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Bruins score four in 3rd, even series with Canadiens

Saturday, 05.03.2014 / 4:08 PM

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Bruins score four in 3rd, even series with Canadiens
Montréal Canadiens 3, Boston Bruins 5
Three Stars of the Game
Patrice Bergeron
1st
Patrice Bergeron
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:53
Reilly Smith
2nd
Reilly Smith
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 12:40
Thomas Vanek
3rd
Thomas Vanek
LW
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:02
BOS
Daniel Paille (1) Snap shot - ASST: Carl Soderberg (2), Andrej Meszaros (1)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
01:09
MTL
Mike Weaver (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (3), Brendan Gallagher (3)
1 - 1 Tie
18:09
MTL
PPG - Thomas Vanek (2) Tip-in - ASST: P.K. Subban (6), Max Pacioretty (2)
2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
06:30
MTL
PPG - Thomas Vanek (3) Slapshot - ASST: P.K. Subban (7), David Desharnais (2)
3 - 1 MTL
10:56
BOS
Dougie Hamilton (2) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (3), Patrice Bergeron (6)
3 - 2 MTL
14:17
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (4)
3 - 3 Tie
16:28
BOS
Reilly Smith (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Torey Krug (5), Zdeno Chara (1)
4 - 3 BOS
18:54
BOS
EN - Milan Lucic (4) Wrist shot - ASST: David Krejci (3), Kevan Miller (2)
5 - 3 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:11
MTL
Rene Bourque  Cross checking against  Torey Krug
01:11
BOS
Torey Krug  Roughing against  Rene Bourque
03:39
BOS
Jordan Caron  Hooking against  Brandon Prust
06:18
MTL
Dale Weise  Hooking against  Jordan Caron
07:18
MTL
Brandon Prust  Holding against  Patrice Bergeron
16:29
BOS
Dougie Hamilton  Interference against  Max Pacioretty
18:39
MTL
P.K. Subban  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Zdeno Chara
18:39
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  P.K. Subban
2nd Period
04:01
BOS
Kevan Miller  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
10:28
MTL
Lars Eller  Hooking against  David Krejci
16:09
MTL
Lars Eller  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Torey Krug
16:09
BOS
Torey Krug  Roughing against  Lars Eller
16:23
BOS
Andrej Meszaros  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
18:09
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Abusive language - bench
3rd Period
05:46
BOS
Dougie Hamilton  Interference against  Brendan Gallagher
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 59:16
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask
5-2-1
SA: 28TOI: 59:54
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0