Canadiens crush Bruins in series decider

Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:25am EDT
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By Robert Melnbardis

MONTREAL (Reuters) - The Montreal Canadiens eased to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday to capture their Eastern Conference quarter-final series in the deciding seventh game.

The home team out-shot Boston 35-25 as the Habs' 20-year-old rookie sensation goaltender Carey Price picked up his second shutout of the playoffs to ensure Montreal emerged with a 4-3 series victory.

Maintaining their quest for a record 25th Stanley Cup, the conference top seeds were roared on to victory by a sell-out crowd of 21,273 at the Bell Centre.

The Bruins started well and out-shot Montreal 9-4 in the first 10 minutes but still found themselves a goal down after the Habs opened the scoring at 3.31 on a slapshot from defenseman Mike Komisarek that got past Boston goaltender Tim Thomas.

Montreal scored twice in the second period to put the contest beyond Boston's reach, the first on a shot by defenseman Mark Streit and the second on a powerplay as Andrei Kostitsyn took a pass from brother Sergei and slipped the puck past Thomas.


Andrei Kostitsyn made it 4-0 with his second goal of the game with just over two minutes remaining and the Canadiens completed the scoring when Sergei Kostitsyn netted eight seconds from the end of the contest.

Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau, who mixed up his player lines well to re-energize the team, admitted he was nervous before the game but had been expecting the Canadiens to respond to the eighth seed's gritty challenge.   Continued...

<p>Montreal Canadiens Tomas Plekanec celebrates as teammate Andrei Kostitsyn's shot gets past Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the second period during Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final game in Montreal, April 21, 2008. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi</p>