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Bruins tie up Canadiens with OT victory

MONTREAL — Michael Ryder scored 1:59 into overtime to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory over the Canadiens on Thursday, tying the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece.

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Boston came back from deficits of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3. Andrew Ference made an obscene gesture to the capacity crowd of 21,273 after he drove a slap shot past Carey Price midway through the second to draw Boston within 3-2.

"I think my glove got caught up," Ference said. "I can assure you that's not part of who I am or what I ever have been. It looks awful, I admit it. I completely apologize about how it looks."

Bruins 0 3 1 1 5
Canadiens 1 2 1 0 4

First Period 1, Montreal, Sopel 1 (Cammalleri, Desharnais), 8:13. PenaltiesEller, Mon (interference), 14:24.

Second Period2, Boston, Ryder 1 (Kaberle, Kelly), 2:13. 3, Montreal, Cammalleri 2 (Gionta, Gomez), 6:52. 4, Montreal, Kostitsyn 2 (Plekanec, Moen), 7:47. 5, Boston, Ference 1 (Marchand, Bergeron), 9:59. 6, Boston, Bergeron 2 (Marchand, Seidenberg), 17:04. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period7, Montreal, Subban 1 (Wisniewski, Cammalleri), 1:39 (pp). 8, Boston, Kelly 2 (Peverley, Ryder), 13:42. PenaltiesBergeron, Bos (hooking), :32; Seidenberg, Bos (interference), 17:41. First Overtime9, Boston, Ryder 2 (Kelly, Peverley), 1:59. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 8-14-12-1—35. Montreal 15-15-6-2—38. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 1; Montreal 1 of 2. GoaliesBoston, Thomas 2-2-0 (38 shots-34 saves). Montreal, Price 2-2-0 (35-30).

Ducks-Predators: Anaheim left wing Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for tonight's Game 5 by the league for a late hit on Nashville's Martin Erat in Game 4 on Wednesday. Ruutu was given an interference penalty in the second. Erat left the game with an upper-body injury and didn't travel to Anaheim for Game 5. Predators coach Barry Trotz ripped into the Ducks, saying they are whining and complaining about being targeted.

Flyers-Sabres: Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said the Flyers were "really doing a lot of whining" after their 1-0 Game 4 loss Wednesday. Among the comments: Flyers captain Mike Richards, who was assessed a five-minute elbowing major for a hit on forward Patrick Kaleta, said the Sabres were allowed "to get away with murder." Said Ruff, "I didn't hear any whining when the power plays in the first game were lopsided (in Philadelphia's favor)." … Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, out since the regular season with a broken hand, was expected back for tonight's Game 5. Forward Jeff Carter, their top goal scorer in the regular season, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury after being hit by defenseman Tyler Myers on Wednesday.

Thrashers: Former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine said he would like to organize an ownership group that keeps the troubled team in Atlanta. Glavine was drafted in baseball and hockey.

Late Wednesday

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two goals in two minutes in the third period and the Red Wings were headed into the next playoff round, the Coyotes toward an uncertain future.

Detroit swept the Coyotes out of the playoffs and possibly out of the desert with a 6-3 victory in their West quarterfinal. With the ownership situation still up in the air at two years and counting, the Coyotes played could have been their last game in the desert.

"The frustrating thing is stable ownership gives you an atmosphere where you feel you can be successful," coach Dave Tippett said. "We have scratched and clawed, and I give our group a ton of credit because they dealt with it for two years."

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