MONTREAL — Artturi Lehkonen scored at 1:39 of overtime for the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Bell Centre on Thursday.
Lehkonen one-timed a wrist shot past Robin Lehner stick side on Phillip Danault‘s backhand pass to win the best-of-7 series and send Montreal to the Cup Final for the first time since 1993.
Cole Caufield scored his fourth goal of the series and Carey Price made 37 saves for the Canadiens, who will face either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the New York Islanders. Game 7 of that series will be played Friday.
Reilly Smith and Alec Martinez scored for the Golden Knights, who tied the game twice. Lehner made 29 saves in his second start of the series.
Martinez tied it 2-2 at 1:08 of the third on a rebound from the edge of the crease that got between Price’s pads after a save on Alex Pietrangelo‘s rising shot.
Shea Weber scored a power-play goal at 14:06 of the first period. Martinez’s backhand on a clearing attempt went straight to Weber, who scored on a slap shot past Lehner stick side from the top of the left face-off circle to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.
Smith tied it 1-1 at 14:54 when he got his stick down behind Price’s right pad to deflect Shea Theodore‘s pass inside the left post.
Caufield put the Canadiens up 2-1 at 9:36 of the second when he tipped Joel Edmundson‘s stretch pass and raced past Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb to get the puck before cutting to the net to score with a wrist shot over Lehner’s glove.
Luke Richardson coached the Canadiens for a fourth straight game following Dominique Ducharme’s positive test for COVID-19.