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Canadiens derail B’s, 4-2

  • Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask fends off Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, right, during second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask fends off Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, right, during second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask fends off Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, right, during second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask fends off Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, right, during second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) is sandwiched between Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) and center David Desharnais (51) during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) is sandwiched between Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) and center David Desharnais (51) during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) is sandwiched between Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) and center David Desharnais (51) during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) is sandwiched between Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) and center David Desharnais (51) during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal with teammate center Daniel Briere (48) as Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) looks on during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal with teammate center Daniel Briere (48) as Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) looks on during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal with teammate center Daniel Briere (48) as Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) looks on during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal with teammate center Daniel Briere (48) as Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) looks on during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron celebrates his goal past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the second period in Game 3 of NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron celebrates his goal past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the second period in Game 3 of NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron celebrates his goal past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the second period in Game 3 of NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron celebrates his goal past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the second period in Game 3 of NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask fends off Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, right, during second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask fends off Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, right, during second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) is sandwiched between Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) and center David Desharnais (51) during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) is sandwiched between Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) and center David Desharnais (51) during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal with teammate center Daniel Briere (48) as Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) looks on during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal with teammate center Daniel Briere (48) as Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) looks on during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron celebrates his goal past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the second period in Game 3 of NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron celebrates his goal past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the second period in Game 3 of NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

MONTREAL — P.K. Subban, Dale Weise and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist, Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Tuesday night to take the lead in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.

The Canadiens are up 2-1 with Game 4 set for Thursday 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 four 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 three seconds to go.

The Bruins took control of the puck through the first 10 minutes of play. But Michael Bournival made a gritty play to get the puck around the boards to Subban, who left it for Thomas Vanek for a diagonal pass. That gave Plekanec a shot into an open side for his third of the playoffs at 10:57.

Subban was sent off for roughing after a high hit on Reilly Smith that also took out Vanek, sending the Austrian off the ice with an apparent right leg problem. He returned for the second period.

Eller sent Subban in on a breakaway when the Canadiens defenseman left the penalty box. He faked out Rask and scored on a low forehand shot at 14:44. Mike Weaver blocked a shot that went to Daniel Briere, who sent Weise in on a breakaway with a pass up the middle. The fourth-line winger beat Rask between the pads at 13:52 of the second.

Bergeron won a face-off from Plekanec in the Montreal zone and reached across himself to deflect Torey Krug’s point shot past Price with 2:12 left in the middle period.

Subban has had two points in each game of the series.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien tweaked his lines, moving Vanek to the second unit with Plekanec and putting Brendan Gallagher on the top line.

Notes: As expected, the Canadiens put Douglas Murray in the lineup for the first time in the postseason in place of Francis Bouillon. Travis Moen went in for Brandon Prust. Ryan White, George Parros and Jarred Tinordi were scratched. ... Gallagher celebrated his 22nd birthday. ... The Bruins made no changes, with Matt Barkowski, Justin Florek and Corey Potter sitting out.

Kopitar leads dominant Kings

Anze Kopitar politely disagrees with the idea that the Los Angeles Kings’ top line has dominated the Anaheim Ducks’ best scorers in their second-round playoff series.

Since it’s Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau who suggested the idea, it’s clear Kopitar and his linemates are doing something right to put the Kings in control of the series so far.

Boudreau didn’t hesitate to spotlight the ineffectiveness of center Ryan Getzlaf and longtime linemate Corey Perry after Los Angeles’ 3-1 victory in Game 2 on Monday night, putting the Kings up 2-0 heading home to Staples Center for Game 3 on Thursday.

Boudreau began the game matching up Getzlaf, Perry and Matt Beleskey against Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown. By the third period, he was sending out his former Hart Trophy winner and current Hart finalist against anybody else.

“I did it because Kopitar’s line was dominating them,” Boudreau said. “When they’re dominating them, I could be stubborn and leave them out there all day, but we had to move something around to get away from it, and maybe his line could get something accomplished.”

Kopitar isn’t exactly enjoying a breakthrough season, given that he has been one of the NHL’s best centers for several years. Yet with a point in every postseason game and his first Selke Trophy nomination, Kopitar is clearly in top form as the Kings chase their second championship in three years.

And Kopitar has been playing against Getzlaf long enough to know he shouldn’t claim a shutdown victory just yet.

“I don’t know about dominating them,” Kopitar said Tuesday when told of Boudreau’s statement. “I think they were playing good, and they hemmed us in our zone for a little bit, too. We know as a line that we can play better, and we’re going to have to play better.”

Even when he raised the Stanley Cup as the playoffs’ co-scoring leader two years ago, Kopitar never got as much attention.

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