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Boston Bruins stage late comeback, even series with Montreal Canadiens

The Boston Bruins evened up their second-round playoff series with the Montreal Candiens Saturday afternoon at TD Garden, scoring four third period goals, earning a 5-3 victory in Game 2. Boston was plagued by numerous penalties and nearly dropped their second straight contest at home to Montreal before dismantling them in the game’s final minutes.

The Bruins, facing a must win situation on home-ice, grabbed an early lead on a Daniel Paille goal in the first. Paille fired a shot from the high slot that beat Carey Price after Carl Soderberg worked the puck lose along the wall. Soderberg then fed him for the score.

Montreal responded with two second period goals from Mike Weaver and Thomas Vanek. Weaver netted a goal on a slapshot that beat Tuukka Rask. Vanek then put the Canadiens on top 2-1 with a powerplay goal.

Boston headed for the third facing a defecit. Vanek added a second powerplay goal 6:30 into the third, delivering a blow to any hopes of a Bruins comeback. Though Claude Julien‘s club remained patient and stuck to their system.

Dougie Hamilton sparked an improbable come-from-behind win, firing a wrist shot through traffic that beat price at 10:56 of the third. Trailing 3-2, Patrice Bergeron let a shot fly that deflected off of Francis Bouillon, tieing things at three with 5:43 remaining in regulation.

Boston erased its second two goal defecit of the playoffs when Reilly Smith netted the game-winner with 3:32 left to play. Smith snipped a goal from the right circle and the Canadiens had no response.

For good measure, Milan Lucic tallied an empty-netter prior to the final horn, sending Montreal home losers before Tuesday’s Game 3 showdown at the Bell Centre.

“It’s a big win, there’s no question,” said Jarome Iginla following the game. “We did a lot of good things again. We fought through a lot of stuff tonight.”

The Bruins were forced to battle through nine penalty calls against them in the game. Boston dialed it up when it mattered most, succesfully putting Thursday’s double overtime loss in the distant past.

Rask bounced back with a steady performance. He turned aside 25 of 28 shots. The win marked his first over Montreal in his last 10 attempts.

As attention shifts to Game 3, the Bruins will look to get off to a strong start on the road. Their starts in the opening two games are far from what they’re capable of.


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