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Canadiens edge Bruins, force Game 7

Apr 27, 2011 - 2:55 AM
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Michael Cammalleri had a goal and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens forced a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

The deciding game between these Original Six clubs will take place on Wednesday in Boston. It is the 33rd time these two are meeting in the playoffs and Montreal has won 24 of them.

"We knew we were heading to Boston from the start of the game," said Cammalleri. "If you look at the game, the importance and the implications involved and out ability to do some things, it was one of our top efforts."

Brian Gionta scored the other goal as both of the Canadiens' tallies on Tuesday came on 5-on-3 advantages. Carey Price stopped 31 shots for the win.

"We were just battling to keep it out of our net in the third," said Price. "When it came down to it, we had a bunch of guys blocking shots tonight. We did everything we had to do to win the game. We are going to carry what we had into the next one."

Dennis Seidenberg had the lone goal while Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots for the Bruins, who had won three straight in the series after dropping Games 1 and 2 at home. Boston went 0-for-4 on the power play in Tuesday's game.

"Our power play is struggling lately," said Boston forward Patrice Bergeron. "They won the game tonight because of their power play. We have to make sure we find a way and bear down. It all comes down to one game so you have to make sure you're ready and play desperate."

Boston has never won a best-of-seven series after falling behind 2-0.

Montreal got the first power play of the game when Boston received a bench minor for too many men on the ice at the 8:54 mark. Just six seconds later, Dennis Seidenberg took a slashing call to give the Habs an extended 5-on-3.

Moving the puck around the perimeter, P.K. Subban found himself with the disc at the left circle and threw it over to the top of the right where Cammalleri blasted it past the glove of Thomas at the 10:07 mark.

Price finished the first period with 10 saves to keep the Bruins off the board.

Just 48 seconds into the middle stanza, Seidenberg tied the game when he controlled the puck behind the Montreal net and used a wraparound from the right side to put it inside the left post.

A major boarding call on Milan Lucic followed a bit later by a delay of game to Bergeron for throwing the puck over the glass gave Montreal a full two minutes of 5-on-3 play.

Cammalleri again found himself with the puck at the right circle and blasted a shot on net that was stopped. Scott Gomez got his stick on it before Gionta was able to jam it in from the left side for a 2-1 lead at the 5:48 mark of the second.

Montreal used disciplined play to keep from giving Boston any advantages as the Bruins had just one full power play and an abbreviated man advantage in the second period and none in the third.

Price completed the win in the third period with 11 stops to force the deciding contest.

Game Notes

Boston has won five of the last eight series between these two clubs...Montreal was without defenseman James Wisniewski and center David Desharnais. Wisniewski left Game 5 for an undisclosed reason but returned in overtime and finished the game. Desharnais suffered an apparent knee injury in overtime.