Ilya Bryzgalov shut out the Chicago Blackhawks while P.K. Subban and Carey Price helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins.
5 things to know
Montreal nearly let another lead slip away like it did in Game 2, but the Canadiens were able to hold on and take a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins. The stars of the game were the same as they were during their Game 1 win -- starting goaltender Carey Price and defenseman P.K. Subban. While Price was outstanding once again in net, it was Subban who was the real difference maker on Tuesday, setting up Tomas Plekanec's first-period goal to open the scoring, and then scoring his third of the series when he came flying out of the penalty box and beat Tuukka Rask on a clean breakaway. No defenseman in the NHL has more points in the playoffs than Subban's 11.
Boston's defensive breakdowns
It's not very often that you have a reason to be critical of the Bruins defensively, but they certainly had their moments during their Game 2 loss. They forgot about Subban coming out of the penalty box on the goal mentioned above, a couple of their young defensemen were caught watching the puck on the first goal, and then they allowed Dale Weise -- DALE WEISE! -- to get behind them for a breakaway goal in the second period. It doesn't matter if you have the best goalie in the world (and the Bruins might), you can't allow things like that to happen that many times in a playoff game.
It's lonely being a fan of the road team
It's never fun being in an opposing arena when your team is losing. That's what this Blackhawks fan seemed to be finding out on Tuesday when the CBC broadcast captured the stunned look (GIFed by @MyRegularFace) shortly after Mikael Granlund scored to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-0 third period lead.
Close calls for star players
While all three players ended up returning to their games, Boston, Chicago and Minnesota all had some scares during their games on Tuesday. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara had to miss a large portion of the first period after he was struck on the wrist by a stick before later returning. Late in the second period of the Wild's win over Chicago, Ryan Suter took an awkward fall after he was tangled up along the boards with Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa. After Suter fell to the ice, Hossa came down on Suter's left shoulder, which he seemed to be favoring as he went into the locker room before returning for the third period. It was there that Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was hit in the back head by a puck after it deflected off of a stick.
The pass of the night
For two periods the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild seemed to be trying to put everybody -- including themselves -- to sleep, playing a game that looked like one you would find in the middle of October, not early May. That all changed early in the third period when Erik Haula opened the scoring when he was on the receiving end of this absolutely perfect saucer pass from Justin Fontaine. It may not have always been pretty, but the Wild did exactly what they wanted to do against Chicago and completely sucked the life out of the game offensively and limited the number of chances Ilya Bryzgalov had to face. On the rare occasion that something did get through, Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots he faced to record his fourth career playoff shutout, and his first since May 7, 2006, when he was a member of the Anaheim Ducks. That shutout was the third of three consecutive shutouts.