Bruins even series with win over Red Wings
BOSTON (AP) – Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game 2 on Sunday.
Showing more spark after not taking enough challenging shots on goal in their 1-0 loss Friday night, the Bruins had 18 shots in the first period after managing just 25 in the entire opener.
Luke Glendening cut Boston’s lead to 2-1 at 13:20 of the second period before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal early in the third.
Canadiens 3, Lightning 2
MONTREAL (AP) – Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period, and Carey Price made 27 saves to give Montreal a win over Tampa Bay and a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series.
Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game, and Brendan Gallagher broke a 1-1 tie 18:10 into the second period. P.K. Subban had two assists for the Canadiens.
Ondrej Palat scored a power-play goal for the Lightning to tie the game at 1-1 at 8:39 of the second period, and Matthew Carle scored 11:36 into the third to give the Lightning hope for a comeback. Steven Stamkos assisted on both goals.
Howard came out of his crease to collect a loose puck and passed it toward Smith, who was skating back along the right boards. But the puck bounced off Smith’s right calf and into the circle where Florek shot quickly before Howard could get back.
It was Florek’s first career playoff goal after he scored one goal in four regular-season games.