Montreal Canadiens advance to Stanley Cup Final on Artturi Lehkonen’s OT goal

Canadiens advance to Stanley Cup Final on Lehkonen’s OT objective initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Montreal Canadiens’ unlikely mission for a 25th Stanley Cup continues.

After getting in the postseason as the important last seed with 59 points, the Canadiens are headed to the Stanley Cup last after beating the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in overtime in Video game 6 of the semifinals Thursday.

The Canadiens go back to the last for the very first time because 1993, when they caught the last of an NHL-record 24 Stanley Cups. A Canadian group has actually not won the Stanley Cup because. 

After a conserve by Carey Cost at one end, Artturi Lehkonen scored the series-clinching objective off a feed from Phillip Danault simply 1:39 into overtime, sending out the Habs to their 34th look in the last.

Arriving wasn’t a simple for the Canadiens. A season of difficulty consisted of a mid-season training modification from Claude Julien to assistant-turned-interim coach Dominique Ducharme, the post ponement of 4 successive video games in March due to COVID-19 and a five-game losing streak to end the routine season as they clinched a playoff area with the only point acquired throughout an overtime loss in the second-to-last video game.

The obstacles continued in the postseason as they conquered a 3-1 series deficit in the preliminary to beat the top-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs. After sweeping the Winnipeg Jets and splitting the very first 2 video games with the Golden Knights, Ducharme checked favorable for COVID prior to Video game 3 of the semifinals, putting the group in the hands of assistant coach Luke Richardson.

And still, thanks in part to their supremacy on the power play, they sit 4 wins far from raising the Stanley Cup.

Shea Weber opened the scoring in Video game 6 with an unassisted power-play objective to provide the Canadiens a 1-0 lead. The lead lasted simply 48 seconds as Reilly Smith tipped in a shot by Shea Theodore to even the rating at 1-1.

Cole Caufield put the Canadiens back in front after deflecting a pass over the stick of his protector and scoring the consent objective midway through the 2nd duration. Alec Martinez then scored the equalizer for the Knights on a rebound simply over one minute into the 3rd duration to even the rating at 2-2.

The video game went to overtime for the 3rd time in the series, setting the phase for Lehkonen’s winner.

Cost completed with 37 conserves for the Canadiens, who didn’t permit a power play in the series, effectively eliminating 15 charges. They get in the Stanley Cup Final having actually not permitted a power play objective in 13 straight video games.

The Canadiens wait for the winner of Friday’s Video game 7 in between the safeguarding champ Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York City Islanders.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.