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Canadiens 3, Bruins 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 3, Bruins 2
Montréal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 2

BOSTON (AP) -The Boston Bruins didn't even make it to the final buzzer against the Montreal Canadiens.

Andrei Markov scored the tiebreaking goal with 1.2 seconds left Thursday night, giving Montreal a 3-2 victory over Boston and prompting a shower of garbage from Bruins fans that convinced officials to call the game with two ticks left.

"When you see the bottles with liquid being thrown from 20 rows up, you worry about your head or face being hurt. The referees did the right thing to end the game," Montreal captain Saku Koivu said. "It was a huge win. It feels a lot bigger when you steal it in the last few seconds."

Markov took advantage of a power play that came when Matt Lashoff, who was making his NHL debut, was called for holding with 45 seconds left. The Canadiens defenseman got the puck to the left of Tim Thomas and put it between his legs for the game-winner.

While Montreal players - and some of their vocal fans in the Boston crowd - celebrated, others in the stands began throwing cups and other trash onto the ice. After about a minute, and a futile announcement from the public address announcer, the clock started and the buzzer blew while both teams were still at their benches and the ice crew was cleaning up.

"There's no fun way to lose," Bruins coach Dave Lewis said, complimenting Lashoff on his overall game in spite of the costly penalty.

"He moved the puck, has good vision. He thinks the game. Everybody will take penalties; he reacted," Lewis said. "We've got to kill that penalty. That's what penalty killers do. You bail out your teammate."

Cristobal Huet stopped 34 shots for Montreal, which has won eight of nine against its longtime rival, including the last six in a row. Michael Ryder and Chris Higgins also scored for the Canadiens.

Thomas made 26 saves for Boston, including a sprawling save on Mike Johnson with 3:25 left to temporarily preserve the tie. He fell to 1-6 against Montreal in his career.

Zdeno Chara scored his first goal since joining the Bruins in the offseason as one of the top prizes on the free-agent market. Phil Kessel also scored and Glen Murray and Patrice Bergeron had two assists apiece for Boston.

The Canadiens lost forward Alex Kovalev in the second period when he whacked his stick across the glass after drawing a penalty for jostling with Boston defenseman Milan Jurcina. Kovalev was given 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct.

"As you saw, the refs screwed up the whole game, and then they tried to fix it at the end. I wish, if they were going to decide to have a bad game, they would be bad for both teams," said Kovalev, who complained that opponents have tried to take out his knees in three straight games. "I have to ... protect myself."

While he was out, Craig Rivet picked up a double minor for hooking and slamming his stick. The Bruins used the two-man advantage to tie it up on Chara's slap shot with 91 seconds left in the second.

Notes: Bruins forward Marco Sturm missed his third consecutive game with a leg injury. ... Boston's P.J. Axelsson left the ice in pain after getting slashed on the left hand with 6 minutes left in the game. ... The Canadiens wore white sweaters with a blue stripe. ... Former Bruins first-round draft choice Sergei Samsonov returned to Boston for the first time since he was traded to Edmonton in March.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:04
MTL
Michael Ryder (4) ASST: Chris Higgins (4)
1 - 0 MTL
10:32
BOS
Phil Kessel (2) ASST: Glen Murray (2), Patrice Bergeron (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:19
MTL
PPG - Chris Higgins (6) ASST: Saku Koivu (8), Sheldon Souray (5)
2 - 1 MTL
18:29
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (1) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (4), Glen Murray (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
19:58
MTL
PPG - Andrei Markov (1) ASST: Sheldon Souray (6), Chris Higgins (5)
3 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:35
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Boarding
13:56
MTL
Steve Begin  Slashing
15:50
BOS
Phil Kessel  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
05:50
BOS
Yan Stastny  Roughing
11:10
BOS
Paul Mara  Interference
16:32
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:32
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Misconduct (10 min)
16:32
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Game misconduct
18:21
MTL
Craig Rivet  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:21
MTL
Craig Rivet  Hooking
18:48
BOS
Glen Murray  Interference
19:39
MTL
Janne Niinimaa  Holding
3rd Period
06:05
BOS
Patrice Bergeron  Tripping
11:33
MTL
Radek Bonk  Hooking
19:15
BOS
Matt Lashoff  Holding
19:58
BOS
P.J. Axelsson  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:58
BOS
P.J. Axelsson  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .944SH: 2 - 2
Tim Thomas
SA: 30TOI: 59:58
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1