Minnesota Wild defeat Montreal Canadiens, 3-1

At the end in Montreal, Guillaume Latendresse felt shackled with shattered confidence.

New Canadiens coach Jacques Martin played him fourth-line minutes. He was branded a guy not physical enough for his 6-2, 230-pound frame and not willing to crash the net consistently.

Latendresse was crumbling under the immense pressure to become the next locally produced Francophone star and desperately prayed for an escape route.

It came via Minnesota, and tonight when the 22-...

MONTREAL - Guillaume Latendresse called it.

On Thursday morning, the former Montreal Canadiens winger said the key for the Wild would be to get a two-goal lead because frustrated Habs fans would turn on their own.

Just as Latendresse predicted, the moment Cal Clutterbuck put the Wild up by two, fans stopped taunting Latendresse with chants of his name and that of his famous girlfriend, pop singer Annie Villeneuve, and focused their ire squarely on the slumping Canadi...