Nathan Horton took a page out of Michael Ryder's book, scoring the game-winning goal 9:03 into the second overtime period to lead the Boston Bruins past the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, in Game 5 of their quarterfinal series in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday night at TD Garden.
Boston took a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series with the win, which marked the first time this series that the home team emerged victorious. The Bruins will look to close out the series on Tuesday in Game 6 in Montreal.
Neither team scored in the first two period, but Boston's Brad Marchand broke the scoreless tie, scoring 4:33 into the third period to put Boston on top, 1-0.
The lead would hold for nearly 10 minutes, but was ultimately erased by Jeff Halpern's goal13:56 into the period, tying the game at 1-1.
Both squads played evenly in the first overtime period, resulting in a second overtime period, where Horton sent the Bruins to victory in style on his goal, which was assisted by Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference.
Tim Thomas was dominant in net, stopping 44 of 45 shots in 89 minutes for Boston. Carey Price was equally dominant, turning away 49 of 51 shots for Montreal.
Boston outshot Montreal, 44-39, and has three power play opportunities to the Canadiens' two. Montreal registered eight penalty minutes while Boston had six penalty minutes.