May 25, 2018
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Bruins tie series with 5-3 win over Canadiens

Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) is congratulated by Zdeno Chara (33) after scoring a goal during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins won the contest 5-3 to even the series at a game each.
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Reilly Smith scored with 3:32 remaining in the third period as host Boston overcame a late two-goal deficit to even its Eastern Conference second-round series with Montreal at one game apiece.

Patrice Bergeron collected a goal and an assist and Daniel Paille, Milan Lucic and defenseman Dougie Hamilton also tallied for the Bruins, who scored four times in under an eight-minute stretch in the third. Boston, which travels to the Bell Centre for Game 3 on Tuesday, split its two regular-season meetings in Montreal — dropping a 2-1 decision on Dec. 5 before breezing to a 4-1 triumph on March 12.

Thomas Vanek scored a pair of power-play goals and defenseman Mike Weaver also tallied for the Canadiens, who have scored four times with the man advantage in the series. Defenseman P.K. Subban notched a pair of assists in the setback.

After Vanek’s offensive explosion gave Montreal a 3-1 lead, Hamilton’s wrist shot from the point trimmed the deficit midway into the third before Bergeron’s bid from along the right-wing boards fluttered past Carey Price (30 saves) with 5:43 left. Reilly deposited defenseman Torey Krug’s circle-to-circle pass into the net to give Boston a 4-3 lead before Lucic sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 66 seconds to play.

With Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros serving a roughing penalty, Subban wired a pass from the left circle that deflected off Vanek’s stick in front and past Vezina Trophy finalist Tuukka Rask (25 saves) to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with 1:51 remaining in the second period. The Montreal contingent teamed up again as Subban’s blast from the point was chipped home by Vanek at 6:30 of the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Subban netted a pair of power-play goals in Montreal’s 4-3 double-overtime victory on Thursday. The Canadiens are 4-for-9 with the man advantage in the series. … Lucic nearly gave his team a 2-1 lead late in the second period, but officials reviewed the play and deemed that the burly star batted the puck into the net with his glove. … Boston’s Andrej Meszaros replaced fellow D Matt Bartkowski in the lineup and promptly notched an assist on Paille’s first-period tally before committing a costly roughing penalty. Meszaros was making his first postseason appearance since Game 2 of the first-round series versus Detroit. Bartkowski was whistled for holding RW Dale Weise in double overtime of Game 1, leading to Subban’s winning tally.


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