Wild Back In It. 4-0 Win
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Erik Haula and Mikael Granlund scored goals less than 3 minutes apart early in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild recovered from a sluggish start for a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout in the playoffs in eight years, and the Blackhawks had their lead whittled to 2-1 with their first loss in 2½ weeks.
Zach Parise put the exclamation point on 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.
-- The Montreal Canadiens have regained the lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with Boston.
P.K. Subban, Dale Weise and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens beat the Bruins 4-2 to take a two-games-to-one lead. Weise provided the game-winner, putting the Habs ahead 3-0 with six minutes left in the second period.
The Bruins pulled within 3-2 on goals by Patrice Bergeron and Andrej Meszaros before Eller scored an empty-netter.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for the Canadiens, who host Game 4 on Thursday.
New coach in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have hired Peter Laviolette as their new coach, making him only the second head coach in the franchise's history. General manager David Poile (poyl) says that Laviolette's experience of having won a Stanley Cup as a coach shows he knows what it will take to help the Predators improve.
Laviolette coached Carolina to a Stanley Cup in 2006 and took Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010. He was fired in October following a 0-3 start this season.