Wild Blank Hawks – NHL Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have pulled within two games to one in the NHL's Western Conference semifinals while ending the Chicago Blackhawks' six-game winning streak.
The Wild did all the scoring in the third period of a 4-0 shutout of the Hawks. Erik Haula snapped the scoreless tie with a tip-in 1:41 into the final period before Mikael Granlund tallied 2 ½ minutes later. Granlund finished with two goals and Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) had a goal and an assist while the Wild were outshooting the defending Stanley Cup champs 8-4 in the final period.
Ilya Bryzgalov (EEL'-yah brihz-GAH'-lahv) needed to make just 19 saves to secure his first postseason shutout in eight years.
Game 4 is Friday in Minnesota.
The Montreal Canadiens have regained the lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with Boston.
P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban), Dale Weise (wees) 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 (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) and Andrej Meszaros (AHN'-dray meh-SAHR'-ohs) before Eller scored an empty-netter.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for the Canadiens, who host Game 4 on Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have hired Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-uh-LET') as their new coach, making him only the second head coach in the franchise's history. The Predators announced April 14 that coach Barry Trotz would not return.
General manager David Poile (poyl) says 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.