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 Worth – 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 obtained surprising information on Friday that interim head coach Dominique Ducharme examined constructive for COVID-19 and was compelled to isolate at residence. Luke Richardson was compelled into the position of bench boss, a place he hadn’t held since be the top coach of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in 2016. Maybe the tougher adjustment was Sean Burke who rotated the defence, a difficult duty provided that the Canadiens don’t belief the third pairing to play collectively.
The Golden Knights had been dedicated to having a robust begin to the sport, and that they did, outshooting Montreal 17-3 within the first interval. That margin the biggest shot differential within the opening body of a 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs recreation. Carey Worth was sensational keeping off 9 high-danger scoring probabilities within the first interval alone.
Vegas continued their domination within the center body opening the scoring simply three minutes into the second interval. At this level, the Golden Knights had been outshooting the Canadiens 22-4 earlier than a really quiet Bell Centre. However Cole Caufield tied the sport 38 seconds later after a stable defensive play and lead go from Nick Suzuki.
Montreal didn’t register their tenth shot till the forty fifth minute of the sport. The Knights continued to press within the third interval and Worth needed to stand on his head to maintain the Canadiens within the recreation. Worth made a miraculous save after one other on this recreation however his attain save on Alex Tuch was actually particular.
On the different finish, Marc-Andre Fleury had little to do for almost all of the sport. With 1:55 left within the third interval Fleury’s careless mishandling of the puck was a gift-wrapped objective to tie the competition by Josh Anderson. And that introduced the Canadiens to extra time in a recreation that they had no enterprise being in.
As TSN’s Craig Button stated, “The officiating on this recreation is the worst (officiated) recreation I’ve seen on this yr’s playoffs. It was terrible.” And that continued in extra time as all 4 officers on the ice apparently missed a nasty excessive stick by Jonathan Marchessault which lower Corey Perry, bloodying his face. With Perry within the dressing room getting stitched up, Anderson ended the competition on a pleasant setup from Paul Byron and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
Carey Worth was the plain selection for first star, ending the sport with 43 saves. Worth is the one goalie in Canadiens franchise historical past with a number of 40+ save extra time wins on residence ice.
The Canadiens will host the Golden Knights on the Bell Centre for recreation 4 on Sunday evening.
▲ Carey Worth, Nick Suzuki, Josh Anderson, Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Joel Armia, Artturi Lehkonen, Cole Caufield
▼ Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill
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