MONTREAL (AP) _ Once Darren Langdon scored a rare goal, the Montreal
Canadiens knew this was their night.
Langdon scored for the first time in over two years and Saku Koivu netted
the go-ahead goal in the second period, leading the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over
the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
That tied the first-round playoff series 3-3, forcing a deciding Game 7 on
Monday in Boston.
``At my little bar, if I scored a goal we used to give everyone a free
round,'' Langdon said of his first goal since Dec. 22, 2001. ``We didn't lose
too much money on that this year.''
Jose Theodore made 22 saves, and Yanic Perreault, Alex Kovalev, and Jan
Bulis also scored for Montreal. The Canadiens have won two in a row after
falling behind 3-1 in the series following Kovalev's mistake that led directly
to a double overtime loss Tuesday.
``After Game 4, it was a frustrating loss and I thought the guys were
down,'' Koivu said. ``Mentally, we were able to refocus and play a strong road
game and get the win there. The one thing about this team is that we never gave
up. We went through some tough times in the regular season, we didn't give up
on those days and we're not going to do it now.''
The Canadiens have never won a seven-game series in which they trailed 3-1.
``It's whoever wants it more that goes out and wins in Game 7,'' rookie
Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft said. ``We need to want it more.''
Sergei Samsonov scored twice for Boston, including a goal off a partial
breakaway 4:36 into the third which drew the Bruins within 3-2.
``I thought we had our chances in the third,'' Samsonov said. ``I thought we
put up a good effort _ when you score a goal in the third and you're only one
goal behind _ but we've got to be more desperate right from the beginning.''
Koivu assisted on Kovalev's empty-net goal with 40.5 seconds remaining.
Bulis scored with 3.7 seconds left.
Samsonov notched his first goal of the series 7:16 in to give the Bruins a
1-0 lead. His shot off a faceoff in the Canadiens' zone squirted through
Theodore's pads and rolled slowly over the goal line. The sellout crowd yelled
in a vain attempt to let the Canadiens goalie know where the puck was.
Langdon, who hadn't recorded a point in 20 previous playoff games, drew
Montreal even at 12:37.
The celebration was delayed for several agonizing minutes as the goal was
under video review. The replay confirmed that Langdon directed Perreault's pass
with his stick beyond Raycroft.
``I've got good hands, I knew it was going to be there,'' Langdon joked. ``I
knew I didn't kick it. It was a good goal.''
Montreal took the lead moments after Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek
checked Joe Thornton heavily into the boards in the second period, sending the
Bruins captain to the ice.
``Each guy in this room has contributed one way or another,'' said
Komisarek, who played his second straight game in place of Stephane Quintal,
injured in Game 3.
Koivu beat Raycroft through the legs moments later at 6:03.
``Sometimes it's a big defensive play that saves a goal, or it's a big hit
that gets the team going,'' Koivu said. ``Komo had a good check there and we
were able to get the goal and that's kind of how the momentum switched.''
The Canadiens nearly missed taking a two-goal lead when they had a few
short-handed chances midway through the period. Joe Juneau's shot off a partial
break hit the outside of the net, and Steve Begin shot wide after taking a pass
Bulis and Jim Dowd failed to convert a two-on-one opportunity before the
penalty expired as Dowd shot wide.
Montreal finally got an insurance goal from Perreault, who took Michael
Ryder's pass and drove a slap shot in at 14:23.
The goal proved valuable as Samsonov got his second of the game in the
third, beating Theodore despite having defenseman Patrice Brisebois draped all