Blackhawks pull ahead
Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks used a three-goal second period to beat the Nashville Predators, 4-2, in Chicago on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in their firstround playoff series.
Marian Hossa had two assists and Scott Darling made 35 saves in his first postseason start. Mike Ribeiro and Mattias Ekholm scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne had 26 saves.
The Predators were without star defenseman Shea Weber and forward Mike Fisher, who were sidelined by lower-body injuries. Fisher is day to day, but Weber probably will be out for Game 4 on Tuesday as well.
at N.Y. Islanders 2, Washington 1 (OT): After winning the overtime-opening faceoff, John Tavares scored 15 seconds into the extra period in Game 3 of the Islanders’ first-round playoff series. With the crowd chanting “MVP! MVP” Tavares gave the Islanders a 2-1 series lead.
Montreal 2, at Ottawa 1 (OT): Dale Weise scored the tying goal late in the third period and then won it 8:47 into overtime, and the Canadiens have a chance to complete a four-game sweep Wednesday, with Game 4 in Ottawa.
at Calgary 4, Vancouver 2: TJ Brodie had a goal and an assist, and the Flames took a 2-1 lead in their firstround playoff series. Brandon Bollig, Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, who host Game 4 on Tuesday.
MARIAN HOSSA hops over the stick of the Predators’ Seth Jones in the first period. The Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead in the series with a 4-2 win in Chicago.