Montreal avoids elimination and forces Game 5 in Tampa – .

Montreal avoids elimination and forces Game 5 in Tampa – .

There will be a game five of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final after the Montreal Canadiens avoided elimination with a 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. Josh Anderson scored his second goal of the night to save Montreal’s overtime season. With the victory, the Canadiens avoided becoming the first team in 23 years to be swept away in the Stanley Cup final.

Things looked thin for Montreal at the start of extra time and at the start of the game. Canadiens captain Shea Weber was sent to the penalty bench in a 2-2 game with just 1:05 left in regulation on a four-minute minor double penalty for a stick-high against Ondrej Palat of Tampa Bay . This gave the Lightning a human advantage for the end of regulation time and the first three minutes of overtime.

The Canadiens’ defense picked up and Carey Price was excellent all night stopping 32 of 34 shots he faced. Montreal eliminated all five penalties they suffered en route to victory. After the game, interim head coach Dominique Ducharme praised the Habs special teams.

“The guys did a terrific job on the PK and stayed aggressive… took the options out when they were put in, and we were rewarded. “

Ducharme was also asked if he had anything to say to Price ahead of Game 4 following Price’s self-reflective comments that he needed to be better in Game 4. “Nothing, just a pat on the back. trousers. Said Ducharme. “Pricey has experience… he’s a competitor and we wanted to be better in front of him. He said what he said and he answered the bell tonight. “

Tampa Bay started the game strong on offense, passing Montreal 12-5 in the first period, but came back empty, which would cost them later in the game. One of Montreal’s five shots was Anderson’s goal in the first period, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy to open the scoring. Barclay Goodrow tied the score in the second with a goal from a great assist from Ryan McDonagh. In the second period, Montreal took more control on the offensive side, despite the draw after two frames.

Montreal regained the lead with just over 11 minutes to go when Alexander Romanov buried a pass from Jake Evans, who also assisted in Anderson’s first count. Pat Maroon of Tampa Bay, who is seeking his name on the Cup for a third straight season, sent the game into overtime with the last goal in regulation to tie the game at 2-2.

The series now returns to Tampa for Game 5 on Wednesday night.


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