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Then 39-year-old veteran Brian Rolston made it 3-2 Bruins early in the third period, finding the loose puck to score from the doorstep.

Rolston’s goal was a testament to working hard around the crease, as he won a battle with Brooks Laich before putting the puck past Holtby.

“I think just one thing is to just put shots on the net but the other thing is to have quality shots, shots with traffic,” said Chara, Boston’s captain, said earlier Monday. “Create more, harder for him to maybe see them. It’s one of those things that we need to be better at.”

Being better in the offensive zone gave the Bruins their first lead of the series, but they couldn’t protect it, as Laich put on an impressive move to tie it late.

Still, Boston wasn’t done. Chara popped one past Holtby in the waning moments to provide the dagger.

“It’s tough. It’s really tough,” Backstrom said. “It’s tough but it’s a new game on Thursday.”