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12/4/2006 10:15:15 PM


MONTREAL (CP) - Brad Stuart's second goal of the game with less than two minutes to play in regulation was the winner as the Boston Bruins squandered a three-goal lead but still recovered to down the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 on Monday.

Glen Murray, Marco Sturm, Shean Donovan and Wayne Primeau also scored for the Bruins (13-10-3), who have won four of their last five games and snapped a six-game losing streak against Montreal dating back to Feb. 2.

Guillaume Latendresse, Michael Ryder, Mike Johnson, Alexander Perezhogin and Sheldon Souray scored for the Canadiens (15-8-3) in front of 21,273 fans at the Bell Centre. Montreal has lost three of its last five games.

Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet was pulled for the first time of the season early in the second period, allowing four goals on 16 shots. After allowing only eight goals over a six-start winning streak from Nov. 13-28, Huet has allowed 11 goals on 103 shots in his last three games.

His replacement David Aebischer stopped 12 of 14 shots and took the loss after the Canadiens erased a 4-1 second period deficit with him in net, but still lost on Stuart's late goal.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, starting for the 13th time in 14 games, made 34 saves. It was the second straight game Thomas allowed a lead to slip away after Carolina turned Boston's 2-1 second period lead Saturday night into a 5-2 Hurricanes win, but this time it was Thomas and the Bruins who were victorious.

With the game tied 4-4 at the start of the third period, the Bruins took the lead at 10:35 when Stuart's shot from the point went off Souray's right skate and past Aebischer, but Souray atoned almost immediately by scoring his 10th of the season on the power play at 12:47 of the third.

But with only 1:48 left in regulation, another long point shot by Stuart found its way through a crowd and beat Aebischer for his fourth goal of the season, giving Boston the 6-5 win.

Starting the second with a 2-1 lead, the Bruins pounced with two quick goals to chase Huet.

Marc Savard picked off an errant clearing pass by Francis Bouillon to set up Donovan for his third of the year at 1:48 of the second period. With the Bruins shorthanded, Primeau picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and beat Huet with a long wrister at 3:12, ending the Canadiens netminder's evening.

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