Canadiens take Game 3 in overtime

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The Montreal Canadiens were badly outplayed in the first two periods of Game 3 by the Vegas Golden Knights, but found a way to keep the game close before winning the match in overtime.

Carey Price deserves most of the credit for helping the Canadiens take a surprising 2-1 series lead over Vegas in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. Price turned aside 43 shots in the contest. He shielded all 17 shots he faced in the first frame as well as 12 of 13 in the second stanza. Montreal was outshot by a 30-8 margin over that span. According to Natural Stat Trick, Vegas had a 51-21 advantage in shot attempts; a 26-13 edge in scoring chances; and a 13-5 advantage in high-danger chances. However, the game was tied 1-1 after two periods.

The other major hero for Montreal in Game 3 was winger Josh Anderson, who had been ice cold offensively during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He entered Friday’s matchup on a 12-game scoreless drought. Anderson didn’t have a point since he scored a goal in the team’s playoff opener back on May 20. He was in the right place at the right time when Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed the puck behind the net and then he provided the game winner late in overtime.

The Canadiens were able to grind out a win in Game 3 despite playing without head coach Dominique Ducharme, who was unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19. There is no timetable for his return yet, but protocols could keep him out for at least 10 days. Luke Richardson, Alex Burrows and Sean Burke worked behind the bench for the Canadiens in Friday's win.

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VEGAS 2 MONTREAL 3 (OT) - Canadiens lead series 2-1

The Canadiens won for a second straight time over the Golden Knights to move into the driver’s seat in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. Montreal has a 4-0 record in overtime during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nicolas Roy opened the scoring at 3:16 of the first period with his third goal of the postseason.

Cole Caufield replied for the Canadiens just 38 seconds later after he was sprung for a breakaway by Nick Suzuki. Caufield has two goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.

Alex Pietrangelo gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead only 2:22 into the third period with his fourth goal of the postseason and his third in the past two games.

Josh Anderson tied the game at the 18:05 mark of the third period and supplied the game winner 12:53 into overtime. He was also credited with four shots and five hits in the match.

Max Pacioretty, Tomas Nosek, Paul Byron and Jesperi Kotkaniemi picked up an assist each in Friday's contest.

Nosek, who returned to the lineup for the first time since May 18, moved up to the top line after Alex Tuch started the match there at center.

Byron had a game-high nine hits and Jeff Petry led all skaters with five blocks.

Carey Price stopped 43 shots in the victory, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in the defeat.

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