Canadiens One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

Montreal Canadiens v. Vegas Golden Knights
Stanley Cup Semifinals
Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)

Montreal Canadiens Lineup:

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Vegas Golden Knights Lineup:

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Game Recap:

In the Fortress, this contest starts off with puck battle on both ends of the ice. At 2:05 in the first period, Vegas goes on the Power Play when Montreal’s Paul Byron is sent to the penalty box with a cross checking call. After great shot attempts at the net for Vegas, Montreal gets a couple of chances of their own and get on the board when Jesperi Kotkaniemi scores after a great save that would then be turned into a turnover, leading to the Kotkaniemi goal. With 5:05 left in the first period, it looked like Vegas would tie the contest but a brilliant save by Carey Price keeps it a 1-0 Montreal lead. After a scary injury to one of the on-ice officials with 1:15 left in the period, the game continues and at the end of the first, Montreal has the 1-0 lead over the Golden Knights.

In the second, Eric Staal makes it a 2-0 Canadiens lead with the goal at 6:32. After a hi-sticking call from Nicolas Roy to the neck of Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen, Montreal goes on the power play. Cole Caufield goes on to score the power play goal, his third goal of the postseason at 9:49 to give the Canadiens the 3-0 lead. At 10:42, Montreal goes on the power play once more when Vegas’ Shea Theodore head to the box for a cross-checking penalty. At 17:10, Montreal goes to the penalty kill when Shea Weber goes off to the box for a hooking penalty. With the second period coming to a close, the Canadiens head into the third with the 3-0 lead over Vegas.

In the third, Vegas finally gets on the board when Max Pacioretty scores at 4:09 to cut the Canadiens lead to two. Late in the period, Montreal seals the win with an empty goal net by Nick Suzuki to make it a 4-1 Canadiens lead. Montreal looks to win the series back at home for Game 6 Thursday night.

Scoring and Penalty Summary:

1st Period

Montreal PenaltyPaul ByronforCross checking2 min minor02:05
Montreal GoalJesperi Kotkaniemi (5)Assisted byJosh Anderson (1)Paul Byron (3)08:45

2nd Period

Montreal GoalEric Staal (2)Assisted byNick Suzuki (7)Tyler Toffoli (8)06:32
Vegas PenaltyNicolas RoyforHi-sticking2 min minor08:33
Montreal PP GoalCole Caufield (3)Assisted byCorey Perry (6)Nick Suzuki (8)09:49
Vegas PenaltyShea TheodoreforCross Checking2 min minor10:42
Montreal PenaltyShea WeberforHooking2 min minor17:10

3rd Period

Vegas GoalMax Pacioretty (5)Assisted byNicolas Roy (5)04:09
Montreal EN GoalNick Suzuki (5)Assisted byTyler Toffoli (9)18:54

Statistical Summary:

1st Period

MTLVGK
Faceoffs4/1511/15
Power Plays0/00/1
Shots66
Hits1610

2nd Period

MTLVGK
Faceoffs16/3721/37
Power Plays1/20/2
Shots1714
Hits3517

3rd Period

MTLVGK
Faceoffs25/5934/59
Power Plays1/20/2
Shots2627
Hits4434
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