The B’s got right back in it less than three minutes into the third, as Reilly Smith snapped a wrister past Price aided by a screen from Patrice Bergeron to make it 2-1.
The crowd was buzzing as even before the Smith goal was announced, Subban was called for a penalty to the delight of the Garden Faithful. The Bruins didn’t score on the power play, but the energy they gained from Smith’s score gave them new life.
If the Garden began to rock after the first goal, it went into full pandemonium four minutes later, as Bergeron and Lucic cruised into the zone, with Lucic finding a trailing Torey Krug who launched a blast from the left faceoff circle by Price that tied the game 2-2.
Montreal called a timeout right after the score to try and settle things down and hopefully stymie the Bruins’ comeback.
The Bruins nearly grabbed their first lead of the game when Krejci took the puck below the net and found a wide open Lucic, but the puck bounced over his stick as Lucic stared down an open Montreal goal.
The Canadiens got their lead back with 7:51 to play, as the Bruins were scrambling around their net and the puck found Francis Bouillon’s stick out in front and made it 3-2 Montreal.
Just when it looked like Montreal was going to take Game 1, Johnny Boychuk unleashed a signature “Johnny Rocket” with 1:58 to play to tie the game 3-3. Neither team would score the rest of the way and Game 1 would head for overtime.