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MONTREAL – Defenseman P.K. Subban has picked the right time to go on an offensive tear.

The 2013 Norris Trophy winner had his third straight two-point game with a goal and an assist, and Montreal held off the Boston Bruins for a 4-2 victory Tuesday to take the lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.

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

Subban, who has 11 points in seven playoff games, said, “I’m just the beneficiary of the guys playing well around me, supporting me.”

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Lars Eller and Dale Weise also had a goal and an assist for Montreal.

Minnesota wins

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Erik Haula and Mikael Granlund scored goals less than three 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 their West semifinal series.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout in the playoffs in eight years, and the Blackhawks had their series lead reduced to 2-1.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said, “We can’t let it frustrate us. We just have to do something about it. They’re a smart defensive team. Give them credit. But it’s more about what we’re not doing.”

Game 4 is Friday in Minnesota.


• The Nashville Predators hired Peter Laviolette as coach to replace the fired Barry Trotz.

Laviolette, 49, has won nine of the 14 playoff series he has coached with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He guided Carolina to the 2006 Stanley Cup.

• Forward Ross Lonsberry, who played for Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, died of cancer at 67 Sunday in Santa Clarita, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported.

Lonsberry scored 256 goals in his career.

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