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Roaring Back: Bruins tie series with 5-3 comeback victory

May 3, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins helped add to the “Year of the Comeback” after overcoming a 3-1 third period deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 and tie the series 1-1.

After Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-1, the Bruins scored four consecutive goals. Dougie Hamilton started it off at 10:56 with his second of the playoffs. Patrice Bergeron tied it with a snap shot that took a funny hop on the way to the net and past Carey Price with 5:43 left in the third.

Reilly Smith‘s third goal of the playoffs put the Bruins ahead for good just 2:11 after Bergeron’s tally. Milan Lucic‘s empty-net goal sealed the deal with 1:06 remaining, capping the latest in what’s become a long list of comebacks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Even though Price played stellar in goal yet again (30 saves), it was Tuukka Rask who benefits the most. The win against the Canadiens in Boston was the first of his career. While Rask saw Vanek victimize him twice with deflections in front, he got to enjoy the second half of the third period watching his team dominate after a lackluster second. He finished the game with 25 saves.

The series now heads to Montreal and if you had asked the Canadiens before the round started if they’d take a split in the first two games in Boston, they would and run with it. After a dispiriting loss like this, Montreal has to avoid a letdown in Game 3. Stealing home-ice advantage many never felt as bad as it could for the Canadiens.

If you missed the game, here are the highlights:

  1. matthews4 - May 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    What did we learn? When the officials get the hell out of the way Boston is the better team.

    • joeman26 - May 3, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      on to game 3…. just watching the 2 games the B’s are the better team

      • joeman26 - May 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        nice job ..this says it all

        “We should have [that composure] in here. We’ve been through a lot,” said Shawn Thornton. “This time of year, it’s not about showing who’s the bigger man or who’s tougher, it’s about wins and losses. You ride that line, you play on the edge, but you try not to cross it.”

        That much was obvious in the first two periods when the Bruins were trailing Montreal headed into the third period, and crossing the line with regularity. Once they just started playing straight ahead hockey in the third period, that’s when good things began to happen for the Black and Gold.

    • cheetah440 - May 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      has Montreal even scored a non PP goal yet? Pretty sad when your entire game is predicated on getting PP’s……B’s totally dominated, could have been 8, 10 goals..again. Gonna happen one of these games, flood gates will open and this laughable “Price has been outstanding” crap will be over.

  2. bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Thats the Bruins team I know! 3rd Period domination. Back to the drawing board Habnots!

  3. lordstanley65 - May 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Three goals in five minutes!!! Yeaaaah! Play disciplined hockey and goo things will happen?

    • lordstanley65 - May 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Or, good things will happen. Leave me alone, I’m drunk.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        We all are…

      • the8man - May 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Me too. About to get drunkerer……

        Have to admit, I was a little despondent after the third Habs goal. Kept watching and hoping…and then…..

        Go Bs!

  4. bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    They come out that way the Habs will be done quick! Go B’s!

  5. drewsylvania - May 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Thank god. They survived the usual imbalanced reffing and their own difficulties keeping their emotions in check when they play this dirty team.

    • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      What was that unsportsmanlike call? In a playoff game? What did Claude say to draw that call?

      • drewsylvania - May 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Probably “I hate the Habs”.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        The bastard

      • jcmeyer10 - May 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        His presser he said, “I told the refs I disagreed with their calls” and everyone laughed. It must have been a lot more colorful than that to get the call.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Bruins Rangers is gonna be a classic

      • the8man - May 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        From your lips to the Original 6 Gods ears. Yes, Gods not God’s. I imagine there are more than one.

        I will not speculate as to what sweaters they wear.

        Go Bs!

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 4, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        I just hope the hockey gods are saying to pittsburgh your owned by the NHL your out of place here ,,,now get !

    • habs9 - May 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      even in a win, its WAAHHHH refs, you Bruins fans are really completely unlikable

      • bbgraf08 - May 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        No, it’s a prideful statement. The Bruins won despite some questionable refereeing. We as Bruins fans, however, will take it! Fun to see Price get wacked around in the 3rd again–too bad they couldn’t put him away in game 1.

