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Canadiens will face Golden Knights in Stanley Cup semifinals
Vegas, baby! The Canadiens will be headed to Las Vegas to start the Stanley Cup semifinals. The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 Thursday night in Las Vegas to win the West Division final 4-2. The Avalanche won the first two games of the best-of-seven series before the Golden Knights came back and won four straight. The Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup semifinals by sweeping the Winnipeg Jets in the North Division final. The second Stanley Cup semifinal series will have the defending-champion Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the New York Islanders.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi gave the Habs a lead in the first period and they added goals from Eric Staal and Cole Caufield in the second period, which has been Vegas’s best period in the playoffs. Carey Price made 26 saves had his shutout bid ruined by former teammate Max Pacioretty early in the third period. Nick Suzuki, who was acquired in the Pacioretty trade, added an empty netter. The Canadiens have killed 27 consecutive penalties, one short of the NHL record, and have not allowed a power-play in a playoff-record 12 games. The victory was the Canadiens’ seventh in nine road games in these playoffs.
Clara McGregor, first after being bitten in the face by a dog
comedian and producer, the eldest daughter of Ewan McGregor appeared Friday at the first of his latest film, the face marked by wounds. © SIPA Beautiful fear for Clara McGregor, who has been able to exercise perseverance and professionalism to the end.
Marc-André Fleury, back in the Vegas goal after Robin Lehner started game 4, stood little chance when rookie Cole Caufield took a drop pass from Corey Perry and found the top scorner with a one-timer. “Kid’s got a ton of swagger. He knows he’s a scorer,” said linemate Nick Suzuki. “Maybe they are trying to get in his head but he’s going to shoot any time it’s open, he’s been doing it his whole life.” It should be noted that Suzuki, who had a goal and two assists, is 21 and “the kid” is 20. It was the third goal in the playoffs for Caufield, who has also collected five assists. “(Caufield) has been playing great hockey,” added Suzuki. “He was a little disappointed that he didn’t get to start against the Leafs but he’s handled that well. He’s played a big role for us and he got rewarded with that goal.”
Stu Cowan: Former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty is happy in Vegas
Life has been very good for Max Pacioretty since the Canadiens traded him to the Vegas Golden Knights three years ago. After the trade, Pacioretty signed a four-year, US$28-million contract extension with the Golden Knights that runs through the 2022-23 season. During his first season in Vegas, Pacioretty was limited to 66 games because of injuries but still managed to score 22 goals and then added five more goals (along with six assists) in seven playoff games as the Golden Knights were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in the first round. Last season, Pacioretty scored 32 goals in 71 games, hitting the 30-goal mark for the sixth time in his NHL career.
The New York Islanders’ Lou Lamoriello was announced as the winner Tuesday night, becoming the first GM to win the award in back-to-back seasons since it was first presented in 2009-10. No Canadiens GM has ever won the award. NHL general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media vote for the Jim Gregory Award at the conclusion of the second round of the playoffs with the top three vote-getters being named finalists. The Florida Panthers’ Bill Zito was the third finalist this year.
Gilles Tremblay, a union advisor at CSN who represents orderlies at the Laval health authority, blamed the provincial government for “sending everyone to CHSLDs” to free up spaces in hospitals at the start of the pandemic. He said in the middle of the first wave, hardly anyone from long-term care homes was transferred to hospitals. “But the hospital was empty, it was a ghost hospital,” Tremblay said, adding that the refusal to send the residents of care homes to the hospital constituted an “ageicide.”
About Last Night: Habs dealt 4-1 loss by Vegas in Game 1
The Montreal Canadiens were given a rude welcome by the Vegas Golden Knights in their first game of the season on American soil. The Golden Knights handed the Habs a 4-1 loss in the opener of their third-round series . Marc-André Fleury made 28 saves in the Game 1 victory. Vegas also received offensive contributions from their blue-liners, with Shea Theodore, Alec Martinez and Nick Holden scoring goals. In the opening 10 minutes, things appeared a little more even. With Jeff Petry out of the lineup with a hand injury, Alex Romanov made his presence felt early with an open ice hit on Alex Pietrangelo. Rue barrée. ❌#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.
“When it came, it came too fast. We didn’t have time to do nothing,” Michel Vachon said Tuesday. “I lost my friend. He went this way, and I (went) in my home and had just the time to close the door.” Vachon was building a small bridge with Jacques Lefebvre, 59, on Monday afternoon when they saw a tornado approach the Montreal suburb. While Vachon went home, Lefebvre only had enough time to take shelter in his shed. As the twister carved a destructive path through the residential neighbourhood, snapping and uprooting mature trees and even ripping one home off its foundation, it picked up Lefebvre’s shed and destroyed it, killing him. Two other people were injured when the tornado touched down.
The 49-year-old man was hit on du Golf Blvd. around 4:50 p.m. and taken to a hospital with serious injuries. He was unconscious at the time. The Montreal police confirmed his death a few hours later, calling it the 16th deadly accident involving vehicles on the island of Montreal this year. It was the eighth pedestrian death in Montreal this year. The driver, a man in his 20s, is being treated for shock and was to be met by investigators to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
With files from Presse Canadienne.
Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash and Dustin Johnson invest in new National Lacrosse League team .
Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash and Dustin Johnson join Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai as investors of the newest professional lacrosse team in the NLL.Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash and Dustin Johnson join Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai as investors in the National Lacrosse League’s new Las Vegas franchise.