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Disastrous Last 5:00 in Second Period Sees the Bruins Facing a 3-0 Deficit

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Max Pacioretty won a footrace against Zdeno Chara and beat Tuukka Rask to make it 2-0 Canadiens late in the second period. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Just when it looked like the Bruins were going to get themselves back in Game 6, a sequence of 2:15 late in the second period turned a 1-0 manageable deficit into a 3-0 hole.

The Bruins were playing their best second period of the series, as they killed a huge penalty to start the period and had almost two straight minutes of offensive zone time halfway through.

Milan Lucic had a golden chance to tie the game as the puck found his stick with an open net in front of him, but he fired it through the crease and out the other side. Loui Eriksson also had a chance while he was planted in front of the net, but couldnít get his stick down on the loose puck.

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With just under five minutes to play, the Canadiens cleared the puck and found a streaking Max Pacioretty that Zdeno Chara couldnít keep up with. Tuukka Rask got caught in no-manís land and froze between playing the puck and protecting the net long enough for Pacioretty to beat him five-hole to make it 2-0.

The Canadiens strong power play flexed their muscles again while Gregory Campbell was in the box for high sticking Andrei Markov, and it took only 26 seconds before Thomas Vanek punched the puck past Rask to make it 3-0.

The Bruins have been one of the best third period teams in the league this season, and that has transferred to the playoffs, but it will take nothing short of a miracle by the Bruins to avid the Canadiens sending their game to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday.