Bruins Dump Habs To Sweep First-Round Series

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MONTREAL (AP) - Former Montreal forward Michael Ryder scored twice and assisted on David Krejci's goal to help the Boston Bruins complete a four-game sweep of the Canadiens with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.

Tim Thomas made 26 saves, and Phil Kessel also scored for Boston, which won the Eastern Conference quarterfinal for its first playoff series win in 10 years.

The top-seeded Bruins had lost five straight series - including losses to Montreal in 2002, 2004 and 2008 - since beating Carolina in the first round in 1999.

Andrei Kostitsyn gave Montreal a 1-0 lead 39 seconds in and the Canadiens dominated the scoring chances in the opening period, outshooting Boston 16-7.