Bruins have comeback experience

The Boston Bruins and their fans celebrate after beating the Montreal Canadiens in double overtime...

The Boston Bruins and their fans celebrate after beating the Montreal Canadiens in double overtime in Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 AM ET

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins know a thing or two or four about how hard it is to close out a playoff series.

The Bruins became only the third team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 lead in a seven-game series last spring when they choked against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Now they have pulled themselves out of an 0-2 hole against the Montreal Canadiens and take a 3-2 lead into Game 6 in Montreal Tuesday night.

How tough is it to get that last win?

Nobody knows better than the Bruins.

"I think we experienced that last year, right?" said Boston coach Claude Julien.. "We don't want to bring that up, but unfortunately it is what it is...when teams are playing for their lives, they come out with their best effort."

The B’s didn’t get a chance to win Game 5 in double overtime Saturday night without some big saves around their net, not all of them from goaltender Tim Thomas, though his stop on Montreal’s Brian Gionta off a 2-on-1 in the second overtime was brilliant stuff.

Boston forward Michael Ryder, the overtime hero of Game 4, made a big glove save with his right hand on Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec around the eight-minute mark of the first period.

“I thought that was a great save,” said Thomas. “He actually knows more about what it’s like to be an old goalie without a mask than I do. That’s what I told him after the first period.”

Guess Plekanec didn’t read the scouting report that says you should shoot stick side on Ryder.

With about six minutes to go in the first overtime, Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri had an open net, but his shot deflected wide off the skate of Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara in front of the net.


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