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Canadiens, Wild both rise to the occasion in separate NHL playoff wins

MONTREAL -- P.K. Subban, Dale Weise and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Tuesday to take the lead in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Canadiens are up 2-1 with Game 4 set for Thursday in Montreal.

In the day's other playoff, Erik Haula and Mikael Granlund scored goals less than 3 minutes apart early in the third period as the Minnesota Wild recovered from a sluggish start for a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Subban, the 2013 Norris trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, has two points in each of the three games of the series and 11 points in seven playoff games so far.

Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens, who were outplayed for long stretches but made the most of quick-strike attacks, while Carey Price made 26 saves.

Patrice Bergeron and Andrej Meszaros scored for the Bruins, who outshot Montreal 28-26.

At St. Paul, Minnesota, Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout in the playoffs in eight years as the Blackhawks had their series lead whittled to 2-1 with their first loss in 2 and a half weeks.

Zach Parise sealed the win with a power-play goal, the first in 25 chances for the Wild over their last two playoff series against the Blackhawks. Then Granlund tacked on an empty-netter with 1:17 left.

Game 4 is Friday in Minnesota.

Corey Crawford stopped only 14 shots for the Blackhawks, who dropped their first two games to St. Louis in the last round before winning four in a row. Since losing to the Blues on April 19, they took the lead in all six games and outscored their opponents 23-9.

The announced attendance of 19,416 was the most in club history, but the atmosphere didn't match that until shortly after the second intermission. Pucks were whizzing way wide of the net, and clogged shooting lanes led to plenty of thwarted opportunities for both sides. Then Haula finally brought the fans to their feet.

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