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Sport Golden Knights’ Game 2 push falls short; Canadiens tie series

07:30  17 june  2021
07:30  17 june  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The Golden Knights almost completed a desperate push to get back into Game 2, but the Canadiens were rewarded for their strong overall work, winning 3-2. With that, their Semifinal series is now tied 1-1.

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Clearly, Jeff Petry makes a difference for the Canadiens, including in Game 2. Now consider it essentially a “best of five” series between two teams with interestingly intermingling styles.

Strong start from Canadiens — Petry plays; Stephenson out

In Game 1, the Canadiens outplayed the Golden Knights early, but Vegas eventually pulled away. In Game 2, the Canadiens pulled off an even more impressive start, and this time the Habs benefited on the scoreboard.

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Through the first period of Game 2, the Canadiens registered 12 shots on goal, versus just four by the Golden Knights. Vegas didn’t get a whole lot going during the middle frame, either.

The Canadiens scored the first three goals of Game 2, collecting two in the first period, and then going up 3-0 after Paul Byron burned the Golden Knights on a breakaway.

That goal ended up standing as the game-winner:

It was a game where the Habs clearly benefited from Jeff Petry’s return. His return was a sight to see, even if his eyes were striking. By most accounts, Petry isn’t going through pain or dealing with vision issues.

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Either way, the Canadiens looked impressive, especially through the first portions of Game 2.

Too little, too late for Golden Knights vs. Canadiens in Game 2

A hair over a minute after Byron put the Canadiens up 3-0, Alex Pietrangelo gave the Golden Knights some hope with the 3-1 goal in Game 2. Pietrangelo continued his strong postseason by also scoring the Golden Knights’ second goal.

So far in this series, the Golden Knights have lived off of scoring from their defense, with Pietrangelo joined by the expected (Shea Theodore, Alec Martinez), and the not-so-expected (Nick Holden).

Considering the one-two punch of Max PaciorettyMark Stone and “The Misfit Line” of Reilly Smith, William Karlsson, and Jonathan Marchessault, the Habs would likely be happy if Vegas’ forwards stay quiet.

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Then again, Chandler Stephenson is an underrated part of that Pacioretty – Stone line, and he wasn’t available in Game 2. Sure, the Golden Knights have manufactured strong center play both recently and since their inception (few expected much from Stephenson, and William Karlsson wasn’t expected to be a legit top-two center during the expansion draft, either), but could this be an issue going forward?

Maybe the Golden Knights just need to hope that Stephenson can return.

Either way, this series is now tied 1-1, and will shift to Montreal starting in Game 3 (8 p.m. ET; USA Network / Peacock). If people needed proof that the Canadiens should be taken seriously, then Game 2 should drive that point home.

CANADIENS VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS (Series tied 1-1) – series livestream link

Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Canadiens 1

Game 2: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2

Game 3: Fri. June 18: Golden Knights at Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)

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Game 4: Sun. June 20: Golden Knights at Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / Peacock)

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*Game 5: Tues. June 22: Canadiens at Golden Knights, 9 p.m ET (NBCSN / Peacock)

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*Game 6: Thurs. June 24: Golden Knights at Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / Peacock)

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  When will the 2021 Stanley Cup Final start? The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs are fast approaching their conclusion. The semifinals get underway on Sunday, June 12, which means the finals get going the final week of June. We break down when the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals will get underway.The 2021 NHL Playoffs have advanced to the Stanley Cup Semifinals, which means the Stanley Cup Finals are just around the corner. The No. 1 seed Vegas Golden Knights will face the No. 4 seed Montreal Canadiens and the No. 2 seed Tampa Bay Lightning will face the No. 3 seed New York Islanders.

*Game 7: Sat. June 26: Canadiens at Golden Knights, 8 p.m ET (NBCSN / Peacock)

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When will the 2021 Stanley Cup Final start? .
The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs are fast approaching their conclusion. The semifinals get underway on Sunday, June 12, which means the finals get going the final week of June. We break down when the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals will get underway.The 2021 NHL Playoffs have advanced to the Stanley Cup Semifinals, which means the Stanley Cup Finals are just around the corner. The No. 1 seed Vegas Golden Knights will face the No. 4 seed Montreal Canadiens and the No. 2 seed Tampa Bay Lightning will face the No. 3 seed New York Islanders.

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