Canadiens hold off Golden Knights in Game 2, even series


LAS VEGAS — The Montreal Canadiens evened the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a 3-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

Tyler Toffoli, Joel Armia and Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens, who have won eight of their past nine games. Carey Price made 29 saves.

Alex Pietrangelo scored twice for the Golden Knights, who lost for the first time in six games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves.

Game 3 of the best-of-7 series is at Montreal on Friday (8 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Armia gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 6:12 of the first period, shooting past the outstretched pad of Fleury after Joel Edmundson‘s shot attempt deflected off Vegas forward William Carrier‘s skate.

Toffoli made it 2-0 at 16:30 of the first. He fanned on a one-timer off a pass from rookie Cole Caufield, but the puck still managed to beat Fleury five-hole. 

Toffoli has 10 points (five goals, five assists) during an eight-game point streak, which is one shy of tying Larry Robinson (1978) and Guy Lafleur (1977) for the longest in Canadiens playoff history.

Montreal outshot Vegas 12-4 in the first period.

Byron made it 3-0 at 17:45 of the second period with a backhand on a breakaway.

Pietrangelo responded to make it 3-1 at 18:46 when his shot from the left point following a face-off win by Keegan Kolesar made it through traffic.

Pietrangelo then cut it to 3-2 at 14:46 of the third period with a shot that went through the legs of Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry and under Price’s glove.

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