Kovalev Lifts Canadiens in OT

Montreal takes 2-0 lead in series with Bruins
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2008 11:20 PM CDT
Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Kostitsyn, from Belarus, is stopped by Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas on a breakaway last night in Montreal.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
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(Newser) – Alex Kovalev scored a power-play goal 2:30 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins tonight and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Kovalev drove a slap shot past Tim Thomas from the left side as Montreal took advantage of consecutive penalties to Boston's Shawn Thornton and Jeremy Reich. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Boston.

Montreal has won 13 in a row against Boston, which claimed just one point,  a shootout loss, out of a possible 16 in losing eight regular-season games against the Canadiens this season. Roman Hamrlik scored late in the first and Canadiens rookie Sergei Kostitsyn scored his second goal in as many playoff games 1:30 into the middle period to put Montreal up 2-0.