change we could see is Douglas Murray - who was beaten to shreds on Fraserís game-winner - possibly being scratched on the Montreal blue-line.
Who to watch for in Game 5: Carl Soderberg and Alexei Emelin
Being up against the third defensive pairing through the first four games, Soderberg is taking advantage of the Murray-Weaver pairing. The Swede tallied the assist on Fraserís game-winner, yet his stats - two helpers in the first four games - arenít indicating his strong play. Soderbergís stick handling has been top notch and he also has nine shots in the series. Expect that to continue in Game 5.
After allegedly getting speared in the stomach by Lucic (again) in Game 4, Emelin will have a good reason to play with an edge. Heís been known to be physical - just look at the hit he delivered on Lucic in the last game of the regular season. Yet, like many of his fellow teammates, the Russian blue-liner is known to embellish. Just ask Jordan Caron, who was called for a phantom hook after Emelinís dive in Game 2.
Gameday edge: Bruins vs. Habs first line
Itís well known that the Lucic, Krejci, Iginla trio has been held at bay by the Habs in the first four games. Combined, the three have combined for a grand total of four points (two goals and two assists) while Krejci has been held scoreless by the Markov-Emelin duo. The trio was non-existent in Game 4 as they combined for five of the teamís 35 shots. That will need to change in Game 5.
While the Bruins top line has struggled, the Habs first line of Max Pacioretty, David Deharnais and Thomas Vanek have been equally stagnant. Aside from Vanek, who tallied two goals in Game 2 and an assist in Game 3, the three have struggled to get anything going against Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton.
Michel Therrien, on the other hand, likes to adjust his lines mid-game. Even so, guys like Thomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller, just to name a few, had some trouble getting around the Bruinsí D in Game 4. Will that change when the puck drops? Stay tuned.
A look back at Game 4: