DALE WEISE, P.K. Subban and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist, Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins last night, 4-2, to take the lead in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.
The Canadiens are up 2-1 with Game 4 set for tomorrow night in Montreal.
Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens, who were outplayed for long stretches but made the most of quick-strike attacks.
Patrice Bergeron and Andrej Meszaros scored for the Bruins, who outshot Montreal 28-26.
For the third straight game, the Canadiens held a 3-1 lead in the third period. This time, they didn't let it completely slip away.
Tuukka Rask was pulled with 2:20 left to play, and only 4 seconds later, Meszaros beat Price with a high shot through traffic off a feed from Milan Lucic. But the Bruins failed to get the equalizer in the frantic final minute. Then Eller got loose to score into an empty net with 3 seconds to go.
* At St. Paul, Minn., 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 in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout in the playoffs in 8 years, and the Blackhawks had their series lead whittled to 2-1 with their first loss in 2 1/2 weeks.