      • habs9 - May 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        fair enough, i can respect that response at least you gave me one unlike the ones who have nothing to say and hide behin booing a comment! Cheers, onto the next one, should be a good one!

      • sixchr - May 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        You call it “waahh refs” while we call it scoreboard. The penalty disparity and some of the calls made were a joke.

      • bbgraf08 - May 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        Agreed-next one will be fun.

    • stixzidinia - May 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      By imbalanced reffing you mean all the powerplays the B’s get because of Marchand flopping and faking injuries?

      • drewsylvania - May 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        You didn’t watch the game, did you?

  6. nhronin - May 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Waiting for the pouting poutine crowd to crawl in, make excuses and tell us about the glorious history of the Habs that happened before they were born.

    • habs9 - May 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      you guys already beat us to the whining…..even though you won….what a surprise its what you do best: whine whine whine, be happy you escaped with this one

      • lordstanley65 - May 3, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        You complain about whining…yet that’s all you’ve done in your past two posts.

      • habs9 - May 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        there’s a difference between pointing out obvious facts and whining, but of course i dont expect you to understand this….

      • lordstanley65 - May 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Nope. Guess I’d have to be a Habs fan to understand.

      • drewsylvania - May 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        I guess red & blue glasses mess up your brain, too….

      • autorot - May 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        two words: 3rd Period

        It’d be a shame if you choked again.

  7. numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Yes, they won, great comeback.

    If the bruins think they’re going to do this up in Montreal they’re insane. They need to kill penalties and score on the PP. That’s what matters at the bell centre.

    • drewsylvania - May 3, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      The only thing the Bruins need to do better is keep their emotions in check. They need to do the rest the same, and get better puck luck.

    • drewsylvania - May 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      And, of course, withstand the even-more-biased reffing that is a staple of the Bell Centre experience.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        That’s what I mean, they’re all set 5-5. They have to improve special teams to withstand the inevitable.

    • autorot - May 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      I think what we’ll start to see in this series is PP and PK% fallback closer to season averages, Shooting percentage as well. If all of those move closer to season averages then montreal may burn.

  8. ironyisadeadscene - May 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Phew, i picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

  9. bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Dont worry, they will. They will be rolling when they get there. The Habs heads will be spinning.

  10. sixchr - May 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM


  11. nunan - May 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Shows just how dominant the Bs are when they play their game. They either allow the Habs to get in their heads or they don’t. When they don’t, it’s not even a question of who is better.

  12. bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Meltdown. Habs looked like Pitt in the 3rd

  13. newgod99 - May 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Beating the Habs means beating the refs also. Can’t wait for the Montreal dive feat on Tuesday.

  14. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    just how many in-offs and lucky bounces can these clowns depend upon series after series … i can’t see it continuing

    still, was there ever a better display of bad hockey full of broken coverage, slack defensive play and ham-handed clods missing wide open chances … neither of these pretenders will survive against anything coming out of the west …

    no chance

    there’s a different breed of speed and skill out west … less brain-dead stupidity and more the thinking man’s game

    san josé must rue the geographical complications … they’d have been looking forward to a sixth stanley cup finals appearance were they fortunate enough to play in the east


    • dolanster - May 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Thanks for totally invalidating whatever point you were making with the San Jose reference.

    • drewsylvania - May 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      If you think the Bruins *benefited* from a lot of lucky bounces today….well, it’s obvious you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Right except only one team from the west will actually make it and they will be banged up at that point. The Bruins did quite fine with the west this year so I like their chances. Today was a classic case of battlling the refs and playing down to the opponent. A couple of road games might be just what the doctor ordered so the team can get back to disciplined, methodical system wide defensive hockey.

      • infectorman - May 3, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Muglyfguly out for a troll again.

        Fact: both of Subban’s game 1 goals were screens. Goal number 1, was a joke. Goal number 2, while a hard shot went into the middle of the net – Rask never saw it.

        Speaking of in-off’s and lucky bounces. Boston had enough unlucky bounces in Game 1 to last an entire playoff series; just because they were more fortuitous in game 2 is a balancing of the Hockey Force.

        Plus: in order to get in-off’s and bounces, you have to work to get into position to get good shots, win the one-on-one battles in the corners and along the walls, take the shots and crash the net.

