"It shows our character," said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who finished with 25 saves. "I think we make it unnecessarily hard on ourselves sometimes, but it's a great, gutsy win today. I'm really proud of the guys."
The message during the second intermission was clear for the Bruins. They knew there was plenty of time remaining to mount a comeback. With goals from Dougie Hamilton, Patrice Bergeron, Reilly Smith (game winner) and Lucic, Boston completed the comeback in the third period.
"It was pretty obvious from everyone that we needed to all step up," Bergeron said. "It was about everyone, not just one guy. It's not about words, it's more about actions. It was about making sure we were all doing it for the guy next to you and really stepping up."
As important as the comeback was to even the series at one game apiece, the Bruins need a better all-around, 60-minute effort moving forward if they want to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
"We've got the resilience in here and we're a confident group," Bergeron said. "Being down a few goals, we definitely don't want to be in that situation, but when we are we know we can come back in games and when you have that confidence, most often than not you're making the right decisions out there."
The series shifts to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday at Bell Centre. The Bruins head north with some momentum and have shown their ability to win in hostile territory in the past. In 2011, the Bruins trailed 2-0 in the first round after losing two on home ice, but Boston won both games in Montreal before eventually winning the series in seven games.
In 2013, the Bruins trailed the Toronto Maple Leafs by three goals in the third period of Game 7, but Boston mounted a historic comeback, scoring three times in less than 10 minutes, including a pair of goals in 31 seconds in the final minute and a half to tie the game, before winning 5-4 in overtime. That victory propelled the Bruins on another run to the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.
But it's a performance like Saturday's that can give the Bruins the kick in the backside they needed this time.
"We take a lot of pride in what we did today," said Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.