Final OT

Series (Game 5 of 6)

Boston leads 3-2

Game 1: Tuesday, October 28th
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Canadiens0
Game 2: Thursday, October 30th
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OT
Bruins0
Game 3: Tuesday, December 16th
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OT
Canadiens1
Game 4: Saturday, January 31st
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Canadiens0
Game 5: Thursday, February 26th
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Bruins2
Game 6: Saturday, March 27th
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Bruins3

Canadiens 3

(32-25-2, 72 pts)

Bruins 2

(30-15-7, 80 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 26, 2004

TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

1 2 3 OT T
MTL 2 0 0 13
BOS 1 1 0 02

C. Rivet (Canadiens - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Morrisonn (Bruins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

T. Green (Bruins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Rivet gets game-winner with a minute left

BOSTON (AP) -- Jose Theodore frustrated the Boston Bruins long enough to see his team win in overtime.

Craig Rivet scored with one minute left in overtime and Theodore made 37 saves to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

"Teams that have success have a great goaltender," Rivet said. "Theo kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."

Montreal is 4-1 in its last five games.

"We let other teams get back in the hunt after the All-Star break when we lost four straight," Koivu said. "But now we are gaining some confidence against quality teams."

Rivet scored the winner when he skated past the Boston defense and put a shot from the slot past goalie Andrew Raycroft.

Travis Green tied the game when he knocked down Nick Boynton's shot from the point and backhanded a shot past Theodore early in the second period. Boynton assisted on both Boston goals.

"We had our chances, but we gave them chances," Raycroft said. "You get a little more fired up when you are trying to catch another team."

Raycroft made 23 saves for Boston, which is 0-1-2-1 in its last four.

"As long as we are peaking for the playoffs, that's all that counts," Bruins captain Joe Thornton said. "It is a test for us in the postseason to play these overtime games."

Boston leads the Eastern Conference with seven overtime losses.

Montreal took a 2-1 first-period lead courtesy of goals by Yanic Perreault and Michael Ryder. Perreault's one-timer beat Raycroft, and Ryder tied Richard Zednik for the team lead with 19 goals with a power-play score. Ryder has four goals in the last four games.

"He's (Theodore) our leader," Ryder said. "When he is on top of his game and we aren't playing our best, we trust that he will pull it out for us."

Martin Lapointe sandwiched in a power-play goal for Boston when he knocked in a rebound off a shot by Brian Rolston. Lapointe's goal snapped a Bruins scoreless drought of 152 minutes, 53 seconds, and it was Boston's second power-play goal in its last 26 chances.

Perreault's goal ended a streak of 105:18 in which the Canadiens failed to score against Boston.

Game notes


Green returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a rib injury. ... Saku Koivu's two assists gave him six in the last four games. ... Boston's Patrice Bergeron missed the game with a shoulder bruise and Sergei Samsonov remained out of the lineup with a rib injury. ... Montreal is 7-11-1 against the Northeast Division this season. ... Mike Ribeiro's assist added to his team-leading 53 points for the Canadiens.

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