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 Canadiens must be pleased with the best way they performed sport 4, significantly on the defensive facet, for the overwhelming majority of the sport. This adopted a weak sport 3 efficiency the place the Golden Knights dominated play for 40 minutes. However there have been a variety of positives to remove from the Sunday evening contest.
The irritating half for Montreal is that they performed nicely however got here away with out a victory. How significantly better can they play?
A 3-1 sequence lead going again to Nevada would have energized the Habs. And now we’ve a better of three sequence with doubtlessly two of the video games going down in Las Vegas the place line matching and adjustments shall be more durable for the Habs.
There aren’t any ethical victories, it is a outcomes oriented enterprise. The Canadiens have to seek out extra methods to generate a win beginning with creating extra second and third probability scoring alternatives. Too usually, it has been one-and-done within the playoffs within the offensive zone.
Officiating is atrocious
Officiating isn’t a subject that we sometimes deal with on this column, however given the diploma of its incompetence for the previous two video games, it has rightly earned a point out. It was apparent to followers of many stripes, to broadcasters and analysts and to former gamers that the officers blatantly impacted the result of the sport tonight.
After the debacle of sport 3, Gary Bettman (who attended the sport) had no alternative however to switch referees Chris Lee and Dan O’Rourke for sport 4. Somewhat than defend the integrity of the sport, Lee and O’Rourke had been allowed to do a fair worse job in Sunday evening’s sport. Whether or not it’s a matter of incompetence or corruption, the NHL has a significant issue.
It’s is astonishing that Lee and O’Rourke are thought of, by the league, two of the very best referees within the NHL and worthy of officiating a Stanley Cup semi-final playoff sport.
Sport 4 was an enormous missed alternative for the Canadiens. The 2 groups will head to Las Vegas to play sport 5 on Tuesday evening at T-Cell Enviornment.
▲ Carey Value, Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot, Paul Byron, Corey Perry, Nick Suzuki, Jeff Petry, Joel Armia, Artturi Lehkonen
▼ Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill, Joel Edmundson
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