BOSTON - Reilly Smith scored the winning goal to complete a third-period comeback as the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 to even the second-round series at one game apiece.
Trailing 3-1 midway through the third period, Boston faced the prospect of going back to Montreal trailing the Canadiens 2-0 in the series.
But the Bruins responded with three goals in under six minutes to even up the 34th post-season meeting between the rivals.
Boston's Daniel Paille opened the scoring at 13:02 of the first period. Carl Soderberg found's pass found Paille in front of the Montreal goal, and his shot eluded Montreal goaltender Carey Price.
Montreal tied the game just over a minute in the second period. A Brad Marchand turnover in the neutral zone resulted in a scramble in front of Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, with defenceman Mike Weaver eventually scoring.
The Canadiens went up 2-1 when Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal with less than two minutes left in the period. Vanek got in front of Rask and tipped in a shot from P.K. Subban.
Vanek and Subban teamed up for another power-play goal at 6:30 of the third period when Subban's shot from the blue-line on was tipped in by Vanek.
Bruins defenceman Dougie Hamilton made it a one-goal game at 10:56 when his snap shot picked the top-left corner of the Canadiens' goal.
Boston tied the game with just over five minutes left in regulation at as Patrice Bergeron's shot hit Habs defenceman Francis Bouillon and the deflection fooled Price.
Smith scored with 3:32 left to complete the comeback, putting the puck over a fallen Carey Price.
Milan Lucic added an empty-net goal.
The series now switches to Montreal with Game 3 scheduled for Tuesday at the Bell Centre.