Golden Knights cruise past Canadiens in game one of NHL semi-finals

Alec Martinez scored the ultimate winner and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 in the opening video game of their NHL semi-final playoff series.

Shea Theodore ended up with an objective and a help, while Mattias Janmark and Nick Holden likewise scored objectives, and Reilly Smith included 2 helps for the Knights in front of a crowd of 17,800 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“The first goal was huge, and at the right time too in the first period for us with how we were playing,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer stated. “Gave us a little bit of an opportunity to take a deep breath and kind of gather ourselves and find our game. Thankfully (Fleury) was our best player, gave us a chance to get our legs, and then I really liked our game in the second and third.”

The Knights won their 5th straight championship game however more significantly they set the early tone in the best-of-seven series in between the NHL’s most storied franchise and the newcomers. Vegas is contending in their 3rd last 4 in simply 4 seasons of presence.

Martinez made it 2-0 at 2:18 of the 2nd duration on a one-timer from the best face-off circle. Theodore fabricated a shot from the slot, bringing Rate out of the crease, prior to passing to the defenceman for his 3rd objective.

Cole Caufield scored for Montreal, who saw their seven-game playoff winning streak snapped. Goaltender Carey Rate, who has actually begun all 11 postseason video games, ended up with 26 conserves.

The Canadiens are seeking their 25th Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Nobody has more.

Fleury was when again among the very best gamers on the ice, the Montreal native tape-recording his 90th profession playoff triumph, moving within 2 of Grant Fuhr for 3rd put on the all-time playoff wins list. Patrick Roy is initially, with 151 wins.

Vegas removed Colorado in 6 video games in the 2nd round of the West Department playoffs.

Montreal, who ended up the routine season 4th in the North Department, roared back from a 3-1 deficit to stun top-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs in the preliminary.

Since of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2 clubs have actually not played because January 18, 2020, when the Canadiens beat the Golden Knights 5-4.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.