Boston rallies past Montreal

JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer Published:

BOSTON (AP) -- 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.

"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.

"We weren't expecting to come in here and sweep two games," said Price, who stopped 30 shots. "They poured it on a little and they were a little lucky, I thought."

After lift from Kane, Blackhawks look to go up 2-0

CHICAGO -- It wasn't the first time the Chicago Blackhawks saw a spectacular goal from Patrick Kane. Yet, they were still amazed a day later.

Kane scored twice in the third period on Friday night to lift the Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over Minnesota. But it was his dash through the Wild zone on the tiebreaking goal that had his teammates still in awe Saturday.

Game 2 is Sunday in Chicago, and the Blackhawks are in position to take a commanding lead thanks to a late charge that started with one memorable goal.

Crosby, Penguins not panicking against Rangers

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are rallying around struggling star Sidney Crosby.

The NHL's leading scorer watched his playoff goal drought reach a career-high 12 games in Friday night's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The MVP candidate says he is healthy and needs to just stay aggressive. Crosby has six assists in seven games during the playoffs, but hasn't scored a postseason goal since a victory over Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last year.

Game 2 against the Rangers is Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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