Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period as the Boston Bruins leveled their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in their Game 2 on Sunday.
Showing more spark after a 1-0 loss on 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 minutes, 20 seconds of the second period, before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal early in the third.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between the top-seeded Bruins, who won the Presidents’ Cup with an NHL-high 117 points, and eighth-seeded Red Wings is set for Detroit tonight.
On Sunday, Boston did not take their first shot until 7:28 into the opening period. And it went in.
Florek, a rookie wing filling in for the injured Chris Kelly on the third line, scored after Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard and defenseman Brendan Smith missed connecting on a pass.
Howard came out of his crease to collect a loose puck and passed it toward Smith, who was skating back along the right boards. However, 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.
FLYERS 4, RANGERS 2
In New York, Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, while backup Ray Emery made 31 saves for Philadelphia, who rallied to beat New York to level the first-round playoff series.
Schenn put Philadelphia in front after Game 1 goat Jason Akeson tied it 2-2 earlier in the period. That was enough for the Flyers to snap a nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden and send the series to Philadelphia tied at 1.
Game 3 is tonight.
Jakub Voracek brought the Flyers within 2-1 in the first after Martin St Louis and Benoit Pouliot staked New York to the early two-goal lead. Emery did the rest, looking especially sharp in the second and third periods while subbing for injured No. 1 goalie Steve Mason.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots after a 14-save winning effort in the opener. The Rangers had outscored the Flyers 35-10 during the winning streak and allowed two goals or fewer in each game.
CANADIENS 3, LIGHTNING 2
In Montreal, Tomas Plekanec scored in the third period to help Montreal move one win away from advancing to the second round of the NHL playoffs with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Montreal lead the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can sweep the Lightning with a win tonight at the Bell Centre.
Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game after a rousing pregame show and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay got a scare at 16:09 of the second period when scoring star Steven Stamkos fell and was struck in the head by Alexei Emelin’s knee, but he returned for the third period.
And the Lightning were outraged when the officials waived off an apparent goal by Ryan Callahan at the 15:38 mark of the second because of Alex Killorn’s incidental contact with goalie Carey Price.
SHARKS 7, KINGS 2
In San Jose, California, fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a comeback and lead the Sharks to a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against the Kings.