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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston

(Thursday, March 22nd)

Final Score: Montreal 6, Boston 3

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Christopher Higgins scored a goal and added three assists, and the Montreal Canadiens exploded for five unanswered goals, four in a seven-minute span in the third period, and kept pace for a playoff spot with a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

Tomas Plekanec had a goal and two assists for Montreal, which has won five of six. Montreal kept pace with the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the win, as the teams are tied for the spot at 82 points each. Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots for Montreal.

Mark Mowers and Phil Kessell each notched a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have lost two straight. Tim Thomas let in six scores on only 30 shots.

Kessell drew first blood for the Bruins, notching his 10th goal of the season just 2:09 in on a feed from Mowers to put the Bruins up 1-0.

Andrei Markov tied things up for the Canadiens with his goal at the 7:23 mark of the first.

Marco Sturm sent the Bruins in the locker room with momentum, scoring with just 2:27 left in the first period to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

Mowers put the Bruins ahead 3-1 at the 7:32 mark of the second period. He took the feed from Kessell and tucked the puck inside the right post to put Boston ahead by two.

Plekanec cut the deficit in half with his 18th score of the season, making it 3-2 with 1:49 left in the second period.

Mike Johnson kicked off the third-period explosion for Montreal, scoring 6:35 in to the third to tie the game at 3-3. With just three seconds left on the power play, Johnson one-timed a feed from Plekanec just inside the left post.

Maxim Lapierre and Higgins put Montreal on top, scoring 49 seconds apart, at 8:02 and 8:51, to put the Habs up 5-3.

"Tonight, we got so uptight, we didn't allow ourselves to have fun with this and that was part of what went wrong," said Thomas.

Michael Ryder capped the scoring for Montreal, tallying his 24th score of the season to post the Canadiens to a 6-3 lead with just 6:23 left. Ryder's score came on the power play, the third power-play score of the game for Montreal.

"I didn't expect to score six goals but it's always fun," said Montreal head coach Guy Carbonneau.

Game Notes

Montreal has won nine of 12 over Boston...Boston did not capitalize on any of its four power plays, while the Habs notched three scores on seven opportunities.

03/23 00:31:20 ET

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