Sports About Last Night: Robin and refs frustrate Habs in Game 4 loss
About Last Night: Oui the North! Habs escape division with Jets sweep
The Montreal Canadiens are the last Canadian team standing. The Habs swept the Winnipeg Jets with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 Monday night at the Bell Centre to take North Division supremacy in its first and likely only year of existence. They’ll move on to the conference finals to face an American team for the first time this season: either the Colorado Avalanche or Vegas Golden Knights. Here’s the winning goal at 1:39 by Tyler Toffoli from a pass by Cole Caufield: TOFFOLI MET FIN À LA SÉRIE!!!!!!TOFFOLI ENDS THE SERIES!!!!!!#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/45qjEU0zmI— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 8, 2021 Here’s the handshake line.
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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The Montreal Canadiens hung on to win 3-2 and even their third-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 on Wednesday. Carey Price weathered an offensive onslaught in the second and third period, making 25 of 27 saves (and 29 total) in the victory. The Canadiens opened the game with a Sin City sleight of hand worthy of Penn and Teller. After announcing their starting lineup, they quickly amended it to include Jeff Petry in Brett Kulak’s place. It caught everyone by surprise. Even more shocking was Petry’s appearance coming onto the ice. Bruh. pic.twitter.
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.
COVID-19 concerns give way to Habs Fever in Quebec as Montreal continues playoff run
MONTREAL — The sun hadn't yet risen in Montreal on Friday morning when a contingent of Ontario hockey fans prepared to descend on the city ahead of what they saw as a monumental hockey game. The Montreal Canadiens were set to square off against the Las Vegas Golden Knights, marking the first time since 2014 that the team had made the National Hockey League's semi-finals, and Alexander Vizier and his friends had no intention of missing out. The group had driven 17 hours from the northern Ontario community of Marathon just to take in the game.
Carrier shook up after being cross-checked into the glass by Edmundson. No call on the play— NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch)
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.
WHAT A SAVE FROM ROBIN LEHNER!— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) |
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.
Here's what led to that altercation as Nosek tried to take a couple of runs at Weber from behind— NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch)
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.
Downtown Montreal transformed into one big party after the Habs' win
First the Habs won, then Montreal became a playground. Fans outside the Bell Centre celebrating their team going to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1993 — on la Fête nationale of all days –— were quickly dispersed by Montreal police , who shot tear-gas canisters into the crowd. Though fans appeared generally well-behaved — aside from the incessant lighting of fireworks between narrow buildings outside the arena and one guy who kept climbing a lamppost — police tweeted Thursday that projectiles had been thrown in their direction. À proximité du Centre Bell :Des projectiles sont lancés en direction des policiers et des méfaits sont commis.
CANADIENS STRIKE FIRST.... Paul Byron buries the breakaway goal to give the— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) a 1-0 lead in Game 4!
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.
"I couldn't see it"— NorthLegends (@NorthLegends)
Liveblog commenters and experts alike were confounded by yet another game of inconsistent officiating.
Chris Lee, especially, and Dan O'Rourke should not be allowed to work another playoff game after this one no matter who wins. Will be interesting to see if NHL allows them to.— Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1)
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.
5 things Tampa fans need to know about the Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning have been duking it out for Atlantic Division supremacy since 2013, so hockey fans in both cities know a thing or two about their respective opponent in the Stanley Cup Finals. But this year, COVID realignment kept the Habs and Bolts separate, so Tampa Bay fans might be unfamiliar with this particular iteration of hockey’s most storied franchise. Here are five things Lightning fans ought to know about the Habs before the puck drops at Amalie Arena Monday night. 1. Beware the red suit and pizza slice.
THE KNIGHTS ARE ON THE BOARD!
This game is TIED in the final 10 minutes.— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) |
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 OVERTIME WINNER FOR THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN GAME 4.— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) |
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.
Montreal rapper Annakin Slayd revamps Habs anthems for Cup run .
Annakin Slayd has grown accustomed to providing the soundtrack for the Canadiens’ playoff runs. So as the team got deeper and deeper into this year’s charmed run for the Stanley Cup, the Montreal rapper knew it was time to dust off some of his old hits. A few weeks ago, he released an update of his 2014 song and star cameo-filled video Rock the Sweater; and this week, with the Habs entering the Stanley Cup finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he dropped an entirely new version of his 2010 hit Feels Like ’93.