LOS ANGELES — Staring down the prospect of a 3-0 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.
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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.”
Game 4 is Saturday night at Staples Center.
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.
Bruins beat Canadiens
MONTREAL — Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, 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.
“It was bouncing around and I was just swatting at it as hard as I could and hoping it would hit something,” Fraser said. “Price is such a good goalie. He doesn’t give out a lot of rebounds. I might have got lucky there, but the puck wound up in the back of the net.”
Game 5 is Saturday night in Boston.
“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. We’ve played hard, but I’ve seen us play better. You hope the win here will help us get better and we’ll go from there.”
Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for Boston, and Price stopped 34 shots.
• Randy Carlyle is coming back as Toronto Maple Leafs coach next season, despite the team’s 2-12 finish this season, general manager Dave Nonis said. Assistants Dave Farrish, Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon will not be returning.