Final Score: Boston 5, Montreal 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Facing the prospect of a two-game hole in the
Eastern Conference semifinals, the Boston Bruins sent everything they could at
One shot knuckled into the ice and skipped past the Montreal Canadiens goalie
to tie the game. Barely two minutes later, Price couldn't get all the way over
to stop Reilly Smith.
Another NHL playoff game, another blown two-goal lead.
Smith scored the go-ahead marker during a four-goal flurry to end the third
period as Boston came back to beat Montreal 5-3 in Game 2 on Saturday, evening
The Bruins rebounded from Thursday's Game 1 loss, when P.K. Subban scored on a
Montreal power play 4:17 into the second overtime, and they rallied from a 3-1
deficit in this one with 13 1/2 minutes to play.
"We've been a strong third period team the entire year," said Smith. "We
started getting bounces. ... It ended up working out great, but it's tough
when you're relying on the third period to come back."
After Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game for Montreal -- both on
deflections from Subban -- Dougie Hamilton beat Price with a high wrist shot
from the point at 10:56 of the third off a pass from Brad Marchand.
Just over three minutes later, Patrice Bergeron picked a loose puck off the
wall, and his harmless shot from the right boards looked like it had little
chance of going into until it took that funky hop next to defenseman Francis
Bouillon and several feet in front of Price, going in over his shoulder.
Smith's winner with 3:32 left came after a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug was
tipped by Brendan Gallagher, slowing it down before it reached Smith in the
right circle for his near-side wrist shot.
"They poured it on at the end of the game," said Price. "I thought they got
pretty lucky. They were playing desperate ... and they found a way to put it
in the net."
Milan Lucic added an empty-netter and Daniel Paille scored earlier for the
Bruins, who escaped with a win at home before traveling to Montreal for Game 3
Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for the Bruins, who also lost Game 1 to Detroit in
the first round, then won the next four to advance for the fifth time in six
Mike Weaver had a goal for Montreal and Price gave up four on 34 shots. He had
25 saves on 26 shots in the first two periods.
"I thought we put ourselves in a position where we thought we could take the
win," said Subban. "But it's very tough to go into an opponent's building and
steal two games in the playoffs. It's not an easy thing to do. And unless you
play a full 60 (minutes) you're not going to be able to do it. We didn't play
a full 60 today."
Montreal killed off a 5-on-3 in the first period but Boston took a 1-0 lead
later on Paille's goal from the slot at 13:02 off a pass from Carl Soderberg,
who got the puck in the right corner after Andrej Meszaros had fired it off
the end boards.
Weaver's shot from the right circle made it through traffic and past Rask 1:09
into the second period to tie the score for the Habs.
Not long after Boston had a goal disallowed -- Milan Lucic batted the puck in
with his left glove -- Subban knocked down an attempted clear by Zdeno Chara
on a Montreal power play and Vanek tipped Subban's try past Rask to make it
2-1 Canadiens with 1:51 left in the second period.
Vanek was in front for another deflection off Subban's blast from the point 6
1/2 minutes into the third period, sending it high over Rask's shoulder for a
3-1 Montreal lead.
Rask beat Montreal for the first time in Boston (1-6-3) ... Marchand had two
assists ... Chara boasted a game-best plus-5 rating in almost 27 minutes of
ice time ... Boston was 0-for-3 on the power play and Montreal scored twice on
six chances ... The teams are meeting in the playoffs for the 34th time. The
Canadiens are 24-9 in the previous 33 series, but the Bruins have won the last
two (2008, 2011).
05/03 18:07:59 ET
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