Tonight the Bruins look to take their first series advantage against the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Thus far it has been an uphill battle for the Boston Bruins as they have struggled with finding consistency in their game. Far too often are we seeing a slow start, mid-second period break through and strong third period.However, last game they seemed to get a handle on things.
One of the key concepts the Bruins are finding is they have to be strong and solid in their defensive positions. With a speedy and talented team like Montreal, the defensemen have to be on top of their game. Take Game 3 for example; Weise was able to out-skate Meszaros and get a clean breakaway for a goal against Rask. With as much depth as they have in their defensive core, all they need to do is show their talent and stand their ground.
Heading into the Montreal series Boston knew they were going to have to watch the blooming third line that helped advance the reigning rivals into the semi-final round. However, Montreal prepared for the same shutdown against the Bruins top line David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic. Collectively, the Bruins top line helped carry them into the playoffs but has since gone silent. David Krejci, who generally comes into his own come playoff time, seems to have met his match in Thomas Plekanec.
“Obviously you like to put the puck in the net, but it is what it is,” he said. “Everybody has slumps and there’s no surprise that I’m in it right now. I’m just trying to help the team in different ways. I believe I’m a good enough player that it eventually is going to come.”(via CSNNE)
Should the Bruins top line be able to bust out offensively and get some numbers racked up on the score sheet, we’re looking at a very different game and positive outcome for the Bs. Especially if agitator Brad Marchand wakes up and brings his full potential to the table as well.
The Boston-Montreal series now goes to a best of three match where tonight’s victor takes a giant step forward towards the Eastern Conference Finals. Based on what we’ve seen so far this series, one thing is for certain. the momentum doesn’t last long and anything can happen.
Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 7:00PM tonight to watch the Bruins fight for their first series lead against the Habs and inch their way closer to the Stanley Cup Finals.