- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 22, 2008

MONTREAL (AP) - Carey Price got his second shutout, and Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-0 win over the Boston Bruins last night in the deciding game of their first-round playoff series.

Price stopped 25 shots overall, including 11 shots in the opening period. He got his first playoff shutout in a 1-0 win in Game 4.

“It was a rough couple of games and we knew it just wasn’t going our way,” Price said. “I knew it was going to turn around eventually, and tonight it did.”

Mike Komisarek opened the scoring 3:31 in amid one of the first of countless roars from the raucous Bell Centre crowd over the course of the evening.

The Canadiens took control of the game in the second, outshooting the Bruins 17-6 while building a three-goal lead on a superb goal by Streit midway through the period and Kostitsyn’s second goal of the series at 15:13.

Kostitsyn punctuated the win with his second of the game, a power-play goal with 2:02 remaining in the third. Sergei Kostitsyn scored with 7.3 seconds remaining.

In the second round, top-seeded Montreal will face Philadelphia (if the Flyers win tonight) or the New York Rangers (if the Washington Capitals win).

Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots for Boston, which fell short in its bid to overcome both 2-0 and 3-1 series deficits for the first time in team history.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was behind the Canadiens’ bench in 2004 when Montreal won three straight to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a first-round win over Boston.

Alex Kovalev assisted on Montreal’s first two goals as coach Guy Carbonneau moved him to a line with Saku Koivu and Chris Higgins.

The move allowed rookie Sergei Kostitsyn to play on another line alongside his brother, Andrei, and center Tomas Plekanec as Carbonneau spread out the Canadiens’ offense.

Komisarek got credit for his first career playoff goal as his point shot struck Bruins center Petteri Nokelainen’s stick, causing a deflection that left Thomas no chance to recover and stop.

Streit made it a 2-0 lead 10:45 into the second as he slipped past Bruins captain Zdeno Chara to finish off a sensational passing play. Kovalev passed the puck back to Komisarek in the Canadiens’ zone and waited on the right boards at center ice for the return pass.

The high-scoring Russian fed a cross ice pass to Maxim Lapierre as the Canadiens center entered the Bruins zone, and Lapierre dished off to Streit, who pushed the puck past Chara before driving the net to put a backhand between Thomas’ pads for his first playoff goal.

Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn combined to increase the lead to three as Andrei beat Thomas at 15:13 for his second of the series and first since Game 1.

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