Revenge all-around for Bruins

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Milan Lucic didn't call Mike Komisarek classless.

But he certainly insinuated it.

Having dropped the Canadiens defenceman with a right-handed uppercut during a second-period skirmish, Lucic was on the receiving end of a Komisarek cheap shot in the third period of the Boston Bruins' 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Bell Centre.

Komisarek's cross-check to the head of Lucic earned him a five minute major and a game misconduct, an act that obviously came out of frustration.

"There are two ways to go about it," said Lucic, who had a small bloody gash on his face as a souvenir of Komisarek's stick. "You can do it the cheap way and cross check. Or you can do it the honourable way and fight.

"I'll tell you one thing. It doesn't hurt as much when you win."

By sweeping the Canadiens in four straight last night, the Bruins won their first playoff series since 1999, a tribute to the job done by the entire organization including general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien.

Julien was fired by Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey in 2006. Last night, as the two men shook hands after the game, it must have been a sweet moment for Julien.

NICE FEELING

Revenge always is.

Just ask Michael Ryder.

A year ago, he was sitting in the press box during a series against the Bruins, not deemed good enough to play for the Canadiens.

Last night he scored twice, helping the Bruins eliminate their long-time rivals.

"I have to admit, this is nice to beat your old team," Ryder said. "The Bruins wanted me (when Montreal let me go). They welcomed me right away.

"It's a nice feeling."

Phil Kessel and David Krejci adding singles for Boston.

The Bruins now will face the lowest-ranked seed out of the Eastern Conference that emerges out of the first round.

"It's going to be great for the city, for the fans," captain Zdeno Chara said. "It has been a long time since the franchise has won a playoff series. Now we plan to keep going."


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