Boston • The Boston Bruins rallied from two goals down to avoid another two-game deficit against the archrival Montreal Canadiens.
Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 3:32 left and Boston scored four times in eight minutes to beat the Canadiens 5-3 on Saturday and even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.
» Boston 5, Montreal 3
Series tied 1-1
» Los Angeles 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)
Kings lead series 1-0
» Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m., Ch.5
Blackhawks lead series 1-0
» N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN
Rangers lead series 1-0
"It was a fun last part of the third period," said Torey Krug, who set up Smith’s goal. "We’re very excited with how things turned out, but we’ve got to move along from it pretty soon."
Games 3 and 4 are on Tuesday and Thursday in Montreal, where in 2011 Boston won twice in its first-round series after losing the first two at home. The Bruins won the series in seven games and went on to win their first Stanley Cup title in 39 years.
Last year, the Bruins trailed Toronto by three goals with 11 minutes left in Game 7 of their first-round series before winning in overtime — scoring twice in the last 82 seconds of regulation.
Even though they know it can be done, they’re glad they won’t have to stage a similar comeback this year.
"The experience of going through this a lot the last few years helps a lot," forward Shawn Thornton said.
The Bruins trailed 3-1 with just over nine minutes remaining before Dougie Hamilton scored, then Patrice Bergeron tied it with 5:43 remaining. Reilly then wristed a cross-ice pass from Krug past Carey Price to give Boston the lead. Milan Lucic added an empty-net goal with 66 seconds left.
Kings 3, Ducks 2 (OT) • In Anaheim, Calif., Marian Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and then scored 12:07 into the extra period to lift the Kings to a win against the Ducks in the opener of the first playoff series between the Southern California teams.
Gaborik redirected Anze Kopitar’s shot past Jonas Hiller for the winner before being mobbed in the corner by his teammates.
The Ducks appeared poised for a win after 43-year-old Teemu Selanne beat Jonathan Quick between the pads for a go-ahead goal with 11:52 to play in regulation.
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