The Montreal Canadiens are one win away from advancing to the semi-finals. They beat the Jets 5-1. You know the drill. Offense, solid goaltending from Price, and of course trips to the penalty box for both teams. How was tonight different for the Canadiens?
Corey Perry opened up the scoring tonight. Yes, you’re reading that right. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you and I promise this isn’t 2007. The forward continues to find success on Montreal’s fourth line. Artturi Llehkonen earned his first of the postseason followed by another goal from Joel Armia. Armia’s last multi point game came on May 27 against the Leafs. The Jets couldn’t get a hold of themselves or get one past Carey Price. That was until Adam Lowry snapped the drought. Winnipeg hadn’t scored a goal since Game one.
Cole Caufield had a beauty of a pass that Nick Suzuki buried to give the Canadiens a 4-1 over the Jets. There was a shift in the game come the third period. The Jets appeared to be frustrated and tempers began to flare. Paul Stastny took two penalties this evening. He was given a roughing penalty earlier in the game and earned his second trip to the box for high sticking. Pierre – Luc Dubios made his presence known by getting a little too up close and personal with a cross check to Brett Kulak. Andrew Copp punched his ticket to the sin bin with a cross check against Paul Byron. Montreal wouldn’t get away without getting caught though. Josh Anderson earned himself two minutes for slashing Connor Hellbuyck. Winnipeg couldn’t capitalize on the power play and would lose 5-1 after Armia scored an empty netter to close out the night.
We have to take a look at Connor Hellebuyck. Who would have thought that the Canadiens would be the team to break and expose the Vezina winner? The goaltender had an .875 SV% tonight. This would be the second time this series the goaltender dipped below .900%. On the other hand, you have Carey Price putting on a show. Price made 26 saves clocking in at a .963SV%. The major difference this series is that the offense is showing up for Price. It feels as if they are on the same page through sixty minutes might after night.
Jeff Petry left tonight’s game with an upper-body injury. As of now, there is no update on Petry.
There is not a world where any expert predicted this. The Jets swept Edmonton after a battle of overtime hockey while the Habs forced a game seven against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rule number one is to never underestimate your opponent.