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Josh Anderson’s second goal of the game was the winner as the Canadiens beat the Lightning 3-2 in overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Monday at Bell Centre in Montreal.
Tampa Bay, which leads the best-of-seven series 3-1, will have the second of four chances to clinch the second of back-to-back championships Wednesday in Game 5.
Pat Maroon tied the score at 2-2 with 6:12 remaining in regulation. Tampa Bay had a chance to win when Shea Weber received a four-minute double minor for high-sticking in the final minute of regulation. But the Lightning failed to take advantage, and the Canadiens won just under four minutes into overtime.
Anderson opened the scoring in the first period. The Lightning’s Barclay Goodrow scored with 2:40 left in the second to tie it. Alexander Romanov put Montreal back ahead with 11:12 left in the third.
Here’s how it happened:
The Lightning have 2:59 remaining on the power play
Canadiens win the faceoff and Edmundson plays the puck in on goal
Edmundson clears the puck out of the zone
Price saves Palat shot from the left circle with Maroon setting a moving screen in front
Price covers Hedman shot from the center point
Vasilevskiy makes right pad save on Suzuki on shorthanded breakaway after Hedman loses the puck at the blue line
Price saves Stamkos bad-angle shot from just above the goal line
Lightning call a timeout
Hedman again can’t keep the puck in the zone
Canadiens kill the double minor to Weber
Josh Anderson wins it in overtime
(Canadiens win 3-2)
Point back on the ice after getting hit by a Hedman shot in the second period
Tyler Johnson shot blocked by Joel Edmundson
Perry turnaround shot blocked
Jan Rutta blocks Eric Staal shot from the left circle
Point shoots into the slot, looking for Kucherov, but Price goes left to right to make the save. Phillip Danault blocks David Savard’s rebound attempt
Josh Anderson hits Hedman hard behind the net
Brett Kulak shot from the left point turned aside by Vasilevskiy
Lightning able to clear the puck out of the zone with Johnson without a stick
Goodrow, Coleman, Gourde, Petry, Chiarot and Anderson all sent to the penalty box for roughing
Price catches Rutta shot from the center point
CANADIENS GOAL: Romanov scores at 8:48 through a screen in front. Canadiens 2, Lightning 1.
LIGHTNING GOAL! Pat Maroon ties it on a one-timer off a pass from Mathieu Joseph. The play started with Montreal’s failure to get the puck in deep. Lightning 2, Canadiens 2.
The six players in the penalty box finally get to leave
Palat shot defelected wide after set up from Kucherov
Kucherov shot off the heel of his stick hits the post after feed from McDonagh
Hedman shot from the right circle saved by Price
Wow. Palat hit in the face by high-stick from Weber. There’s blood, so it will be a four-minute penalty. 1:01 remaining.
Danault clears the puck out of the zone
Stamkos shoots wide of the net
Hedman can’t keep the puck in the zone
(Lightning and Canadiens tied 2-2 after regulation)
Edmundson and Pat Maroon received unsportsmanlike conduct penalties at the end of the first period, so we’ll start 4-on-4
Brayden Point wrist shot stopped by Price
Jeff Petry slap shot saved by Vasilevskiy
Jan Rutta shot from the right point stopped by Price
Ryan McDonagh clears Caufield centering pass
Point penalized for high-sticking Arturi Lehkonen
Goodrow shorthanded shot from the top of the right circle off the rush hits Price in the mask
McDonagh flips the puck out of the Lightning zone
Lightning clear the puck out from in front of the net out of the zone
Vasilevskiy saves Weber shot
Anderson shot from low in the right circle won’t go
Vasilevskiy makes a save on Joel Armia
Lightning kill the penalty. Canadiens had two shots
Weber crushes Point into the boards
Perry penalized for hooking Tyler Johnson
Weber nearly with another heavy hit on Point
Price saves Sergachev shot from the center point, and Lehkonen clears the puck
Palat pass blocked
Canadiens kill the penalty. Lightning 0-for-2 on the power play
Perry shot from the left circle deflects wide
Weber shot from the left point goes just wide
Armia penalized for tripping Joseph
Price saves Kucherov drive from the right circle
Kucherov shot blocked by Chiarot
Hedman shot from the center point hits the post
Hedman shot hits Point, who is in obvious pain as he gets up off the ice
Canadiens kill the penalty
