Late in a third duration of Montreal’s 4-2 win over a Boston Bruins on Tuesday, a Bell Centre large shade showed a montage of P.K. Subban highlights to a balance of The Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now?”
Boston’s rivalry has a face.
The Bruins have thrown double teams during Subban. They’ve thrown complicated hits during him. Ignorant fans have thrown secular slurs his approach — and even a some-more prepared fans have indicted him of dirty, repulsive and gutless play, forgetful their possess players who elicit a same descriptions from other fans bases (we’re looking during you, Milan Lucic).
It hasn’t mattered. Subban has owned a Bruins by 3 games, recording 6 points and celebrating like a insane male after any one of his 3 goals. Subban’s play has a Canadiens adult 2-1 in a series, and meditative a once inconceivable — an dissapoint of a heavily adored Bruins.
Meanwhile in St. Paul, a third-period blast kept a Minnesota Wild’s hopes alive opposite a fortifying Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, though was this a fait accompli given a Blackhawks’ new playoff history?
GAME OF THE DAY: Montreal 4, Boston 2: The Bruins done many of a Bell Centre’s sellout throng shaken when brazen Jarome Iginla redirected defenseman Andrej Meszaros’s shot into a net with 2:16 remaining to cut what had once been a three-goal Montreal lead to one. But Lars Eller’s empty-net idea reminded a Bruins of a perils of personification catch-up hockey too often.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Tic tac toe: The Canadiens took control early when Subban collected a puck along a half wall and engrossed a strike from Lucic to make a one-touch pass behind to Thomas Vanek during a point. Vanek calculated a slapshot to solidify goalie Tuukka Rask afterwards sent a pass opposite a ice to Tomas Plekanec during a left side of a crease. Plekanec, who had gotten divided from a check of Iginla, buried his third idea of a playoffs for a 1-0 Habs lead small some-more than median by a initial period.
1. P.K. Subban, D, Montreal: A idea and an support for Montreal’s blossoming, 24-year-old blue-liner who already owns one Norris Trophy.
2. Mikael Granlund, C, Minnesota: He scored a span of goals, a initial on a nifty pierce to his backhand in a slot.
3. Ilya Bryzgalov, G, Minnesota: Bryzgalov stopped 19 Chicago shots to post his initial playoff shutout given May 7, 2006, vs. Colorado while a member of a Anaheim Ducks. It was his fourth career shutout.
Montreal 4, Boston 2
Series: Montreal leads, 2-1
Key stat: Per a Elias Sports Bureau, Subban is a third Canadiens defenseman to post 3 true multi-point playoff games (JC Tremblay in 1971; Larry Robinson in 1978 ‘87).
Key player: Alexei Emelin, D, Montreal: Emelin was a defensive force, dishing out a game-high 7 hits and restraint 5 Boston shots in 21:02 of ice time.
What we learned: The Canadiens aren’t fretting over that Game 2 fall in Boston. The Bruins had movement entrance to Montreal after a four-goal third duration in Sunday’s win, though a rousing pregame show, Ginette Reno’s Kate Smith-esque opening of “O Canada,” and Habs Subban done certain a Bell Centre throng went home happy — and apparently not riotous. Reno is 3-0 during Molson Center and a Habs are 6-1 in a postseason, a sole cut that third-period implosion in Saturday’s Game 2. Montreal did a dictatorial pursuit of holding divided a center of a ice. Despite a late idea from Jarome Iginla that lifted a ghost of another Boston rally, Montreal didn’t give a Bruins a lot of good looks during goalie Carey Price. Subban and Dale Weise had a span of breakaway goals opposite an uncharacteristically messy Boston invulnerability and Montreal got surprisingly good mileage out of defenseman Douglas Murray, who done his initial coming in a lineup in place of Francis Bouillon. Boston is 0 for 6 on a energy play in this array and it has depressed into during slightest a two-goal necessity in any game.
Next game: Game 4: Thursday during Montreal, 7:30 p.m. EST
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Minnesota 4, Chicago 0
Series: Chicago leads, 2-1
Key stat: Chicago has mislaid a initial highway diversion in any of a final 9 playoff series, dating to a 2010 Stanley Cup Final; nonetheless a Blackhawks are 6-2 in their prior 8 series.
Key player: Zack Parise, LW, Minnesota: Parise had a idea and an assist. The idea was his initial of a array and snapped an 0-for-24 energy play drought for a Wild in their final dual playoff array with Chicago.
What we learned: Chicago needs progressing highway wake-up calls. The Blackhawks only don’t seem to entirely rivet until they feel it is necessary, and that will be a box in Game 4 after Chicago came out prosaic offensively and fell detached defensively in a third duration in Game 3 when a Wild scored 4 goals. The Blackhawks extrinsic wing Brandon Bollig and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank into a lineup for wing Jeremy Morin and struggling defenseman Nick Leddy. Neither had any issues, though conjunction done an impact — it was a stars who cornered a marketplace on mistakes. Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook were all minus-2 while Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith were a minus-1. Expect a improved display from a Hawks after they were close out for a initial time in this postseason. For Minnesota, Game 3 was a whine of service since Parise and Granlund finally constructed after muted efforts in Games 1 and 2. Minnesota isn’t out of a woods by any stretch; a Blackhawks were in a same conditions with a Wild final deteriorate and won Game 4, 3-0 in St. Paul, to take a 3-1 array lead (they won a array a subsequent game). The Wild insist they are a most improved group than final season. Friday’s diversion will be a possibility to infer it.
Next game: Game 4: Friday during Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. ET
Final thought: The NHL’s playoff story is dirty with players who gutted out poignant injuries to follow a Stanley Cup. Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson combined an surprising section to that science when he played Game 3 in Minnesota though a ability to speak. The Hawks’ close down defenseman took a puck to a throat in Game 2 and has not been privileged medically to speak. It could take adult to dual weeks before he receives that clearance, that creates communication problems on a ice, though Hjalmarsson still logged 17:12 of ice time on Tuesday, and he blocked 4 some-more shots to lift his NHL postseason-leading sum to 34.