2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals Game 4
Canadiens lead 2-1
How to watch
Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Live
Just hours before Game 3, news dropped that the Canadiens’ head coach, Dominique Ducharme, tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating. But, in the words of the great Freddie Mercury, the show must go on. Quickly stepping into the role of interim-interim coach and taking hold of the reins was defence coach Luke Richardson.
For the first 20 minutes of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, it didn’t really seem like either team was overly interested in what the outcome would be. That quickly turned in Vegas’s favour, and after 40 minutes the Canadiens were being outshot 30-8. It was going to be a long night.
But it’s not the number of shots on goal, it’s the number of pucks that go in the net.
While it was the Golden Knights who opened the scoring, thanks to a huge boo-boo by Eric Staal who put the puck directly on Nicolas Roy’s stick who, it didn’t take long for the Canadiens to jump on the board too, thanks to a Cole Caufield breakaway just 38 seconds later.
Tale of the Tape
|48.5% (10th)||Corsi-for pct.||54.5% (5th)|
|2.50 (11th)||Goals per game||3.00 (5th)|
|2.29 (3rd)||Goals against per game||2.38 (4th)|
|18.9% (8th)||PP%||10.5% (16th)|
|92.7% (1st)||PK%||72.7% (12th)|
Josh Anderson made his 13:38 of ice time count. It seemed like he was everywhere, throwing the body around and taking advantage of every shooting opportunity that came his way. If one was paying attention and had faith in the Powerhorse, one might have predicted he was going to be rewarded for his efforts....
Prediction time: Anderson goal tonight.— Eyes on the Prize (@HabsEOTP) June 19, 2021
Little did we know it was going to be an unassisted equalizer with 1:55 left in the third to push it to overtime and the game-winning goal thanks to the sneaky moves by his partner in crime, Paul Byron.
While we’re giving props, we should also throw some love Marc-Andre Fleury’s way since it was he who gave Anderson such a sweet, open opportunity to tie the game in the first place with a big gaffe on his part that he’s surely still kicking himself for.
For just over 72 minutes Price continued to show up, swatting away 43 of the 45 shots he faced and pulling out some Classic Carey moves while he was at it. Like the game-saving toe stop on Alex Tuch when he sprawled from one side of the net to the other to keep it 2-1 in the third. Anderson wasn’t long giving his goaltender well-deserved props in his post-game comments. “He kept us in the game all game.”
It wasn’t that long ago that Vegas made an epic comeback, winning four straight to boot the Colorado Avalanche out of the playoffs in Round 2. However, the Canadiens also banded together to win their final three games against the North Division top dogs, the Toronto Maple Leafs, to kick them out of Round 1, something nobody saw coming after being down 3-1 in the series.
The Canadiens are two wins away from the Stanley Cup Final, and clearly they’re not going down without a fight. They weren’t frazzled by the big hits given by Vegas on Nick Suzuki and Artturi Lehkonen, or the brutal non-call high-stick that busted up Corey Perry’s nose during overtime, or the one-sided officiating that even the media are starting to notice. They took a licking and kept on ticking.
This team is resilient and is clicking in a way we haven’t seen in a very long time. This is why they’re heading into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a shot at a 3-1 series lead.