2021 North Division Final Game 4
MTL leads 3-0
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.: NHL Network, NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Live
The Jets were determined to have an improvement from their performance in Game 2 when they were shut out by Carey Price. Losing both games on home ice, they entered the first game at the Bell Centre trying to return the favour. And they did have a better outing on the offensive side: they scored a goal. The bad news for them is they also gave up five, dropping a third straight decision to get backed right to the edge of the cliff.
Claiming the victory, the Canadiens have run their streak to six consecutive wins dating back to when they were in the Jets’ position of facing elimination in the opening round. They went through the season struggling to put together even consecutive wins, and nearly missed the post-season because of it, but they’re finding their stride at the perfect time.
Because of their winning ways and the compressed schedule they were dealt, the Habs have a chance to win a second playoff series a week after claiming their first.
Tale of the Tape
|47.8% (10th)||Corsi-for pct.||47.3% (11th)|
|2.50 (12th)||Goals per game||2.57 (11th)|
|2.20 (2nd)||Goals against per game||2.71 (8th)|
|17.2% (12th)||PP%||17.7% (11th)|
|90.0% (1st)||PK%||81.0% (6th)|
In need of a win, the Jets probably rushed Paul Stastny back into action before whatever injury he’s dealing with was healed to a proper degree. His play in Game 3 wasn’t nearly what the club was hoping for, finishing the night a minus-two and sitting in the box for the Canadiens’ 4-1 goal that put an end to any comeback they were hoping for in the third. It’s unfair to blame a player nowhere close to 100% for the loss, but it points to the desperation of the coaches to turn things around.
The power play wasn’t even Montreal’s best special-teams situation of the night. The penalty kill went into the game with two goals in the post-season, and Joel Armia added two more to bring the total to four. That’s actually more than their opponents have managed on the power play, moving the penalty kill to +1 through 11 post-season games, and it’s now operating at 90.0% efficiency.
The Canadiens may be dealing with a significant injury of their own as they attempt to wrap up the series. Jeff Petry tried to continue playing through an upper-body injury last night, but quickly decided that wasn’t going to work. After an uncharacteristic first series when he seemed to be dealing with a different ailment, he had begun to find a more typical form versus Winnipeg, with two points in Game 1 and helping to keep the Jets at bay in 25 minutes of work a night. If he is unable to go, that’s a lot of time that needs to be made up by his teammates.
We know, considering how many times a player has gone to the dressing room during play, that other players are dealing with injuries of their own that they’ve either picked up or aggravated in the 11 games played since May 20. Wrapping up the series tonight on home ice is the best thing they can do for themselves and get a bit of rest before Round 3. With the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche now in a best-of-three series that won’t end until at least Thursday, the Habs would get a fair amount of off days to heal up before heading to the American Southwest to begin the Stanley Cup Semifinals.