The Bruins scored twice in a span of 32 seconds to open the second period, extending their lead to 3-0 before the Canadiens got on the board to make it a 3-1 game.
Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla each scored their fourth goal of the playoffs on the power play to send the Garden into a frenzy.
At 1:04 into the second, Reilly Smith scored on the power play gives the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Smith deflected a Dougie Hamilton shot from the point. The goal snapped an 0-for-39 stretch for the Bruins against Montreal in postseason play. It was the first power play goal for the B’s against the Canadiens since Michael Ryder scored in Game 2 of the 2009 conference quarter final on April 18, 2009.
Then at 1:36 into the period, Jarome Iginla was fed a beautiful backhanded pass from Torey Krug and knocked it through the 5-hold on Carey Price to give the B’s a 3-0 lead at the time.
The Bruins are now 2-for-4 on the power play after the Iginla score, and are now 8-for-28 on the PP this postseason (28.6 percent).
“I had a couple of good looks on the power play,” Smith told CBS Radio between periods. “It was good to see that last one go in… We got back to the set that was working earlier in the year.”
Going forward into the third, Reilly said: “It’s tough ice out there, gotta be smart with the puck.”
The Garden crew has been dealing with slushy ice all night after a humid day in Boston.
At 14:39, the Canadiens scored on their fourth power play of the night when Plekanec fired in front of a crowd in front of Rask from the left wing circle and Brendan Gallagher deflected it into the net. Brad Marchand was in the penalty box during the score after getting called for a hold on Lars Eller.
Three of the four goals tonight have come on the power play.
Later in the period, Dougie Hamilton dove to cut off David Desharnais on the breakaway as he was closing in on Rask.
Soderberg nearly went in alone on Price but could not get his stick on the puck as Subban dove in to get a piece of the puck.
At 8:40 into the period, Subban and Lucic nearly came to blows after Subban started shoving him on the boards. Lucic showed tremendous discipline by not going after Subban and risking the penalty.
Bruins had a 13-11 shot advantage in the second. The B’s are 3-0 in the postseason when leading after two periods.