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After scoring a combined 12 goals in the first three games of the series, the Bruins and Canadiens exploded with a nine-goal output in Boston’s 5-4 win last night. A two-goal performance by Michael Ryder, including the overtime winner, along with a balanced Boston attack helped theÂ black and yellow crawl back from a second period deficit to defeat les Habitants and even the series with back-to-back wins in the Bell Centre.
On the west coast, the Canucks had a defensive meltdown, allowing three goals in the opening frame and four through the first half of the game. Roberto Luongo surrendered four goals on 12 shots before getting the yank, in favour of backup Cory Schnieder, who started the second period. Marian Hossa sniped a pair of goals on Luongo, including a breakway marker late in the first. Duncan Keith silenced the Canucks Army in attendance at the Rogers Arena withÂ a four-point performance from the backend.
Two series that looked all but in the bag are now game on as Canada’s remaining teams are anything but safe.
Links after the jump.
A look at Burke‘s successful run of wheeling and dealing, from Mike Ulmer at MapleLeafs.com.
Another excellent fanpost from PPP on the Leafs organizational depth at centre.
Slava Duris at The Leafs Nation compiles the Leafs’ individual shooting percentages from this past season.
Bruins even the series after a two-goal performance -Â including the OT winner -Â from Michael Ryder.
Ference flips the bird to the Montreal faithful at the Bell Centre last night.
Kaberle not playing up to par according to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.
Bryzgalov sounds off about his disinterest in potentially moving to Winnipeg.
NominationsÂ unveiled forÂ the leagueâ€™s most sportsmanlike player.
Ruutu assessed third suspension of NHL playoffs.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects:
After suffering a disheartening 8-1 loss to Owen Sound on Tuesday, the Windsor Spitfires roared back to win game two by a score of 4-2. Jesse Blacker scored his fourth of the post seasonÂ midway through the second period to give the Attack a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame. Taylor Carnevale led the Spitfires with four assists in Windsor’s comeback victory.
Can the Bruins comeback and defeat the Canadiens at home in game five? How can Vancouver regroup and overcome theÂ Blackhawks’ resurgence last night? What were your thoughts on Roberto Luongo’s performance between the pipes… have the Blackhawks solved him?