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By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer
April 9, 2004

BOSTON (AP) -- Patrice Bergeron scored 1:26 into overtime to give Boston a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night and lift the Bruins to a 2-0 lead in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Andrew Raycroft stopped 25 shots, and Michael Nylander also scored for the Bruins. Jose Theodore made 17 saves, and Patrice Brisebois had the Canadiens' only goal.

It was 1-1 after two periods and it stayed that way through the third. But just a minute into overtime, Bergeron took a pass from Nylander near center ice and brought the puck into Montreal's zone.

He stickhandled toward the net and made a fake -- or maybe a stumble -- between the circles, then took a wrist shot that went off Theodore's glove before trickling into the net. The Boston players swarmed around him, and the Canadiens headed mournfully to their bench.

The best-of-seven series moves to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.

Joe Thornton, who did not practice on Thursday because of what the team will only describe as ``an upper body injury,'' played his regular shift. But he did not figure in any of the scoring.

Bergeron and Nylander teamed up on Boston's other goal, too.

With Nylander heading to the net, Bergeron crossed a pass to him and he easily beat Theodore 15:22 into the first.

Montreal tied it on some crisp passing in the second period, just 33 seconds after Thornton was sent off for slashing to give the Canadiens a two-man advantage. The goal ended a 95:54 scoreless drought in the series for Montreal, which was shut out in the opener 3-0.

Montreal had a chance to take the lead with about five minutes left in regulation, but Jan Bulis backhanded the first try over the net while Raycroft was out of position. After a scramble, Bulis had another shot, but he put thisone into Raycroft's chest.


Montreal C Yanic Perreault, one of the NHL's best at faceoffs, was a healthy scratch. He was replaced by Darren Langdon, who had 135 penalty minutes and three assists in 64 games. ... Bruins F Ted Donato was injured blocking a shot in the first period. He left the game and didn't return. ... Thornton has no goals and one assist against the Canadiens this season. ... The Nylander-Samsonov-Bergeron line has 11 points in the two games. ... Despite three power plays in the first 15 minutes, the Canadiens mustered just four shots. But Boston repaid the favor in the second, getting two shots on threepower plays in the second.
04-09-2004 10:10 PM
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