The Boston Bruins rallied from two goals down to avoid another two-game deficit against the archrival Montreal Canadiens in the NHL playoffs on Saturday.

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 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 in 39 years.

The Bruins trailed 3-1 with just over nine minutes remaining before Dougie Hamilton scored, then Patrice Bergeron tied it with 5:43 remaining. Smith 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.

Defenseman P.K. Subban set up two goals for the Canadiens. He scored twice in the Game 1 victory, unleashing a series of racial slurs on social media.

The Bruins distanced themselves from what team President Cam Neely called "the racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals," and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined in on Saturday.