By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Just like that, the Montreal Canadiens have taken a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Bruins, defeating Boston 3-1 on Saturday night at the TD Garden, thanks to a pair of early goals from Mike Cammalleri and Mathieu Darche in the first 2:20 of the game.
Cammalleri first put home a juicy Tim Thomas rebound at the left post, just 43 seconds into the first period, giving Montreal an early 1-0 lead. Then, 2:20 into the first, and just six seconds into a 5-on-4 power play, Darche put home a one-timer from the left post after receiving a quick cross-slot pass from Cammalleri to make it 2-0 Montreal.
The Bruins showed some life in the second period, and cut the Canadiens lead to 2-1, when Patrice Bergeron finished a perfect setup pass from Brad Marchand, 7:38 into the second.
But Montreal made it a two-goal game once again at 3-1, with 2:39 left in the second, after Yannick Weber put home another juicy rebound from the left post, after Lars Ellers shot from the right circle couldnt be handled by Thomas blocker and bounced out to his right.
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