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“We learned a little bit from the last game and we didn’t panic,” said Eller, who has eight points in seven playoff games after a disappointing regular season.

The Bruins took control of the puck through the first 10 minutes. Then Michael Bournival made a gritty play to get the puck around the boards to Subban, who left it for Thomas Vanek for a diagonal pass that gave Plekanec a shot into an open side for his third of the playoffs at 10:57.

Subban was sent off for roughing after a high hit on Reilly Smith that also took out Vanek, sending the Austrian off the ice with an apparent right leg problem. He returned for the second period.

“I spoke to him after and he said, ‘I’m fine. Don’t worry about it,’” Subban said. “I was pretty happy to see him back there skating. Obviously I don’t want to hurt my own teammates with a body check, but sometimes that happens.”

As Subban’s penalty ended, Rask neglected to alert his teammates by banging his stick on the ice. That left the defenseman open to collect Eller’s pass, go in on a breakaway, fake out Rask and score on a low forehand shot at 14:44.

Mike Weaver blocked a shot that went to Daniel Briere, who sent Weise in on a breakaway with a pass up the middle. The fourth-line winger beat Rask between the pads for a three-goal lead at 13:52 of the second.

But Bergeron won a face-off from Plekanec in the Montreal zone and reached across himself to deflect Torey Krug’s point shot past Price with 2:12 left in the period.

That put the Bruins in comeback mode. But despite pushing hard, they managed only seven third-period shots.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien unexpectedly tweaked his lines, moving Vanek to the second unit with Plekanec and putting Brendan Gallagher on the top line.

Notes: As expected, the Canadiens put Douglas Murray in the lineup for the first time in the postseason in place of Francis Bouillon. Travis Moen went in for Brandon Prust. Ryan White, George Parros and Jarred Tinordi were scratched. … Gallagher celebrated his 22nd birthday. … The Bruins made no changes, with Matt Barkowski, Justin Florek and Corey Potter sitting out.