Bruins Two Wins Shy of First Series Win in 10 Years

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas fails to make a reaching save on a goal by Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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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. The Bruins haven't won a playoff series against the Canadiens since 1994.

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.