Bruins Take 3-0 Lead in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

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Michael Ryder scored late in the second period and Tim Thomas made 23 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night and a commanding lead in their first-round playoff series.

Phil Kessel, Shawn Thornton, Chuck Kobasew also scored for Boston, which increased its lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal to 3-0 despite the absence of left wing Milan Lucic, who sat out a one-game league suspension.

Ryder, a healthy scratch for all but four of Montreal's 12 playoffs games last season, put Boston ahead 17:21 into the second period.