The goalie looked beatable for the first time Thursday night,
allowing the Canadiens to stay alive in the first-round playoff
series with a 5-1 victory. The Bruins still hold a 3-2 lead in the
best-of-seven series and get another chance to eliminate the
Canadiens in Game 6 on Saturday night.
"He's been one of the top goalies in the league all year and
he'll bounce back," Canadiens forward Yanic Perreault said Friday.
"It'll be tough to score against him."
Perreault's goal 5:43 into the first period started the Montreal
romp in Game 5. Raycroft, the leading rookie of the year candidate,
also wasn't sharp on Alex Kovalev's goal 7:39 into the second.
Montreal's Jose Theodore, meanwhile, had his first dominant game
of the series, making 43 saves.
"They're up 3-2 but I don't know it that's because of the
goaltending," Canadiens forward Darren Langdon said. "Both teams
have great goaltenders. I'd say Raycroft will come back with the
same attitude Theo did."
Early in the series, some wondered if Raycroft was about to do
to Montreal what Theodore did to Boston in 2002, steal the series.
The Bruins dominated the series opener 3-0 and then were
outplayed in Game 2. Boston still managed to head to Montreal with
a 2-0 series lead after Theodore let in a soft goal in overtime to
That put Montreal in a 3-1 series hole, but Theodore's return to
form and a newfound scoring touch has the Canadiens confident they
can win Saturday night and force a decisive Game 7 on Monday in
Meanwhile, the Bruins are struggling on the power play. After
scoring twice with the man advantage in the opener, they have
fallen into an 0-for-18 slump.
"We're still ahead in this series," coach Mike Sullivan said.
"The expectation coming in was that it would be a hard-fought
series and probably a lengthy one. We have to be sure to keep that