Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Joel Armia – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Erik Gustafsson – Jon Merrill
Carey Value – Jake Allen
Tomas Tatar, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren, Brett Kulak, Alexander Romanov
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Jake Evans (concussion)
The Montreal Canadiens have earned a spot within the Stanley Cup ultimate for the thirty third time (since 1917-18) in franchise historical past, and for the primary time in 28 years. For a lot of Canadiens followers this can be their first expertise watching their workforce compete for the Cup.
To advance, the Canadiens defeated the workforce who tied for probably the most factors within the league within the common season. Successful the sequence in six video games earned the Canadiens their very first Clarence Campbell Bowl. Captain Shea Weber was beaming when congratulated by NHL deputy commissioner Invoice Daly however Weber elected to not contact the trophy.
The mission isn’t but full.
The ultimate win of the sequence wasn’t simple towards a dedicated and determined Golden Knights workforce. Vegas dominated possession for 3 intervals plus additional time. Scoring possibilities have been lopsided as effectively, recorded as 28-15 for the Golden Knights.
However as he has achieved all through the playoffs, Carey Value calmly erased the errors of his teammates. And as he made one spectacular save after one other, frustration started to construct for the guests. Value made game-saving stops on William Karlsson and Max Pacioretty.
To get to the ultimate, the Canadiens have defied overwhelming odds. However Value has had a manner of single-handedly upending the prediction fashions throughout this playoff run. The extra proficient lineup (on paper) outshot the Habs in each sport of this sequence however one, however with their goaltender giving them an opportunity, the Canadiens caught collectively and located methods to win.
Lehkonen is clutch
Tonight the additional time hero was a participant who has performed a key function in shutting down the opposition each at even power and whereas on the penalty-kill. Artturi Lehkonen ended the sport and the sequence simply 99 seconds into the additional body. Lehkonen is acquainted with scoring game-winners, however there was none larger than his shot that beat Robin Lehner tonight.
It was the Canadiens captain who obtained the ball rolling within the first interval. Shea Weber, nonetheless coping with a thumb harm, blasted a rocket previous Lehner to open the scoring.
Cole Caufield additionally obtained one by Lehner for the Canadiens second aim. Apparently Caufield’s wrister, excessive glove facet was considerably much less predictable for the Golden Knights netminder. Caufield has gone from NCAA hockey, a world junior event, a Hobey Baker award, the AHL and now the Stanley Cup ultimate.
Lehner took a while within the handshake line to supply some variety phrases to Value. The Canadiens goaltender won’t ever reveal what was mentioned nevertheless it wouldn’t shock if it was one thing alongside the strains of ‘End what you began.’
Within the post-game participant availability, Lehner mentioned “Hell of a workforce. Works actually laborious. Sticks with their construction, and so they have a variety of nice gamers. Everybody underestimates them.”
However now, the Montreal Canadiens are Stanley Cup finalists. Within the phrases of Eric Staal, they’ve their ticket to the dance. Underestimate them not.
The Canadiens can have the time off on Friday and can then start making ready for his or her Stanley Cup ultimate which is able to start on the highway on Monday evening.
▲ Carey Value, Artturi Lehkonen, Shea Weber, Cole Caufield, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron, Luke Richardson
▼ Tyler Toffoli, Jon Merrill, Erik Gustafsson
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