- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 20, 2008

BOSTON (AP) — Marco Sturm kept Boston’s hopes alive when he scored with 2:37 left and the Bruins overcame three deficits to beat the Canadiens 5-4 last night and force a seventh game in Montreal.

The Bruins, who lost all 20 previous best-of-seven series in which they trailed 3-1, will try to complete their bid to eliminate the top-seeded Canadiens in Montreal tomorrow night.

So the Bruins still have a chance to win a playoff series for the first time in nine years and complete an improbable comeback after they began the series seeded eighth in the Eastern Conference.

They took their first lead of the game 4-3 with 4:15 left in the third period on Phil Kessel’s second goal of the game.

But it lasted just 11 seconds until Christopher Higgins scored his second of the game.

Saku Koivu, who missed the last nine games with a broken bone in his left foot, set up the first goal when he won a faceoff. Higgins then got the puck away from defenseman Dennis Wideman and scored at 9:44 of the first period.

Kessel tied it with some nifty stickhandling. About 30 feet from the goal, he nudged the puck between the legs of Francis Bouillon, picked it up on the other side, and tied the game at 1:54 of the second.

Montreal took a 2-1 lead on a breakaway goal by Tomas Plekanec at 7:43 of the second just eight seconds after he left the penalty box.

But Boston tied it 3:13 into the third. Vladimir Sobotka took Peter Schaefer’s pass to the right the net, skated across the crease and put a backhander by Price.

The Canadiens went ahead on Bouillon’s shot from the left point that deflected off the stick of Boston’s Shane Hnidy and past goalie Tim Thomas at 10:04 of the third period.

And the Bruins came back again to tie it at 3-3 just two minutes later when Milan Lucic redirected Aaron Ward’s shot from the right point and into the net.

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