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Published: Monday, 4/18/2011

Canadiens bounce back with home win

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Boston’s David Krejci scores past Montreal goaltender Carey Price Monday night. The Bruins lead 2-1 in the series. Boston’s David Krejci scores past Montreal goaltender Carey Price Monday night. The Bruins lead 2-1 in the series.
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MONTREAL — David Krejci and Nathan Horton scored first-period goals to lead Boston to a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Monday night as the Bruins won on the road after dropping the first two games of their first-round series at home.

Tim Thomas stopped 34 shots for Boston and Rich Peverley scored in the second. Chris Kelly scored into an empty net with 25.6 seconds remaining.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Montreal after he was hospitalized overnight for dehydration.

Andrei Kostitsyn, who also missed Game 2, scored the Canadiens’ first goal with Boston holding a 3-0 lead 7:03 into the middle period. Tomas Plekanec drew Montreal within one early in the third.

Carey Price made 21 saves after stopping 65 of 66 in the Canadiens’ two wins at the TD Bank Garden and posting a shutout in Thursday’s series opening 2-0 win.

Flyers 4, Sabres 2
BUFFALO — Brian Boucher stopped 35 shots as the Flyers new starting goalie in helping Philadelphia grab a first-round playoff series lead.

Danny Briere and Nikolay Zherdev keyed the victory by scoring second-period goals as Philadelphia bounced back with two straight wins after a 1-0 series-opening loss.

Jeff Carter and Kimmo Timonen, with an empty-netter, also scored as the Flyers improved to 6-0-2 in their past eight visits to Buffalo, including the regular season.

Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe scored in a game the Sabres never led. Buffalo has lost consecutive games for the first time since ending a three-game skid Feb. 23.

Boucher got the start after he stopped 20 of 21 shots in a 5-4 win Saturday in relief of rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, who struggled by allowing three goals on seven shots. Bobrovsky went from playoff starter to healthy scratch as recently called-up Michael Leighton served as the backup.

Penguins 3, Lightning 2
TAMPA — Tyler Kennedy put Pittsburgh ahead early in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots.

Maxime Talbot and Arron Asham also scored for the Penguins, who took a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series.

Pittsburgh rebounded from a 5-1 home loss in Game 2 despite giving up two more power-play goals to Martin St. Louis. The Lightning star erased a 2-0 deficit by striking late in the opening period, then again early in the third to give Tampa Bay hope of taking control of the series.

But Kennedy answered with the go-ahead goal just 31 seconds later.

The Penguins have won six consecutive Game 3s and are 10-1 in the third game of playoff series dating to the 2008 postseason. Over the same stretch, Fleury is 12-4 following a playoff loss.

Pittsburgh was 0 for 2 on the power play, dropping to 0 for 15 for the series.



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