Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Forward Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal as the Boston Bruins recorded four goals in the third en route to a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Second round at 1-1 Saturday at TD Garden.
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 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. Thomas Vanek scored two goals after failing to land a shot on net in Game 1.
Game 3 is at Bell Centre in Montreal Tuesday.
The Bruins took their first lead of this series at 13:02 of the first period when Daniel Paille scored on a snap shot from the high slot.
Montreal pulled even in the second when 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.
Vanek broke the tie at 18:09 of the period during a 4-on-3 power play before extending the Canadiens’ lead at 6:30 of the third period on another Montreal power play.
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.