Saturday, May 3, 2014
Game 2 Rapid Reaction: Bruins 5, Habs 3
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins erased a two-goal deficit in the third period en route to a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.
The Bruins' Reilly Smith scored the game-winning goal at 16:28 of the third to give Boston the win and even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
Boston also received goals from Daniel Paille, Dougie Hamilton, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic (empty net), and Tuukka Rask finished with 25 saves.
The Canadiens' Thomas Vanek scored a pair of goals, and Mike Weaver also scored for Montreal. Goaltender Carey Price finished with 30 saves.
Before Boston's third-period comeback, the Bruins weren't at their best to start. When they did create chances, Price made timely saves.
The Bruins failed to capitalize on a one-minute 5-on-3 and generated only two shots during the power play.
On the ensuing even-strength shift, the Canadiens controlled the play in the offensive zone when Montreal's Max Pacioretty had an off-post chance, but Rask slid across and made a left-pad save to preserve the stalemate. The Bruins then scored the first goal of the game less than three minutes later.
Paille gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when his shot from the slot ricocheted off Montreal's Francis Bouillon and beat Price at 13:02 of the opening period. Carl Soderberg made a strong pass from the corner to Paille, who was able to get off a wrister for his first goal of the playoffs.
Early in the second period, Montreal capitalized on a turnover in the neutral zone and tied the score at 1-1. The Bruins' Brad Marchand controlled the puck at the offensive blue line, and, instead of getting the puck deep and going for a line change, he held the puck before it was stripped away. The Canadiens gained the zone and created a scramble in front of Rask, before Weaver provided the tying goal at 1:09.
The Bruins kept applying pressure, but every time they created a quality scoring chance, Price would come up with a timely save.
Late in the second period, Montreal scored a 5-on-4 power-play goal to take a 2-1 lead. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was exhausted after killing off a 4-on-3 and couldn't clear the puck as Montreal gained control before Vanek notched the go-ahead goal at 18:09.
In the third period, Montreal again scored on the power play to gain a 3-1 lead. P.K. Subban took a shot from the point, and Vanek redirected it past Rask at 6:30.
Hamilton cut Boston's deficit to one goal at 10:56 of the third period when his snap shot from just inside the blue line made its way through traffic and beat Price.
Boston wasn't done.
The Bruins tied it when Bergeron's shot from the right half wall ricocheted off Bouillon and beat Price to the short side at 14:17 of the third.
Smith scored the game winner after he received a pass from Torey Krug and beat a sprawling Price at 16:28 of the third period. Lucic added an empty-net goal with 1:06 remaining in regulation to ice the victory.
The series shifts to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday at Bell Centre.
INJURED: Bruins forward Shawn Thornton suffered what appeared to be a right leg injury 22 seconds into the third period. He went into the boards awkwardly after applying a check on Subban between the benches. A team trainer tended to Thornton, and he needed help off the ice and to the locker room. He returned midway through the third period and received a standing ovation on his first shift back.
LINEUP CHANGES: Bruins coach Claude Julien decided to tweak his lineup for Game 2. He inserted forward Jordan Caron as Justin Florek was a healthy scratch. On the defensive side, Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch, with Andrej Meszaros paired with fellow defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Florek had played the first six games of the postseason. Caron played the entire first-round series but was a healthy scratch for Game 1 against Montreal with Paille returning from injury.