Canadiens again stuff Bruins, lead series 2-0


Canadiens again stuff Bruins, lead series 2-0

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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Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.