(Reuters) - Montreal netminder Carey Price delivered the perfect response to Boston Bruins’ claims they had figured out the key to beating him, standing tall in the Canadiens’ 4-2 win in Game Three of their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Tuesday.
After comments from the Bruins that Price could be exposed by shooting high on him, the goalie posted 26 saves to give the Canadiens a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven series.
Price had to be sharp until the very end, however, as Montreal’s 3-0 lead was cut by goals from Boston’s Patrice Bergeron in the second period and Jarome Iginla with 2:16 left in the game.
The Bruins made a similar charge in Game Two where they erased a 3-1 deficit in the final 10 minutes to win 5-3.
On Tuesday the Canadiens got first-period scores from Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban and a second-period goal from Dale Weise. Lars Eller converted an empty-net shot in the final seconds to ward off the Bruins’ rally.
“This is something we did well all year - play with the lead and make sure we finished the job,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien told reporters.
“Again, tonight guys were battling and Carey (Price) made some key saves at the right time.”
Eller, Weise and Subban each added an assist.
For Subban, it was his fifth multi-point game of the playoffs and comes after he delivered the game-winning overtime goal in the series opener.
“He’s playing good hockey,” Price said of Subban, the 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner. “He’s controlling his emotions very well, he’s being very composed. He’s a big part of our hockey team. When he’s going, we’re all going.”
Game Four is on Thursday in Montreal.
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford