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Canadiens vs. Jets Round 2 Game 3: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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Can the Habs extend their series lead to 3-0?

Montreal Canadiens v Winnipeg Jets - Game Two Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images

2021 North Division Final Game 3

Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets

MTL leads 2-0

How to watch

Start time: 6:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: NBCSN
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

The last time fans were in the Bell Centre, many were probably expecting their team to be playing its final game of the year, down 3-2 to the favoured Toronto Maple Leafs and not given much of a chance to come back. The percentage of the 2,500 in attendance probably gradually increased as the Canadiens were bombarded in the overtime period that game, with a killing blow seeming inevitable. Instead, they got to cheer a win as Jesperi Kotkaniemi won it in overtime.

Since then, the Canadiens have won three more games on the road, closing out the series with Toronto, then nabbing the first two games from the Jets in Round 2. Now those fans who will be in the Bell Centre stands are witnessing a team in control of its series, and a deep playoff run is now a real possibility.

Friday’s game was one of the greatest defensive performances of the post-season. Perhaps not the most exciting, but the mood at the end of a 1-0 victory was no less jubilant than it would have been for a higher-scoring game. Missing a few of their top players, Winnipeg was probably feeling they would have better luck making it a defensive duel, but the Canadiens won that as well following their 5-3 win two nights earlier. Theur hope now turns to Paul Statsny, who, after missing an important Game 2, can’t be at 100%. If the addition of an offensive star isn’t enough to turn the tide, there will be few solutions left for Paul Marice to propel his team to an epic comeback.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli Nick Suzuki Cole Caufield
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Anderson
Joel Armia Eric Staal Corey Perry

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Erik Gustafsson

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen

Scratches

F: Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik, Tomas Tatar, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylönen
D: Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Alexander Romanov
G: Charlie Lindgren, Michael McNiven, Cayden Primeau

Injured/Ill

F: Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence), Jake Evans (concussion)
D: Jon Merrill

Winnipeg Jets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Kyle Connor Pierre-Luc Dubois Blake Wheeler
Paul Stastny Andrew Copp Nikolaj Ehlers
Mathieu Perreault Adam Lowry Mason Appleton
Kristian Vesalainen Nate Thompson Trevor Lewis

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Josh Morrissey Tucker Poolman
Derek Forbort Neal Pionk
Logan Stanley Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Connor Hellebuyck Laurent Brossoit