Carl Soderberg put the Bruins on top 1-0 with the first playoff goal of his career.
After a close icing call on Tomas Plekaniec, the Bruins scored first at 13:20 when Matt Bartkowski dumped the puck behind the net, Loui Eriksson passed it over to Soderberg who knocked it in from the left wing circle.
Soderberg became the sixth Bruin to score his first playoff goal this postseason, joining Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron, Justin Florek, and Matt Fraser.
The B’s will start the third period with 1:44 on the PP as Plekanec went to the box with 16 seconds left for interference on Tuukka Rask after we nearly had a brawl in front of the Boston net. Rask made a sprawling save after a giveaway, and Plekanec barrelled into him trying to poke the puck home and was called for interference. Rask responded by giving Plekanec a shot right back.
This was the second first period goal of the series and the Bruins are 5-0 when scoring first in the playoffs. The team that scored the first goal has won each game of the series so far.
The other story of the first period was penalties, something we didn’t see much of in Game 3. The Bruins were able to kill off three Montreal penalties while being 0-for-3 on the own power play.
Rask earlier made big pad save on Max Pacioretty but Dougie Hamilton went to the box for interference at 14:46.
With 3:00 minutes to go in the first, Rask was charged with a delay of game penalty for knocking the puck over the glass. Fraser served the penalty. Rask is looking much more comfortable in net with his stops tonight than he did in the shutout win in Montreal.
Earlier in the period, Reilly Smith broke through the middle and ripped a shot that clanged one off the left goal post, the 11th time the Bruins have hit the post.
At 4:00 into the game, Bartkowski gets hooked by Pacioretty in the Canadiens’ end and the Bruins had their first power play, but they failed to score. Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla had a couple of chances, but nothing got past Carey Price.
Bartkowski got nabbed and went to the box for holding Lars Eller, that infraction came along with minors for Brad Marchand and Brendan Gallagher for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Plekanec then went to the box for interference for taking down Daniel Paille who was coming after P.K. Subban in the neutral zone.
The Bruins and Canadiens were called for one penalty each in Game 3 and for three combined penalties in Game 4. But the whistles are blowing tonight.
Canadiens have a 9-8 shot lead.