The New York Islanders are back to underdog status after losing two straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning. But they are not there real Trouble until they lose twice in a row at the Nassau Coliseum.
Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights let Game 3 slip after a late slip. It’s time to stop sleeping with the Montreal Canadiens, especially after their first comeback win in the playoffs.
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Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning at the New York Islanders | 8 p.m. (lightning discharge 2-1)
To defeat the islanders, use lightning has been the islanders. The Bolts played a stingy defensive game to win Game 3 and block 21 shots (with 11 different players blocking at least one). Tampa Bay also rides a scorching hot Brayden Point, which has scored goals in six straight games.
But the islands have been here before; They’d fallen 2-1 on each of their series before winning each of the previous two. The Islands need to find more offensive after scoring just five goals against Andrei Vasilevskiy in three games so far, so coach Barrylik is considering some changes. An obvious candidate is Oliver Wahlstrom. The rookie injured himself in Game 5 against Pittsburgh in the first round and has not been able to crack the line-up since then.
Because of last night
Montreal Canadiens 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2 (OT) (Canadiens lead 2-1)
The Golden Knights were less than two minutes away from victory. Then goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury tried to play the puck behind the net and everything changed. Fleury accidentally kicked the puck to open the ice – reminiscent of his slip in the 2004 Junior World Championship gold medal game – and let Josh Anderson keep the puck at 1:55 to tuck the puck for a tied goal. Anderson also scored the overtime winner to give Montreal a surprising series lead.
Marc-Andre Fleury mistreated the puck behind the goal so that Josh Anderson scored the decisive goal for the Canadiens.
It was an eventful day for the Habs as coach Dominique Ducharme had to miss the game after testing positive for COVID twice. “I feel like we’ve always responded well to adversity,” said goalkeeper Carey Price. “Tonight was just another example of that. Not having Dom behind the bench was just another twist we had to deal with.” Complete summary
Three stars of the night
Josh Anderson, RW, Montreal Canada
The Habs acquired Anderson from the Blue Jackets in October 2020 for Max Domi. He’d been on a mediocre stretch – just one goal in the last 24 games – and then broke out in a big way.
Anderson scored the goal that put the game into overtime late in the third, then the overtime winner, in what was probably his best game ever as Hab.
Carey Price, G, Montreal Canada
Without their goalkeeper, the Canadiens wouldn’t be where they are today. The prize is 10-4 with a saving percentage of 0.932 in these playoffs, including another massive Friday night performance.
Alex Pietrangelo, D, Vegas Golden Knights
Another game, another goal for Vegas’ new # 1 defender who showed why he’s worth that seven-year contract worth $ 8.8 million annually in those playoffs. Pietrangelo now has 11 points in the postseason. He has three goals in the streak, more than any striker in Vegas.
quote of the Day
“I loved our game. If we can play like this for next week, I’ll find it hard to believe that they’ll beat us twice more.”
– Vegas trainer Peter DeBoer
Goal of the day
20-year-old Cole Caufield scored his second goal in three games and it was a beauty. And considering he’ll technically still be a rookie next year.
ZIELD CAUFIELD – simply beautiful! #Stanley cup
– NHL (@NHL) June 19, 2021
“Because it’s the cup” moment of the day
Montreal fans weren’t too happy with the unnamed high floor that made Corey Perry look like this (amid some other complaints about the office).
– BobbyLotsOfNumbers (@TheReplayGuy) June 19, 2021
But the veteran couldn’t be kept in the locker room and went out to party with teammates.
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 19, 2021