Thursday, November 23, 2017

Canadiens edge ahead


MONTREAL — P.K. Subban is having a series to remember for the Canadiens.

Subban, Dale Weise and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist and Carey Price had 26 saves Tuesday as Montreal beat Boston 4-2.

The Canadiens are up 2-1 in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal.

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 total games.

"I'm just the beneficiary of the guys playing well around me, supporting me," Subban said. "It starts in goal. Well, it actually starts with our coaching staff and making sure everybody is feeling confident. We're doing it together. … When we had adversity, we're sticking together doing the right things."

Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens, who were outplayed for long stretches but made the most of quick attacks.

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

For the third straight game, the Canadiens led 3-1 in the third period. This time, they didn't let it completely slip away.

Tuukka Rask was pulled with 2:20 left, and four seconds later, Meszaros beat Price with a high shot through traffic off a feed from Milan Lucic.

"We weren't as good as them in the first period and that cost us," Bruins forward Jarome Iginla said. "After that, we were playing catch-up."

The Bruins controlled the puck through the first 10 minutes. But 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 of the first.

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.

Subban has had two points in each game of the series.

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

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First1, Montreal, Plekanec 3 (Vanek, P.Subban), 10:57. 2, Montreal, P.Subban 3 (Eller, Weise), 14:44. PenaltiesP.Subban, Mon (roughing), 12:38.

Second3, Montreal, Weise 2 (Briere, Weaver), 13:52. 4, Boston, Bergeron 3 (Krug, Marchand), 17:48. PenaltiesNone.

Third5, Boston, Meszaros 1 (Lucic), 17:44. 6, Montreal, Eller 3, 19:57 (en). PenaltiesSoderberg, Bos (goaltender interference), 8:44. ShotsBoston 9-12-7—28. Montreal 10-12-4—26. Power playsBoston 0 of 1; Montreal 0 of 1. GoaliesBoston, Rask 5-3-0 (25 shots-22 saves). Montreal, Price 6-1-0 (28-26). A21,273 (21,273). T2:41. Referees—Tim Peel, Chris Rooney. LinesmenBrian Murphy, Jonny Murray.

Lightning signs goalie prospect Vasilevskii

The Lightning signed Andrei Vasilevskii, its top goaltending prospect, to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Vasilevskii, the No. 19 overall pick of the 2012 draft, was 14-8 with three shutouts in 28 games this season for Ufa of Europe's Kontinental Hockey League with a 2.21 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

Where Vasilevskii, 19, plays next season has not been determined, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. Much will depend on how Vasilevskii plays during training camp and Yzerman's plans for Kristers Gudlevskis, who is signed for next season, and Anders Lindback, a restricted free agent.

Late Monday: The Ducks dedicated their regular-season meetings against the Kings to getting their rivals out of their heads.

Time to start anew.

Los Angeles, in a 3-1 victory at Anaheim's Honda Center, extended its Western Conference semifinal series lead to 2-0 on Monday. A game after winning in overtime, forced via a goal with seven seconds left in regulation, this time the Kings were outshot 37-17 but still won.

"They're probably not feeling too good about themselves, and they haven't seen our best," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said after his team allowed only a first-period power-play goal to the NHL's No. 2 scoring team.

Predators pick Laviolette: The Predators hired Peter Laviolette as the second coach in the franchise's history, signing him to a multi-year contract. Laviolette, who coached Carolina to a Stanley Cup in 2006 and took Philadelphia to the Cup final in 2010, will replace Barry Trotz once he finishes coaching the United States at the World Championship. Trotz coached for the franchise's first 15 seasons.

Wild: Defenseman Keith Ballard returned for late Tuesday's Game 3 against Chicago. Ballard, who had been out March 17 with a lower-body injury, replaced Nate Prosser.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.


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