Canadiens defeat Golden Knights in OT in Game 3, take lead in Semifinals


MONTREAL — Josh Anderson scored his second goal 12:53 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens took the lead in the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a 3-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 at Bell Centre on Friday.

Anderson tapped in a pass across the slot from Paul Byron on the rush to win it.

Anderson tied the game 2-2 with 1:55 remaining in the third period after Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed the puck behind his net.

Vegas had outshot Montreal 39-17 when Fleury turned it over to Anderson, who was alone in front to score into a wide-open net for his first goal in 13 games.

Cole Caufield scored, and Carey Price made 43 saves for the Canadiens, who played without coach Dominique Ducharme after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Nicolas Roy and Alex Pietrangelo scored, and Fleury made 24 saves for the Golden Knights, who have lost two straight.

Game 4 of the best-of-7 series is at Montreal on Sunday.

Pietrangelo put Vegas up 2-1 at 2:22 of the third. The defenseman drove the middle to take a return pass from Max Pacioretty and scored his third goal in two games on a wrist shot from the top of the slot.

The Golden Knights took the first 12 shots on their way to outshooting the Canadiens 17-3 in the first period and 30-8 through the second.

Roy gave Vegas a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal off a turnover at 3:16 of the second period. Roy cut off Eric Staal‘s attempt to feed a soft pass to linemate Corey Perry from behind the Montreal net and scored on a low wrist shot inside the right post.

Caufield scored on a breakaway 38 seconds later to tie it 1-1. He drove the middle to get behind defensemen Nick Holden and Zach Whitecloud, caught up with Nick Suzuki‘s pass in the slot, and settled down a rolling puck before scoring on a wrist shot into the top right corner at 3:54.

Luke Richardson replaced Ducharme, assisted by Alexandre Burrows and director of goaltending Sean Burke.

It was the first time a United States-based NHL team played in Montreal in 15 months because of concerns related to the pandemic.

Teams that take a 2-1 lead are 57-18 (.760) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff semifinal series.

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