Montreal, which was thought to be dying last week, managed its crazy comeback against Toronto, yet dominant in the North Division during the regular season, to qualify Monday in the second round of the North American Professional Championship play-offs. ice hockey (NHL).
The Canadiens, whose goaltender Carey Price stopped no less than 30 shots, beat the Maple Leafs 3-1 in the deciding seventh game between the two Canadian franchises, while Toronto still led their streak last Tuesday by three wins to one.
« It’s the best team game we’ve played this season, » said Price. « I thought we had pretty good luck the whole series, and obviously when we won Game 5 to get our second win (Thursday, note), we started to gain momentum, and we just kept going. and tried to keep that momentum going tonight. «
In the next round, Montreal will meet the Winnipeg Jets, already qualified.
It was only the second seventh game between Montreal and Toronto, the previous one being in 1964.
This new failure in the playoffs risks turning to the examination of conscience in Toronto, which has not won a Stanley Cup since 1967, the longest period of famine of any NHL team.
In the other game of the evening, counting for the second round of the play-offs, the Boston Bruins were manhandled by the New York Islanders, victorious 4 to 3 after extra time.
The two franchises are tied for one win throughout their series.
The game was disjointed: Boston led 1-0 in the first period, before the Islanders put in three goals in the second, then the Bruins tied in the third for overtime.
Results of matches played on Monday:
Toronto – Montreal 1 – 3
Montreal qualified, winner 4 wins to 3
Game N.1, Toronto – Montreal 1 – 2
Game N.2, Toronto – Montreal 5 – 1
Match N.3, Montreal – Toronto 1 – 2
Match N.4, Montreal – Toronto 0 – 4
Match N.5, Toronto – Montreal 3 – 4 ap
Match N.6, Montreal – Toronto 3 – 2 ap
Boston – NY Islanders 3 – 4 (ap)
The two teams are tied 1 everywhere
Game No. 1, Boston – NY Islanders 5 – 2
To come up:
Match N.3, 06/03
Match N.4, 06/05
Match N.5, 06/07
Match N.6, 06/09
Match N.7, 06/11