Ice hockey – NHL (play-offs): Montreal one win from the final


Montreal is just one victory away from playing its first Stanley Cup final since 1993! The 23 NHL-title franchise leads 3-2 in its semi-final against Las Vegas, after its 4-1 victory in Nevada in Game 5 on Tuesday. The Canadians led 3-0 after 30 minutes thanks to goals from Jesperi Kotkaniemi (9th), Eric Staal (27th) and Cole Caufield (30th). Max Pacioretty closed the gap for the Golden Knights in the 45th, but Nick Suzuki sealed the Canadian victory, scoring in the empty goal at 1’06 from the end. Carey Price finished with 26 saves (including 11 in the third period) for Montreal, while Marc-André Fleury only managed 22 for Las Vegas.

A qualification on the day of the Fête du Québec?

“We delivered a solid 60-minute performance,” said Suzuki. Even after their goal, we reacted well. We were in control and we created chances to score. The four trios made their contribution. We all have to do that again in Game 6. ”“ It’s hard to explain, ”said Las Vegas coach Peter DeBoer. We had no legs and we lacked execution. We have to give them credit, they played a good game abroad. And obviously conceding the first goal early in the game is not a winning formula against them. »Thursday, Quebec’s National Day, Montreal will therefore have the opportunity to conclude the series, unless the Nevada players, who have already won in Canada in Match 4, come and spoil the party and resume the game. home advantage.

NHL / PLAY-OFFS 2021
Semi-finals

Las Vegas Golden Knights – Montreal Canadiens: 2-3
Match 1 – Las Vegas Golden Knights – Montreal Canadiens: 4-1
Match 2 – Las Vegas Golden Knights – Montreal Canadiens : 2-3
Match 3 – Montreal Canadiens – Las Vegas Golden Knights: 3-2 ap
Match 4 – Montreal Canadiens – Las Vegas Golden Knights : 1-2 ap
Match 5 – Las Vegas Golden Knights – Montreal Canadiens : 1-4
Match 6: Montreal Canadiens – Las Vegas Golden Knights on June 24
Match 7 (if necessary): Las Vegas Golden Knights – Montreal Canadiens on June 26



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