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Bruins even series in enemy territory; Ryder gets winner against old team

MONTREAL -- The Boston Bruins are hoping to make the most of a second opportunity at home-ice advantage against the Montreal Canadiens.

Not that it has done either team any good so far.

Michael Ryder scored 1:59 into overtime to give Boston a 5-4 victory over Montreal on Thursday night, tying the first-round series 2-2.

Ryder, the former Canadiens winger who also scored in the second period, took Chris Kelly's pass from behind the net and shot past Carey Price.

The Bruins won both games at the Bell Centre after dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference series at home. Game Five is Saturday night in Boston.

"We didn't want to be down in the series 3-1, it would have been a tough one if that happened," Ryder said. "After we got down 3-1 we regrouped a bit and managed to get back to our game and we tied it up and just kept pushing from there. It's pretty exciting to score but I'm just happy that we won the game. That's all that matters right now and it's good to go home tied 2-2."

Kelly brought Boston even for the third time in the game, scoring with 6:18 left in the third period. Wearing a cage on his helmet for the first time since he was a teenager, Kelly put away a loose puck at his feet in the goalmouth for his second of the series.

Patrice Bergeron and Andrew Ference added goals for the Bruins. Tim Thomas made 34 saves.

"I thought it showed a lot of character coming back and battling hard," Kelly said. "Timmy made those big saves to give us a fighting chance and we took advantage of it."

Michael Cammalleri had a goal and two assists for Montreal, and Brent Sopel, Andrei Kostitsyn and P.K. Subban also scored. The Canadiens, who held a 29-12 advantage in shots after Kostitsyn's goal 7:47 into the second, blew leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3.

Price stopped 30 shots, including a sprawling desperation glove save on Johnny Boychuk moments after Subban's go-ahead goal.

Bruins coach Claude Julien used his timeout after Kostitsyn's goal put Montreal up by two.

"We knew we could do it," Bergeron said. "We knew we had to be better and we had to just find a way to have a huge shift and get the momentum back, and we did that and we got the big goal and that was it."

Ference made an obscene gesture -- which he said happened accidentally -- to the capacity crowd of 21,273 after he drove a slap shot past Price midway through the second to draw Boston to 3-2.

In Thursday's late game, Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa had a pair of goals each, and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, which staved off elimination for the second straight game with a 5-0 win over Vancouver. Corey Crawford made 36 saves for the Blackhawks, who have outscored the Canucks, 12-2, in the last two games after falling behind 3-0 in the series.


Ducks lose Ruutu

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Another game, another suspension in the Anaheim Ducks' tremendously testy playoff series with the Nashville Predators.

The Ducks lost left wing Jarkko Ruutu to a one-game suspension Thursday, although the Predators lost a much more valuable player when Ruutu collided with Martin Erat during Anaheim's series-evening victory in Game Four.

Erat was Nashville's co-scoring leader, but he didn't make the trip to Orange County for Game Five tonight (10 p.m., Versus) after incurring an upper-body injury.


Glavine makes pitch

ATLANTA -- Former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine said Thursday he would like to be part of an ownership group that keeps the NHL Thrashers in Atlanta.

Glavine told an Atlanta radio station he hopes to organize an ownership group.

"I'm trying on my end," Glavine told 790 The Zone. "No promises. We'll see what happens."

Bruce Levenson, one of the lead owners seeking to sell the Thrashers, said Glavine has expressed preliminary interest in the team.

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