LIGHTNING GOAL! Barclay Goodrow scores from the slot after backhand pass from Ryan McDonagh. Montreal can’t clear the puck out of the zone, and McDonagh keeps it in, then goes to the net, where he retrieves rebound of Blake Coleman shot from the top of the right circle. Lightning 1, Canadiens 1
(Lightning and Canadiens are tied 1-1 after two periods)
Carey Price stops shot from Nikita Kucherov from top of the right circle
Paul Byron knocks Kucherov on his backside
Price stops Yanni Gourde from in front of the net
Erik Cernak shot from the right point blocked in front
Anthony Cirelli shoots the puck in on Price as the Lightning make a line change
David Savard breaks up centering pass for Corey Perry
Eric Staal ties up Tyler Johnson, preventing a potential breakaway
Ondrej Palat deflection in front stopped by Price
Palat shot blocked up out of play by Shea Weber
Lightning outshooting Canadiens 6-0
Ben Chiarot shot from the right point goes wide through the crease
Blake Coleman shot sticked aside by Price
Price gloves Savard shot
Andrei Vasilevskiy saves Tyler Toffoli wrist shot, the Canadiens’ first of the game
Price covers wrist shot from Mikhail Sergachev
Price makes a kick save on Ross Colton
Perry spin-around shot from the left circle deflects off a teammate in front
Kucherov hits Chiarot into the end boards
CANADIENS GOAL: Montreal takes its first lead of the series when Josh Anderson one-times Nick Suzuki’s backhand pass from below the goal line into the net. Canadiens 1, Lightning 0.
Perry drives hard to the net and the puck winds up in the back of the net, but officials say no goal
Vasilevskiy recovers after nearly losing the puck behind the net to Jake Evans
Brayden Point and Evans receive coincidental minors, and we’ll have 4-on-4 play
Price turns aside Yanni Gourde shot
Joel Edmundson penalized for slashing Blake Coleman, and the Lightning will have a 4-on-3 power play for 34 seconds and then 5-on-4 for the remainder
Kucherov quick shot from the goal line stopped by Price
Kucherov can’t get pass to Point in the slot
Point hits the post
Kucherov shoots wide from the right circle
(Canadiens lead 1-0 after one period)
Pregame scouting report
Didn’t we just do this? Because it feels like we just did this.
Just over nine months after hoisting the Stanley Cup inside a Canadian bubble, the Lightning have a chance to do the same again tonight.
Win Game 4 of the best-of-seven final, and Tampa Bay will sweep the series and skate with the NHL’s championship trophy at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
Lose, and it will have three more chances to clinch, starting with Game 5 Wednesday in Tampa.
Outside of the first two periods of Game 2, the Lightning have largely outplayed the Canadiens in the series. They hold a 14-5 advantage in goals and have yet to trail in the series.
In the marquee matchup, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been far and away the better goaltender, allowing just five goals on 97 shots for a save percentage of .948, compared to .835 for Montreal’s Carey Price. Vasilevskiy also has the superior goals-against average, 1.67 to 4.39 for Price.
So all signs point to a Lightning win in the series. Will it be a sweep?
As captain Steven Stamkos said, the fourth win is always the toughest to get.
Tampa Bay found that out in last season’s final, when it had a chance to close out Dallas in five games but lost in double overtime before coming back to win Game 6. Head coach Jon Cooper said he got caught thinking ahead going into Game 5: hoisting the Cup, who’s going to get to drink out of it, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
This time, he’s focused on process over outcome. If the Lightning stick to their process and do the things that got them to this point, the outcome will take care of itself.
The status of second-line forward Alex Killorn, who missed the past two games after being injured blocking a shot in Game 1, will be a game-time decision. He skated in pregame warmups, which is usually a good sign.
The Canadiens have already made some changes to their lineup, activating forward Jake Evans and scratching Jesperi Kotkaniemi. In addition, Brett Kulak and Alexander Romanov will replace Jon Merrill and Erik Gustafsson on defense.
Will the night end with a championship celebration on the ice in Montreal and at a watch party inside Amalie Arena?
Follow our live updates, starting at 8 p.m., as the Lightning have a chance to become only the second team in the salary-cap era to win back-to-back Cups and claim the third in franchise history.
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