        Like I said before, it doesn’t need to be pretty like LA Lakers showtime, just bring us the Cup.

    • autorot - May 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Both these teams had winning records against the west. If you think they are the lowly teams that the west beat up on, you are wrong.

      If you wanna talk about lucky bounces just look at game 1 where the bruins had 90+ shot attempts many of which were on *nearly* open nets. We should have had that game in OT.

      Or you can talk about the had unsustainable offense. 7 goals, 4 of which are PP (knowing statistics, that trend will not be able to continue).

      And if you want to talk about how west coast teams do in the east take a look at detroit this year. Yes, they had many injuries, but after the first few playoff games they were gassed. Beaten up in back to back games by a stronger and more defensive opponent. I think west coast teams shine when they don’t have to play teams over and over, and thus teams like the sharks exit the playoffs early almost every year. The exceptions out west being LAK, with their heavy style and chicago with the possesion play.

  15. nhronin - May 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Off to the Tinkerbelle Center! Bruins better be ready to play the Habs and the zebras.

  16. dropthepuckeh - May 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Great performance by Emelin today, quickly becoming the biggest douche on the ice. First the textbook Montreal dive and then the snow spray on Rask. I can’t wait for him to get what’s coming. At some point he won’t be able to turtle or rush to the bench.

  17. muckleflugga - May 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    i saw at least two go in off canadiens … and i’m four thousand miles away

    what the doctor should order is cocaine, oxygen, then perhaps a little blood doping … your bruins are starting to look a little legless … blame the wings

    chara’s baked, but bruins all are looking worn out … and rask is looking ordinary … bad news going north

    goon goon trumped by zoom zoom

  18. earpaniac - May 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Nice comeback. Although neither team looked very good. Both teams need to play better than that if they want to get to the finals.

  19. charastein - May 3, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    It was extremely frustrating to watch this game. Are the refs paid by Montreal or something? Some of the calls are just bogus. Why is it in every other series, they pretty much “let the boys play,” but when it’s the Habs, all of a sudden it’s a whistle for anything. Aside from the comeback, this game annoyed the hell out of me because of the refs. I’m glad the B’s didn’t quit.

    At one point, I literally wanted to toss a brick at the TV.

    Refs, in case no one notified you, it’s the playoffs. Take your whistles and put them up your bottom unless someone is hauled down on a breakaway or bleeding like a stuck pig.

    I hope the Bruins can get past these losers so I can enjoy watching straight up, hard nosed hockey again.

    • drewsylvania - May 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      I”m with you. I had to stop watching during part of the third period because I was afraid I might break something.

  20. shutton83 - May 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Man this is a momentum shifter, still bruins need to play better overall and above all stay out of the box, regardless if the refs help the Habs (which I don’t believe they do) we need to stop giving them power plays. And to all those who said I was crazy for saying Bartkowski should be sat for Mezaros look at the results. Anyway what a comeback and game 3 should be a thriller.

    • habs9 - May 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      good game, tough collapse for my Habs….but its on again Tuesday!
      p.s.: its nice to see that reasonable Bruins fans do exist!

      • mangoman1966 - May 4, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        There is no such thing as a reasonable bruin fan. Bruins should be down 2 to 0. Canadiens skate all over Boston in Montreal. Canadiens are the only team in the east that can play with the west. Speed kills

  21. bigdaddy44 - May 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    The Habs barely eke out a win in game 1, then get embarrassed in game 2. All that while playing with an 8-6 man advantage. NHL officiating for ALL Montreal games is worse than NBA officiating favoring LeBron. These refs might as well join the WWE. Maybe if they put orange armbands on the two linesmen for a 10-6 advantage the Canuckians might stand a chance in the playoffs. The Habs players play right into this hockey royalty role, they act like a bunch of princesses.

  22. micasa81 - May 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Wow, anybody playing the Bruins needs to make sure they’re not winning in the last 10 minutes of the game, especially not by multiple goals! At some point you just have to say, this is what they do, don’t be fooled by how horrid they’re playing (and they were horrid the first half of the third), keep the pedal to the metal because the Big Push is coming! Easier said than done against the Bs, I guess.

