Nathan Horton gives Bruins fans early Easter present

The Boston Bruins, entering Saturday night’s contest with the Montreal Canadiens, were 0-26 when trailing a playoff series 2-0. Nathan Horton is trying to make sure that streak finally ends.

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Horton potted a rebound of an Andrew Ference shot at 9:03 of the second overtime, giving the Bruins a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Canadiens, and a 3-2 edge in their Eastern conference quarterfinal series.

It was an early Easter present for Boston fans, who saw the home team win for the first time in the series. And for Horton, seeing the puck in front of him with an open net was a nice present as well.

“I saw the rebound come out,” Horton said. “It was like it was in slow motion. It was just sitting there.”

Just a few minutes before, Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas also made sure the Bruins wouldn’t head back to Montreal in a deep hole, with an across-the-crease sliding save on a Brian Gionta shot.

“My thought was just trying to get it on the net and get it over him,” Gionta said. “He moves well side to side and he just read it.”

As sweet as the victory was for the Bruins, coach Claude Julien knows that no series lead is safe, especially considering the Bruins’ stunning defeat last year against the Philadelphia Flyers, who came back from a 3-0 series deficit.

“I think we experienced that last year,” Julien said. “You don’t want to bring it up, but we know how hard it is. We’ve got to go to Montreal knowing we’ve got to be ready. Montreal will come out and play the game of their lives.”

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