After four games that went to the road team, the Boston Bruins made the Stanley Cup playoffs lines in Game 5 in Beantown to take a 3-2 series lead. If the Montreal Canadiens want to save their season, they’ll have to end a three game skid on Tuesday at hold serve at home at the Bell Centre against their hated rivals.
Jeff Halpern has only seen the ice for two games out of the five in this series, but he was the only man that was able to find the score sheet for the Canadiens in Game 5. He scored the game tying goal late in the third period to force the free hockey. Michael Cammalleri didn’t have his hands in on that goal, which seems to be a rarity nowadays. Cammalleri, one of the top scorers on this team in the regular season, netted two goals and had five assists in the previous three games in this series before Game 5, and as the only man on the team with more than three points in this best of seven, he should be expected to come up in a big way to save Montreal’s season. Of course, we really feel for Carey Price right now in net. Price has a 2.00 GAA and a .938 save percentage, and he really has been fantastic in net in this series, but he just hasn’t had enough to baffle the Bruins offense consistently, and it is really hurting the team.
The man opposing Price in net, Tim Thomas, really hasn’t had a good season against the Canadiens, and he really hasn’t had all that great of a series yet either. However, when push came to shove in Game 5, the soon to be Vezina Trophy winner stopped 45-of-46 shots, including everything that came his way in the overtime period to send the Bruins to their biggest victory on the NHL betting lines to date. Just like Montreal, the Bruins are having a lot of problems getting production from their top scorers. Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara only have one assist apiece in the five games (though Chara has only played in four of the five), while David Krejci only has one goal and no helpers thus far against Boston. Patrice Bergeron has been a superstar though, and we can’t say that we didn’t see it coming. Bergeron really did play some great hockey down the stretch for the B’s, and he has two goals and four assists, including posting an assist on the game winner in double overtime on Saturday night.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick: This one is basically a tossup, just as the other games in the Great White North have in this series. Boston found a way to finally win a game at the TD Garden on Saturday. Montreal will figure out how to do it on Tuesday. This series has been too good to not have a seventh game on Wednesday night. Go with the Canadiens -105.
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