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Canadiens edge Boston in 2OT

BOSTON — Defenseman P.K. Subban's power-play goal 4:17 into the second overtime lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in opener of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

It was the second goal of the night for Subban, who blasted a slap shot from the blue line past Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask just seven seconds after defenseman Matt Bartkowski was called for holding Montreal center Brian Gionta. The Canadiens made quick work for their second power-play goal of the night and a 1-0 lead in the series, which continues Saturday afternoon in Boston.

Right winger Rene Bourque had a goal and an assist and goaltender Carey Price finished with 48 saves, including 15 in overtime.

Rask finished with 28 saves for Boston, which rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 but never led. The score remained 3-3 after the first overtime. It was a fitting start to the 34th playoff series between the longtime rivals who went into OT for the 38th time in their 171 postseason matchups.