Michael Ryder was the hero for Boston on Thursday night, scoring the game-winning goal 1:59 into overtime as the Bruins topped the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, to tie their quarterfinal series at two games a piece.
Boston, which has never won a playoff series after trailing 0-2, has now won two straight games in Montreal and will look to take a 3-2 series advantage in Game 5 as the scene shifts back to Boston on Saturday night.
Brent Sopel put Montreal on top, 1-0, with his goal 8:13 into the first period. Michael Ryder was able to knot the score at 1-1 with a goal 2:13 into the second period, marking the first of three goals in the period for Boston. Michael Cammalleri put the Canadiens up 2-1 with his goal 6:52 into the period and Andrei Kostitsyn added a goal 7:47 into the middle period to put the Habs up 4-2.
Andrew Ference put the Bruins within one goal, finding the back of the net with10:01 left in the second and Patrice Bergon tied the game at 3-3 on his goal with less than three minutes left in the second. P.K. Subban once again put Montreal in the lead a mere 1:59 into the third period, but Chris Kelly saved the day for Boston, scoring 13:42 into the final period.
The Bruins were able to kill off a crucial penalty in the final two minutes after Dennis Seidenberg was called for interference 17:41 into the third.
Ryder's game-winner came on an assist from Kelly, who fired a spot-on pass to Ryder on the left side of the net.
Boston was outshot by Montreal, 38-35, but needed only one shot to score the game-winner in overtime. The Bruins recorded four penalty minutes while the Canadiens had only two penalty minutes. Montreal lost the faceoff battle, 30-28, but held a 27-19 advantage in hits.