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Bottom Six Minutes Episode XV: Canadiens lose one they shouldn’t have

The Habs deserved to win, but sometimes deserve has nothing to do with it.

Vegas Golden Knights v Montreal Canadiens - Game Four Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

A miraculous 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 presented a golden opportunity for the Montreal Canadiens. A win on Sunday night would mean a 3-1 series lead before the series turns back to home ice for the Vegas Golden Knights. The Tricolore could be one game away from booking a ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals.

They deserved to win, but came up short for the first time in these playoffs in overtime. Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes for a disappointing game 4 loss.

The Canadiens played well enough to earn the win. They can’t dwell on that, however, as it comes just one game after they won a game they probably deserved to lose. That’s hockey, so they have to shake it off and get back to work.

The officiating was once again putrid, in particular from a certain Chris Lee. I’m not sure what it would take to remove him from the equation, but the NHL cannot continue to allow him to officiate Canadiens games when he clearly displays an inability to call games properly.

No sense in dwelling on any of this, however, as it presents somewhat of a golden opportunity. If the Habs can win the next one in Vegas, they’ll earn a chance to win the series on St. Jean this Thursday in front of a Montreal crowd.

Imagine the scene. The national holiday of Quebec, and the Montreal Canadiens book their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals in front of a home crowd. All they have to do is put every bit of focus they have into Tuesday’s game 5 in Nevada.