Staring down the prospect of an 0-3 series deficit, the Anaheim Ducks finally figured out a way to beat the Los Angeles Kings.
Even if that way involved a third-period goalie change, two unlikely power-play goals and another wild finish.
"It's been like this all year," Teemu Selanne said. "We sell tickets. You never know what's going to happen in our games, but we've got to try to make it a little easier."
Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, Corey Perry got his first goal of the series, and the Ducks beat the Kings 3-2 on Thursday night to trim Los Angeles' series lead to 2-1.
Anaheim snapped the Kings' six-game postseason winning streak. Ben Lovejoy's goal with 2:55 to play turned out to be the winner after two earlier goals from the Ducks' long-struggling power play.
Mike Richards then scored for the Kings with 30 seconds left, but the top-seeded Ducks hung on for just their third win in their last seven playoff games.
"It feels good to put a seed of doubt in their mind, hopefully," Lovejoy said. "The Ducks are coming."
Jonas Hiller made seven saves in the final 9:58 after rookie goalie Frederik Andersen left with a right leg injury for the Ducks, who bounced back from two narrow losses in Anaheim to open the series.
Andersen was solid in Game 3 until getting hurt during a wild scramble midway through the third period. Hiller had to make two tough saves immediately after entering the game, but the Swiss goalie finished strong despite Richards' late goal on a midair rebound of Tanner Pearson's shot while Jonathan Quick was pulled for an extra attacker.
"It's a challenge for a goalie to come in like that, but it seems like this season is a lot of back-and-forth play," Hiller said. "We were just glad we finally scored three goals in a game."
Anaheim scored just three goals total in two games at Honda Center to open the local rivals' first playoff meeting. The Ducks regained their edge Thursday, while the Kings struggled to respond in front of their home fans.
Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist and Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings, who hadn't lost since Game 3 of their stunning first-round series against the Sharks.
"Anytime you are down in a series, you are going to come in desperate, and we had to match that desperation," Kings center Jarret Stoll said. "I don't think we did that."
Bruins 1, Canadiens 0: Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give Boston a victory over Montreal, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.
Making his NHL playoff debut after being called up Wednesday from Providence of the American Hockey League, the 23-year-old Fraser jumped into a scramble in front of goalie Carey Price and slid the puck under him into the net.
"It's something I dreamed about many times on the outdoor rinks growing up," Fraser said. "It's every kid's dream to score in overtime."
Fraser scored after Johnny Boychuk's shot from the point took a high hop off the end boards and Price and defenseman Mike Weaver had trouble controlling the bouncing puck.
"We knew how tight this series would be," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "It doesn't mean any more than that we've tied the series. It's been tight every game.
"It was important to get back in the series, but I don't think we've played our best hockey."
Game 5 is Saturday night in Boston. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for Boston, and Price stopped 34 shots.
Maple Leafs: Randy Carlyle is coming back as Toronto's coach next season. Carlyle and the Leafs agreed to a two-year contract extension, but assistants Dave Farrish, Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon will not be returning.