The Montreal Canadiens complete the sweep against the Winnipeg Jets. Cole Caulfield comes up big in overtime with an assist for Tyler Toffoli’s series winner. They are the first team to advance to the final four. This is the first time a Canadian team has advanced to the semi-finals since 2017. The Habs will play the winner of the Vegas and Colorado series.
Montreal outshot Winnipeg 42-16. Winnipeg would receive a consolation prize of two goals. The Jets’ offense stalled at the start of the series but gained some ground in the final two games. Unfortunately for them that would not be enough.
Similar to the last elimination game the Canadiens played, they opened the game with 2 goals. Erik Gustafson would put the team on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal. Artturi Lehkonen had a beautiful deflection from behind to put his team up by the end of the first period.
Logan Stanely scored both of Winnipeg’s goals in the second period. The Jets should get him a nice bottle of wine since it was his kind effort that sent them to overtime.
While the Jets are no strangers to playoff overtime, you have to wonder about momentum. A goalless third period and the brink of elimination. It’s all on the line. Can they capitalize? No. You know that because you either watched the game or you read the headline here. No one is burying a lead about playoff hockey.
Something about the Canadiens taking Toronto to 7 games and turning around to sweep the Jets makes you wonder. Are they really some juggernauts? We saw how 9 days off impacted the Jets and now we will see what happens to the Canadiens as they wait for their next opponent.
As we wait for the cards to fall into place, we can look forward to another exciting goaltending matchup. Carey Price will be matched up against either the legendary Marc-Andre Fleury ( 87-67-0, .912SV% ) or Jordan Binnington’s worst nightmare, Phillipp Grubauer. ( 19-8-1, .917SV%) As for injuries, Jeff Petry was out tonight for Montreal. A bit of a break in between the series could be beneficial for the blueliner who is dealing with an upper-body injury. It appears that his hand could be the issue after getting his hand stuck in a camera hole during game three. Jake Evans remains out indefinitely. Mark Schiefele will serve the remaining one game of his suspension at the start of next season.
The Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche are currently tied at 2. Watch game 5 on Tuesday to see takes the series lead.