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Bruins end 10-year wait for playoff series win

THE Boston Bruins advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1999, brushing aside the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday to sweep their best-of-seven series.

Former Canadien Michael Ryder scored twice to help the top-seeded Bruins end a stretch of five straight playoff series defeats - three of them at the hands of the Canadiens.

"It's definitely a good feeling to beat your old team here in Montreal and make it the last one," Ryder, a free agent signing by Boston, said. "I kind of actually forgot about what happened last year. I'm a Bruin now and it's a lot of fun."

Tim Thomas had 26 saves in the triumph while David Krejci and Philip Kessel completed the scoring for Boston to clinch the 4-0 series victory.

"Since I got here (this) was the goal and we tried to improve every year," said Boston captain Zdeno Chara. "I don't think this is it, we should be satisfied. We all know we have to go towards the goal and this is just the first step."

Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves to help the New York Rangers beat the visiting Washington Capitals 2-1, just one win away from claiming their quarterfinal playoff series.


Lundqvist was outstanding as the Rangers killed off all six Washington powerplays in the game at Madison Square Garden while defenseman Paul Mara and captain Chris Drury scored against rookie Washington goalie Simeon Varlamov. The Rangers lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, whose 56 regular season goals led the National Hockey League, scored for the first time in the playoffs for the visitors. He also hit the post and was denied several times by brilliant Lundqvist saves.

The Rangers were outshot 39-21 in the game, including 19 in a second-period siege of Lundqvist's goal, but their penalty killing unit held off the Capitals' high-scoring forwards.

"We made it tough for ourselves in the third, but the PK (penalty killing) came up big," Lundqvist told reporters. "You're never safe against that team, they are pretty scary and have so many guys who can shoot the puck."

In the Western Conference, the Calgary Flames used two third-period goals to hold off the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 and level the series 2-2.

Jarome Iginla capped the scoring with his second goal of the game with 11 seconds remaining, while Eric Nystrom produced the go-ahead score at 13:04 in the third besides adding two assists.


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