May 6, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec (14) reacts with teammates including P.K. Subban (76) and Josh Gorges (26) after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins at Canadiens, Game 3 final score: Montreal holds off Boston, 4-2, takes 2-1 series lead

The Montreal Canadiens hosted the Boston Bruins in a pivotal Game 3 on Tuesday night, as both teams entered the game tied 1-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

Montreal got off to a hot start thanks to their support of their home crowd and defensive breakdowns from the Bruins.

First period goals from Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban gave the Habs a two-goal lead after one, before Dale Weise added a third goal midway through the second period to put Montreal up by three goals.

With just a few minutes remaining in the second period, Patrice Bergeron breathed some life into the Bruins offensive attack as they narrowed the deficit to two goals entering the final 20 minutes of Game 3.

Andrej Meszaros did score a late goal for the Bruins, but it was not enough.

Boston struggled to put pressure on the Canadiens and were unable to overcome the two-goal deficit that they faced entering the final period as they watched the Canadiens go on to win the game, 4-2, and take a one-game lead in their Eastern Conference series. The final goal was added by Lars Eller with just three seconds remaining in the game.

Montreal will have the opportunity to extend their lead in Game 4 again on their home ice, which would put the Bruins on the ropes before the action shifts back to Boston.

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