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Bowman scores in final minute, gives Canadiens 3-2 preseason win over Bruins

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MONTREAL — Drayson Bowman scored with 48 seconds left to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both clubs.

Christian Thomas set up the winner after scoring the tying goal late in the second period. Jiri Sekac had Montreal's other goal.

Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser scored for Boston.

PHOTO: Montreal Canadiens right wing Christian Thomas (60) scores the second goal against Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg (72) as Boston Bruins defenseman Chris Casto (65) looks on during the second period of an NHL pre-season hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
Montreal Canadiens right wing Christian Thomas (60) scores the second goal against Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg (72) as Boston Bruins defenseman Chris Casto (65) looks on during the second period of an NHL pre-season hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Only 1:17 in, first round pick Nikita Scherbak's blind back pass was picked off by Spooner, who went in alone to beat Dustin Tokarski.

The teams exchanged power-play goals. Fraser scored at 9:12, and Sekac beat Niklas Svedberg with a shot off of David Krejci's stick at 19:52.

Thomas tied it at 16:49.

Michael McCarron, Montreal's 2013 first-round pick, sustained an arm injury late in the second period when he went to the net.

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