Boston Bruins defeat Montreal Canadiens, 4-1

MONTREAL - Time will tell if the Bruins have begun a new era, one with significant success and perhaps a Stanley Cup, but they left here last night finally able to put some closure to their long and festering wound of playoff disappointment.

Here in a city once full of ghosts with such haunting surnames as Richard and Beliveau and Lafleur, the Bruins polished off a ghastly Canadiens team, 4-1, and ended their first-round playoff series with a four-game sweep of the fade...

MONTREAL - On the dressing room wall at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., there is a magnetic board that is updated each morning with the NHL standings.

One offday during the regular season, when the slumping Canadiens were in danger of falling out of the Eastern Conference's top eight, Michael Ryder walked by the board.

"Montreal dropping," said Ryder out loud to himself. "Got to love that."

Ryder's satisfaction became even sweeter last night when the hated H...