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Canadiens manage to protect lead, beat Bruins for series edge

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Entering the first pivotal game of this Eastern Conference semifinal, the Bruins had accumulated an incredible 14 wins over 15 tries in Game 3 of any playoff series under Claude Julien.

Make it 14 of 16.

P.K. Subban and Dale Weise scored on breakaways, Tomas Plekanec tallied the first goal of the contest and Lars Eller the last, as Montreal bested Boston by a 4-2 count to take a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven set.

Carey Price stopped 26 shots for the Canadiens, who made a two-goal advantage stand up for the first time all series.

The Habs were up 2-0 in Game 1, blew it but won in double overtime, then squandered a 3-1 edge late in a 5-3 defeat in Game 2. Things were different on Tuesday, however, and the Habs can gain a stranglehold on the defending Eastern Conference champions with another home win on Thursday.

Patrice Bergeron and Andrej Meszaros tallied for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask gave up three goals on 25 shots for the visitors.

05/06 22:03:12 ET