MONTREAL -- Milan Lucic was tossed from Tuesday's Game 6 at Bell Centre early in the second period for a hit on Jaroslav Spacek that left the Canadiens defenseman on the ice with blood dripping from his head. 

Lucic was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct 4:37 into the second. Moments later, Patrice Bergeron took a delay-of-game penalty for flipping the puck over the glass in the defensive zone and the Canadiens capitalized for their second 5-on-3 power play goal of the game as Brian Gionta scored. 

MONTREAL -- Although the Bruins hold a 3-2 series lead over the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, much emphasis has been placed on the difficulty of closing out the Habs in Tuesday in Game 6 to prevent a possible Game 7. B's coach Claude Julien acknowledged the challenge, but noted his team isn't the only one needing an important win.

Before taking his team north for a Game 6 showdown with the Canadiens Tuesday night at Bell Centre, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he is fairly condifident that the Canadiens won't engage the Bruins in a physical battle because they would likely lose that kind of game. 

For the third time in four seasons, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has been named as one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy, awarded annually to the top defenseman in the NHL. Chara, who won the award in 2009, led the league with a plus-33 rating and recorded 44 points, including 14 goals and 30 assists.

You know, the Bruins have won four in a row before. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the playoff series vs. the Canadiens. The Bruins take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 Tuesday night in Montreal.

Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle spoke Sunday about the Bruins' stuggles on the power play (the team is 7-for-80 since acquiring him in late February) and how he's fared in his Boston tenure. Expected to be a major addition, Kaberle has not impacted the team as well as many anticipated, and it isn't out of the question to wonder whether the team could be hesitant about re-signing the pending free agent this summer. 

The Bruins did not practice Sunday after their 2-1 victory in double-overtime over the Canadiens on Saturday night, though select members of the team and coach Claude Julien were at TD Garden to discuss the state of affairs with the team leading the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, 3-2. 

Nathan Horton is usually smiling, and the Garden finally was too Saturday night. (AP)So much has been made of big starts for in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series between the Bruins and Canadiens. In Games 1, 2 and 4, the Habs came out strong, with the Bruins not matching the early effort and falling behind. In Game 3, it was the Bruins who stepped it up while the Canadiens weren't up to speed.  

Nathan Horton scored with 10:57 left in the second overtime to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 5 Saturday night at TD Garden. The Bruins become the first team in the series to win on home ice and can advance to the second round for the third straight year with a win on Tuesday night in Game 6 in Montreal.