|MTL||0||2||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|BOS||1||0||4||(null - null)||5|
|G: 1||Shots: 4|
|A: 1||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 3||TOI: 19:53|
|G: 1||Shots: 3|
|A: 0||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 3||TOI: 12:40|
|G: 2||Shots: 3|
|A: 0||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 0||TOI: 16:57|
BOSTON (NHL.com) - For the second time in as many games in the Eastern Conference Second Round, the Boston Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit against the Montreal Canadiens.
This time, the Bruins won.
Forward Reilly Smith capped a rally of three Boston goals in 5:32 of the third period, and the Bruins defeated the Canadiens 5-3 Saturday at TD Garden to even the best-of-7 series 1-1.
The Bruins trailed 3-1 after Montreal forward Thomas Vanek scored at 6:30 of the third period. Boston rallied from 2-0 down in Game 1, and trailed 3-2 before losing 4-3 in double overtime on Thursday.
Game 3 is at Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Smith beat Montreal goaltender Carey Price with a wrist shot from near the bottom of the right circle with 3:32 left to put Boston ahead 4-3.
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton started the comeback by changing his angle on the blue line then beating a moving Price with a wrist shot through traffic that cut the lead to 3-2 at 10:56 of the third. Patrice Bergeron tied the game with a wrist shot from up high near the right half wall. The puck deflected off Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon before it went past Price with 5:43 to go.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 25 of 28 shots, and forward Milan Lucic sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:06 left.
Price finished with 30 saves in the Canadiens' first loss of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs after five straight wins. Vanek scored two goals after failing to land a shot on net in Game 1.
The Canadiens trailed for a total of 3:34 through their first five postseason games, including a first-round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Bruins took their first lead of this series at 13:02 of the first period. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros missed wide on a shot from the blue line and center Carl Soderberg kept the puck in at the right wall. Soderberg found Daniel Paille at the high slot for a snap shot that was nicked by Bouillon's stick and eluded Price.
The Bruins failed to take advantage of a 1:00 5-on-3 advantage earlier in the first. The Canadiens were 0-for-2 on the power play in the period.
Montreal wasted little time to pull even in the second. Defenseman Mike Weaver smacked a one-timer from the top of the right circle past Rask at 1:09 off a feed from Tomas Plekanec. The Canadiens had been buzzing around the Bruins net, but Rask did some acrobatics to keep the puck out before the goal.
Vanek broke the tie at 18:09 of the period during a 4-on-3 power play. After Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara turned over the puck to Montreal forward Max Pacioretty, defenseman P.K. Subban zipped a pass to the front, where Vanek just got his stick down in time for a tip that gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.
Vanek extended the Canadiens' lead at 6:30 of the third period on another Montreal power play. Subban took a shot from the blue line and Vanek tipped it in after it emerged from a lot of traffic. It might've also been tipped out high before giving Montreal a 3-1 lead.
Subban's two assists gave him four points in the series and nine in six postseason games.
|Daniel Paille (1) ASST: Carl Soderberg (2), Andrej Meszaros (1)|
1 - 0 BOS
|Mike Weaver (1) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (3), Brendan Gallagher (3)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Thomas Vanek (2) ASST: P.K. Subban (6), Max Pacioretty (2)|
2 - 1 MTL
|PPG - Thomas Vanek (3) ASST: P.K. Subban (7), David Desharnais (2)|
3 - 1 MTL
|Dougie Hamilton (2) ASST: Brad Marchand (3), Patrice Bergeron (6)|
3 - 2 MTL
|Patrice Bergeron (2) ASST: Brad Marchand (4)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Reilly Smith (3) ASST: Torey Krug (5), Zdeno Chara (1)|
4 - 3 BOS
|EN - Milan Lucic (4) ASST: David Krejci (3), Kevan Miller (2)|
5 - 3 BOS
|Rene Bourque Cross checking against Torey Krug|
|Torey Krug Roughing against Rene Bourque|
|Jordan Caron Hooking against Brandon Prust|
|Dale Weise Hooking against Jordan Caron|
|Brandon Prust Holding against Patrice Bergeron|
|Dougie Hamilton Interference against Max Pacioretty|
|P.K. Subban Unsportsmanlike conduct against Zdeno Chara|
|Zdeno Chara Unsportsmanlike conduct against P.K. Subban|
|Kevan Miller Roughing against Brendan Gallagher|
|Lars Eller Hooking against David Krejci|
|Lars Eller Unsportsmanlike conduct against Torey Krug|
|Torey Krug Roughing against Lars Eller|
|Andrej Meszaros Roughing against Tomas Plekanec|
|Shawn Thornton Abusive language - bench|
|Dougie Hamilton Interference against Brendan Gallagher|
|SA: 34||TOI: 59:16|
|Saves: 30||EV: 21 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .882||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:54|
|Saves: 25||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 8|
|SV%: .893||SH: 0 - 0|