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. 

Tim Thomas was named as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy on Friday, an award honoring the top goaltender in the NHL.

Thomas -- who won the Vezina in 2009 -- is one of three finalists, joining Roberto Luongo of the Canucks and Pekka Rinne of the Preadtors. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for making an obscene gesture following his second-period goal in Thursday night's OT win over the Canadiens.

No penalty was assessed at the time, and Ference denied making the gesture when asked by reporters after the game.


MONTREAL -- It was 3-1, and boy, did it sure seem like it would become 3-1.

MONTREAL -- Following their Game 4 win over the Canadiens, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference denied any intention of making an obscene gesture at Habs fans following his second-period goal. Following his tally, which at the time made it a 3-2 game, the veteran was caught on camera giving the middle finger to the crowd.

MONTREAL -- The Bruins grabbed a gutsy win Thursday, sinking the Canadiens, 5-4, in overtime and tying the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at two games apiece. Michael Ryder, who had three points on the night, scored the game-winner 1:59 into OT.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Bruins center Chris Kelly did not practice with Bruins Wednesday at Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, as he returned to Boston to be evaluated by team doctors. Kelly slid head-first into Carey Price's net as a result of a shove from Scott Gomez with the B's on a 3-on-1 in the first period of Monday's Game 3.

"He just went back to Boston to see our doctors, just to make sure everything is OK," Claude Julien said. "We anticipate him back in Montreal with us tonight."

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at home to the Canadiens, the B's finally got their first postseason win Monday night in Montreal. Now trailing, 2-1, in the series, the B's have a chance to tie the series Thursday and return home with short-term memory on their side.

MONTREAL -- Go crazy, folks, as you can now take your pens to your schedules and emphatically cross out that "if necessary" next to Game 5.