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Savard, Bruins topple Canadiens in Game Two

BOSTON (AP) -- Marc Savard scored two power-play goals and the

Boston Bruins moved two wins away from their first playoff

series victory since 1999 with a 5-1 victory over the Montreal

Canadiens on Saturday night.

Top-seeded Boston took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series

over No. 8 Montreal, which will play at home Monday night.

Savard also assisted on a power-play goal by Michael Ryder.

Boston's other goals were scored by Chuck Kobasew and Shane

Hnidy, who replaced Matt Hunwick in the lineup after the

defenseman had surgery to remove his spleen Saturday afternoon.

Alex Kovalev scored for Montreal.

The Bruins offense was much more potent than in the first game

when the score was tied 2-2 until Zdeno Chara scored with 8:35

left. Phil Kessel's empty-net goal gave Boston a 4-2 win

Thursday night.

They scored on three of their first five power plays Saturday

and outshot the Canadiens 26-21 through two periods before they

focused on protecting the lead.

As their shooters kept putting pucks behind Carey Price, the

crowd chanted, "Carey, Carey, Carey" at the goalie as they waved

yellow towels with the words, "WE WANT IT" printed in black.

Price was replaced by Jaroslav Halak to start the third period.

The Canadiens have won 24 of 32 playoff series between the

teams, although they needed seven games to avoid being upset by

the eighth-seeded Bruins last year. Boston has dominated

Montreal this season, going 5-0-1 in the regular season.

Hunwick was hurt in Thursday's game, probably when he was

checked during the second period, team physician Dr. Peter Asnis

said. He added that Hunwick felt "excellent" Saturday morning

but later felt an increase in pain and was taken to a hospital

where his spleen was removed. Asnis said it's possible Hunwick

could return to play during the playoffs.

Savard gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 9:59 of the first period

with a 30-foot shot between Price's right pad and the post with

Sergei Kostitsyn in the penalty box for hooking.

Kobasew scored at 15:12 of the period after he passed the puck

from behind the net to Mark Recchi, whose shot was stopped in a

crowd in front of Price. Kobasew scored on the rebound.

Kovalev cut the lead to 2-1 with his second goal of the playoffs

just 46 seconds into the second period. He sent a 30-foot shot

from the left circle to the near side of goalie Tim Thomas, who

had the NHL's best goals-against average.

But less than five minutes later, the Bruins got that goal back

when Hnidy scored at 5:45 on a perfect setup. P.J. Axelsson

skated into the offensive zone with the puck and dropped it for

the trailing Hnidy, who shot from about 35 feet from straight in

front of Price.

Savard made it 4-1 on a give-and-go at 8:13 of the second, less

than a minute after a penalty to Greg Metropolit, who played for

Boston last season. Savard passed from the right side to Ryder

in the left circle then headed toward the net. He took the

return pass and beat Price from the bottom of the right circle.

The final goal came with 2.3 seconds left in the second. Thomas

started the play with a long pass, and Savard fed Ryder from the

left point. Ryder then fired from the left circle to the far

side over Price's glove.


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