NHL: Boston 5, Montreal 4

April 19, 2008 at 10:41 PM

BOSTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Phil Kessel had two goals and Boston again scored four times in the third period to beat Montreal 5-4 and take their Eastern Conference quarterfinal to Game 7.

It was the third straight time Boston has scored four times in the final period. The seventh and final game in the series, now tied 3-3, will be played Monday in Montreal.

Marco Sturm, Milan Lucic and Vladimir Sobotka also scored for the Bruins. Boston goalie Tim Thomas stopped 31-of-35 shots.

Christopher Higgins scored two goals for Montreal, which won all eight regular-season meetings with Boston. The Canadians held a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series before losing Games 5 and 6.

Tomas Plekanec and Francis Bouillon also scored for Montreal. Saku Koivu, who missed the Canadiens' previous nine games, had two assists and Montreal goalie Carey Price had 31 saves.

Boston took its first lead of the night at 15:45 of the third period.

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