    Positives for Montreal: Price is still playing out of his mind and Vanek the bear hunter has seen fit to join the land of the living. But I echo the last sentence of this article: losing like that makes it hard to feel upbeat coming home with a split, especially when they were outplayed so thoroughly the first 2 games.

    Being a grad student and a Canucks fan first, watching the Habs has had to take a back seat for me the past few years. So I have a question for people who watched these teams play during the regular season: did the Bruins dominate play so thoroughly during those games as what we’re seeing in this series?

    I’ll leave you with one last interesting stat: the average height on the Canadiens is 5’11.4″ vs. 6’1.7″ on the Bruins, for a total difference of 41″. The average weight on the Canadiens is 199.8 lbs. vs. 205.5 lbs. on the Bruins, for a total difference of 103 lbs. I thought the differences would be larger, to be honest. I think it seems larger because a lot of the Habs’ smallest players are also the ones that see the most ice time.

  23. pastabelly - May 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    This series could have been all but over. A little luck was involved, but Montreal caught the breaks in game one. Tuukka needs to show up in game 3.

  24. jeff2000m - May 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    What are you people watching? Bruins have completely dominated both games. This should easily be 2-0 bruins. Canadiens are done in 5

  25. davidmessina63 - May 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I thought it was a well played game. I’m a Bruins fan but I won’t whine about the refs. Bruins need to find the back of the net sooner. Bruins need to step up the defense especially deep in the zone. They are collapsing when Habs get it in deep. Montreal D is frustrating and the close all the shooting lanes very well. I would say Rask an Price are pretty much even at this point but the third goalie (The Post) is dominating.

  26. emmaabby - May 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    WHINE, the funny thing is some of these boneheads BELIEVE you can buy the refs! Sad

  27. viktory2013 - May 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Been a Canadians fan since the sixties but I have to say that Price is the most overrated goalie ever. He’s slow to react, clumsy and lackadaisical. He constantly looks lost out there and always seems to allow routine shots through regularly. Even his saves seem more accidental than anything. The media is infatuated with his matinee idol looks so they gloss over his 2 goals in 3 shot binges.

  28. stixzidinia - May 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Maybe now Boston can manage to get through the evening without the N word trending in the Boston Twitterverse.

    • bsfan77 - May 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      You cant generalize the Boston fan base from what a few drunken idiots said.

      • stixzidinia - May 3, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        A “few drunk idiots’ using twitter doesn’t lead to a word trending in a major metro city. 17,000 tweets using that word went out with Subban’s name attached to it. That’s substantially more than “a few” bad apples.

  29. govtminion - May 4, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    I’m still not happy that the B’s are taking the first 40 minutes off… that’s twice that they’ve had to get all their offensive production in the 3rd period. But, for whatever reason, that’s apparently when they’re playing at their best- when it matters the most.

    I know there are those who would poke fun at Carey Price for two late-game collapses- not this B’s fan. Some of those goals were just impossible to stop, no matter who was in net- the oddball that jumped due to a rut in the ice, for example, no way anyone stops that puck outside of sheer dumb luck. Price has been just fine in this series so far.

    And as much as it pains me to say it, so has P.K.- I despise him, but he’s had a great series so far. I really wish he’d knock off the extracurricular stuff- he’s a great defenseman, he doesn’t need to go for the diving and embellishing stuff. (And before Habs fans try to kill me, I’ll openly say the same about Marchand- talented enough that he doesn’t need to pull that stuff!) If the Habs are going to advance, they’ll need him to maintain this level of play- so far the B’s don’t seem to have much answer for him.

    Tied at one going to Bell Center for Game 3- this is everything hockey fans could ask for so far.

  30. ryanw822 - May 4, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    The Bret Hart screw job might be the second biggest scewjob in Montreal’s history come Tuesday night.

  31. vipod4ever - May 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Hamilton looks way better this year. The special talent is showing and Krug continues to show he belongs. Erickson on the other hand looks like he doesn’t belong. He’s not B’s material, because of injuries he may get another year but not much. The Habs pp is the only reason it’s this close, the riddle will be solved in the next two games.

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