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Sports About Last Night: Robin and refs frustrate Habs in Game 4 loss

18:34  21 june  2021
18:34  21 june  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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a group of people riding skis on a snowy surface: Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nick Holden (22) collide along the boards in the Montreal end during 1st period NHL Stanley Cup Semifinal action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday June 20, 2021. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette © Provided by The Gazette Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nick Holden (22) collide along the boards in the Montreal end during 1st period NHL Stanley Cup Semifinal action at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday June 20, 2021. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette

The Vegas Golden Knights evened their best-of-seven third-round series with the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 on Sunday night with a 2-1 overtime win. Swapping netminder Marc-André Fleury with Robin Lehner paid dividends, as Lehner made 27 in the victory.

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There was some intrigue as to who would end up in goal for Vegas before puck drop, although all signs (minus a mum coach Peter DeBoer) pointed to Fleury getting the pull after his puck mishap allowed the Canadiens to tie and eventually take Game 3 despite being outplayed. The shoe was on the other foot in Game 4, as it was the Habs who outshot and out-chanced Vegas but ended up taking the loss in extra time. One thing both games had in common: maligned Game 3 tandem Chris Lee and Dan O’Rourke returned as referees. More on them in a moment.

The game started with the Habs aggressively forechecking. After Lee and O’Rourke were criticized for missing a number of penalty calls on Friday, they missed a Joel Edmundson cross-check on William Carrier midway through period one in Game 4.

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Lehner was tested early, especially by the Corey Perry-Eric Staal-Joel Armia line. Perry walked into the zone and as he fell, dished to Staal in front, but Lehner dove across to make the save. The officials went upstairs to see if Lehner’s glove had crossed the goal line, but the initial play stood.

The game was scoreless after the first period, with the Habs up 11-4 in shots. No penalties were called in the first 20 minutes.

In the second, both teams likely sensed the referees were tentative about calling infractions, and they took advantage. Anderson made one of 10 hits on the night, joining forces with Paul Byron to crunch Zach Whitecloud along the boards. In terms of potentially illegal maneuvers, there was this:

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The shots were 13-7 Montreal midway through the contest, meaning neither team was giving many inches. The referees were finally forced to use their whistles when Tomas Nosek boarded Shea Weber from behind, causing the captain to retaliate with a pair of shots of his own. Unsportsmanlike minors were handed out to both.

With two seconds remaining in 4-on-4, Nick Suzuki went to the box for hooking on Alec Martinez. Vegas’ power play continued to fire blanks, even after DeBoer burned his team’s timeout halfway through the man-advantage to give his team extra direction. Only 11 seconds after Montreal killed the Suzuki penalty, the player emerged from the box and fed Byron on a breakaway. Byron waited for Lehner to drop before roofing it blocker side under the crossbar to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.

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As the second drew to a close with the Canadiens on the power play, Suzuki and Brayden McNabb got into a skirmish in front of Lehner’s crease. In what certainly will go down as one of the more controversial non-calls of these playoffs, McNabb punched Suzuki in the face with referee Chris Lee watching it unfold. No penalty was called. The second period ended with the Canadiens up a goal.

Liveblog commenters and experts alike were confounded by yet another game of inconsistent officiating.

McNabb, already public enemy number one in the Bell Centre after his jab at Suzuki, tied the game with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third. William Karlsson had time and space down low, allowing McNabb to sneak from the point to Price’s short side. Karlsson passed him the puck, and although McNabb didn’t have much room to shoot, he just managed to squeak it under Price’s arm. The game was tied 1-1.

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Price and Lehner made stops in the final minutes to push both teams into overtime. Joel Edmundson also made two key pokechecks to prevent chances. But it didn’t take long for Vegas to strike in the extra frame. At 1:18, the Golden Knights took advantage of a long shift for the Habs defence. Max Pacioretty grabbed the puck, zipped around the net, turned and fired, resulting in a rebound that landed on Nicolas Roy’s stick. Roy stepped back with Price down and chipped the puck over the sprawled goalie to send the series back to Vegas all tied up.

The Golden Knights shook off their stunning Game 3 loss, and now the Canadiens will need to do the same after Game 4 before heading back to T-Mobile Arena for Game 5 on Tuesday. For Habs fans, the change in scenery will also mean different officials, which is great because you can only see Lee and O’Rourke so many times before you start believing all the conspiracy theories. The Liveblog commenters should be commended for keeping their cool all things considered.

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