Friday, June 18, 2021. 6:45 PM
(Update : Friday, June 18, 2021. 10:42 PM)
RDS.ca – Josh Anderson scored the tying goal and then the overtime winner to cap the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of their showdown on Friday at the Bell Center.
CH now lead the semi-final 2-1.
Goalkeeper Marc-André Fleury was not busy in the first period, while CH took a first shot on goal after 11 minutes of play after a power play. By this time, Vegas already had 12 shots.
At the end of the period, Vegas was dominating 17-3 in this area.
The Golden Knights finally opened the scoring halfway through the second period due to poor play from Eric Staal. Behind the net, he passed on the paddle to Nicolas Roy, who was free in front of the net.
Luckily for Montreal, Cole Caufield took advantage of a pass from Nick Suzuki to escape and fix the mistake by drawing the tie just 38 seconds later.
Carey Price continued to make important damage-limiting saves during this time, as he faced 30 shots.
Alex Pietrangelo gave the Knights the lead early in the third period.
With less than 2 minutes to meet, the CH took advantage of an unexpected goal. Fleury mishandled the puck behind his net and gave it to Josh Anderson who, in front of the net, had the way completely open to force overtime.
Once in overtime, the tension was palpable and there were several good chances to score. After a change of heart from the Knights, the Canadian went on offense and Anderson scored the game-winning goal on a pass from Paul Byron.
Canadian interim head coach Dominique Ducharme was absent as he tested positive for COVID-19. No other member of the team tested positive.
This result forces the coach to be absent for at least ten days.
Suzuki wipes a solid contact
Nicolas Roy takes advantage of Staal’s mistake
Caufield replied immediately
Still Pietrangelo, Vegas ahead
A flight of Price in front of Tuch
Perry bleeding, the ref puts his whistle away
Serious mistake from Fleury, Anderson equalizes