Bruins maul Habs

Marc Savard scored two power-play goals and Boston moved two wins away from its first playoff series victory since 1999 by beating Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is unable to get a glove on Boston Bruin Marc Savard’s shot as teammate Mark Recchi provides the screen in front during the Bruins 5-1 win in Boston on Saturday to take a 2-0 series lead.

A quick look at Saturday’s NHL playoff games:

Canadiens 1 at Bruins 5

Marc Savard scored two power-play goals and Boston moved two wins away from its first playoff series victory since 1999 by beating Montreal.

Top-seeded Boston took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series over No. 8 Montreal, which will play at home Monday night.

Savard also assisted on a power-play goal by Michael Ryder. Boston’s other goals were scored by Chuck Kobasew and Shane Hnidy, who replaced Matt Hunwick in the lineup after the defenceman had surgery to remove his spleen Saturday afternoon.

Alex Kovalev scored for Montreal.

Rangers 1 at Capitals 0

Ryan Callahan spoiled Simeon Varlamov’s NHL post-season debut by scoring on New York’s second shot, and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves, leading the seventh-seeded Rangers to a victory over the second-seeded Capitals and a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

It was Lundqvist’s third career playoff shutout.

Game 3 is Monday in New York, and Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau will have to decide whether to stick with Varlamov or go back to Jose Theodore.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin led the NHL in goals each of the past two seasons, but he hasn’t scored in the series.

Blue Jackets 0 at Red Wings 4

Brian Rafalski, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler scored, Chris Osgood posted his 14th NHL playoff shutout, and Detroit took a 2-0 lead over Columbus in the first-round Western Conference series.

Columbus hopes returning home will help Tuesday night when it hosts a playoff game for the first time in franchise history.

Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason had an NHL-high 10 shutouts during the season, but he has given up four goals in his first two playoff games. He made 35 saves in Game 2.

Osgood stopped 25 shots and moved into a fourth-place tie on the NHL’s career post-season shutout list.

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