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Canadiens pull even late in third, beat B's in shootout

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BOSTON -- Brendan Gallagher began Montreal's comeback from a two-goal deficit with a third-period goal. The rookie ended it with the only goal in the shootout.

After blowing a two-goal lead of their own, the Canadiens rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in a meeting of the top two teams in the Northeast Division.

"When you get down two goals twice and come back (with) two goals you have a lot of character," Gallagher said. "It's great to see it."

The victory snapped a tie for the second-most points in the Eastern Conference, giving the Canadiens 47. They lead the Northeast Division by a point over the Bruins. Andrei Markov tied it with 8.2 seconds left in regulation on a shot that went off Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara's stick.

In the shootout, all six Bruins players were stopped by Peter Budaj. The first five Canadiens couldn't score, either. Then Gallagher put the puck between Tuukka Rask's pads.

"My initial plan was to kind of deke and then I saw he was going to read that well," Gallagher said. "So I changed it at the last second."

Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Nathan Horton scored for Boston, but they were among the six who failed to put the puck past Budaj in the shootout.

"It comes down to one goal," Rask said, "so it makes it even more heartbreaking."

Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban put Montreal ahead 2-0 early in the second period. Then the Bruins, who had scored only nine goals in their previous five games, scored four in just over 14 minutes against goalie Carey Price.

"It was nice to see us score some goals," Bruins coach Claude Julien said, "but, unfortunately, we couldn't keep (the puck) out of our net."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 28, 2013 D3

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