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Montreal takes 2-0 series lead with Boston

Apr 17, 2011 - 2:41 AM
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Carey Price stopped 34-of-35 shots as Montreal once again topped Boston, 3-1, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup from TD Garden.

Mike Cammalleri notched a goal and one assist for the Canadiens, who won both games on the road to start the playoffs and will look to take a stranglehold on the series in Game 3 at Bell Centre on Monday.

"It's not over. We have more hockey to play," said Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban about his club sweeping a pair from their perennial rivals. "All business."

Patrice Bergeron provided the lone tally for the Bruins, who have dropped six straight postseason contests dating back to Game 4 of their 2010 conference semifinal series against the Flyers.

It was a potentially devastating loss for a team trying to shake off the memory of last May's collapse against Philadelphia, one which occurred without captain Zdeno Chara. Chara had been hospitalized Friday night with dehydration, and was a last-minute scratch despite speculation that he was going to play.

"He deserves so much credit (for trying to play)," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. (There was) no way in the world we could have used him."

Tim Thomas allowed three goals on 26 shots in defeat.

Montreal hit the scoreboard just 43 seconds in, when Cammalleri's diving try at a James Wisniewski right-point shot slid by Thomas at the left post.

It was 2-0 at 2:20 on a Canadiens power play when Cammalleri intercepted an errant clear behind the Boston net and fed in front for Mathieu Darche's successful one-timer.

Bergeron finally netted Boston's first goal of the series at 7:38 of the second period, but Yannick Weber followed up a Lars Eller drive and backhanded the rebound in with 2:39 left in the second for a 3-1 game.

The Bruins poured on the pressure in the third period, outshooting the Habs by an 11-3 margin. Nonetheless, the home team couldn't capitalize on their lone power-play chance early on, then failed to generate chances with Thomas on the bench in the final minute-plus of regulation.

Game Notes

Montreal last won its first two games of a playoff series in a seven-game decision over Boston in the 2008 East quarters...The Bruins last lost the first two games of a playoff series on home ice during an East quarterfinal meeting with the Devils in 1995, while playing at the Boston Garden...Boston is winless all-time in 26 series when dropping the first two contests...Bergeron's tally was the first for the Bruins in 93 minutes and 28 seconds of playoff action, dating back to Milan Lucic's score in the first period of the infamous conference semifinal Game 7 against the Flyers -- which saw the B's waste a 3-0 lead in the game and a 3-0 series edge...Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill played in his 100th career postseason game.