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Boston heads home with 3-1 series lead

MONTREAL (AP) -- Glen Murray took advantage of his good fortune

and made a goat out of Montreal's Alexei Kovalev.

Murray pounced on Kovalev's mistake to score on a breakaway 9:27

into the second overtime Tuesday night, giving the Boston Bruins a

4-3 win over the Canadiens.

Boston, which took a 3-1 series lead, tied it when Mike Knuble

scored with 30.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

Murray beat goalie Jose Theodore with a wrist shot after

Montreal's Kovalev -- who scored his third goal in two games in

regulation -- collided with teammate Sheldon Souray in the neutral

zone.

"The puck was just laying there for me," Murray said.

Kovalev was shaking his hand after appearing to be slashed on

the glove by Travis Green and lost sight of the puck -- and Souray

and Murray.

"There's nothing you can say about that," said Kovalev, whose

right hand was wrapped in a bag of ice. "We ended up in the middle

of the ice, and Sheldon ended up losing the puck."

Canadiens coach Claude Julien felt Kovalev made a bad decision.

"I think that when the referees don't call a penalty on a play,

you can't stop playing," Julien said. "They decided not to call

it, and then they collided. Murray got the breakaway, and he doesn't

miss many of those.

"It's a crappy way to lose a game"

Souray also felt Kovalev should have been more concerned about

playing the puck.

"It's crazy," Souray said. "I was just caught by surprise

that he left the puck there and there was no one behind me. It's

frustrating that it happened right now, in a game that was so

important."

Green wasn't surprised no penalty was called on the play.

"If I double-handed slashed him, I'm sure his arm would be

broken," Green said.

Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft made 42 saves. Theodore stopped 40

shots.

Michael Nylander and Jiri Slegr also scored for Boston, which won its second overtime game of the series. Bruins rookie Patrice Bergeron scored 1:26 into overtime Friday to give Boston a 2-1 home win, its second straight to open the first-round series.

"Whoever comes out of this game with a win has a lot of

momentum going with them," Raycroft said. "To close out and get a

split here in Montreal was huge for us."

The Bruins can end the series with a win in Game 5, which is Thursday in

Boston.

Knuble tied the score in the final minute of the third period,

though he had to wait several anxious moments for a video review to

award the goal.

Knuble put a backhander past Theodore's left pad from the edge

of the crease, though play continued for another eight seconds.

Play was stopped with 22.1 seconds remaining, and video replay

officials reviewed the play. The replay showed Knuble put the puck

just across the goal line inside the left post before it quickly

rebounded out of the net.

"It was a hope and a prayer," Knuble said.

The Bruins' bench erupted in cheers and the sellout Bell Centre

crowd of 21,273 moaned its disappointment when referee Mick

McGeough pointed to center ice to signal the goal. The clock was

reset to 30.7 seconds remaining.

Mike Ribeiro scored twice and Kovalev had his third goal in two

games for Montreal, which scored just once while losing the first

two games in Boston.

Ribeiro, whom many Bruins accused of faking an injury late in

Montreal's 3-2 win in Game 3, found a much better way to get under

their skin. He scored his first career playoff goal 4:41 in before

the Bruins could lay a hand on him. By the time Boston forward

Brian Rolston knocked him to the ice, Ribeiro already had deflected

a bouncing puck backward past Raycroft's right leg and inside the

left post.

He got his second of the game early in the second period to put

Montreal up 3-1. Kovalev had given the Canadiens a 2-1 edge with

4.9 seconds remaining in the first period.

Ribeiro, who didn't practice Monday, writhed in pain on the ice

with less than a minute remaining in Sunday's game after what

appeared to be an innocuous collision with Knuble. He remained on

the Canadiens' bench through the end of that game and smiled while

trading barbs with the Bruins, drawing the visitors' ire.

Nylander returned and scored his third goal of the series in the

first period. Nylander, who has five points in three games, missed

Game 3 because of flu-like symptoms.

Slegr drew Boston within 3-2 when his shot deflected off

Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon's skate and past Theodore

midway in the second period.

Game notes

The Canadiens lost defenseman Stephane Quintal to an

apparent hip injury in the second period. Quintal had to be helped

off the ice after he struck his right hip on the boards when he was

upended by Boston defenseman Hal Gill. ... The Bruins are 11-21

against Montreal overall in playoff overtimes. ... In response to

scattered booing heard during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before

Sunday's game, the Canadiens broadcast a recorded message from Jean

Beliveau on the video board. The Hall of Famer asked fans to show

respect during both national anthems. Less booing was heard, and most fans applauded through the end of the American anthem. ...

Canadiens C Steve Begin was out because of a leg injury from

Sunday's game.