A logical conclusion can be drawn from Jay-historic Z’s performance in Game 4: Josh Anderson must have been listening to Jay-Z before Game 4, because he had the grand opening and the grand closing, and now the Canadiens are granting their fans a second act.
On Monday night, Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield moved up to a new line, while Anderson (the elder statesman at 27) had two assists as the bookends of the scoring.
His game-tying goal, which he set up with a rebound on a Caufield shot, came with 1:47 left in regulation and lifted the Canadiens to a 3-2 overtime triumph. The series then headed back to Tampa for Game 5.
To put it bluntly, we didn’t want to bring the game to a close in front of our fans.
We assumed we were headed to Tampa tomorrow. “
It was a group effort from the top to the bottom of the roster.
We prepared to move yesterday afternoon.
I was certain that we were going to win tonight, which would allow us to control our own destiny.
We’ll go there and finish the job, and then return to our fans before they miss us.
“Right now, we’re in a strong situation.”
Unfortunately for the Canadiens, things became problematic late in the game when Captain Shea Weber high-sticked Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat, who was facing away from the play, with 61 seconds left in regulation and the score tied 2-2.
Palat was taken out of the game, and Weber was given a penalty for four minutes.
The Canadiens halted the power play; the Lightning only had four shots, one of which was an opportunity for the goaltender to rob the winger, Brayden Point, from the slot.
Two minutes after Anderson had scored, he did it again.
Webby is our guiding light.
As one of his teammates pointed out, there aren’t many better teammates in the NHL, so clearly his teammates wanted to pitch in, especially for him.
We are aware of our circumstances.
He has proven to be a solid member of our squad.
We anticipate that type of physicality from him every week, and that’s what he brings to the table.
He is difficult to contend with. “
He’s especially aggravating in these long-running series, so we’re glad to have him on our side.
Montreal bench boss Dominique Ducharme inserted Alexander Romanov and Brett Kulak on defence, while he put Jake Evans and Brett Kulak on the other two lines.
Erik Gustafsson, Jon Merrill, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi all sat out the game.
In the third period, Romanov got the tying goal for the Canadiens, giving his team a 2-1 lead.
To win the Stanley Cup, you have to work hard and deserve it. “
If Montreal had laid an egg, I would have been completely upset with them, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
Our squad is proud. Our franchise is proud, and they are doing their best to win a hockey game today.
It’s not as if we can toss our stick on the ice and announce to the world that we are destined to win.
That’s desperation we have to contend with, and if you handle that well, we have a shot.
Before Pat Maroon would finish the scoring for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Barclay Goodrow earned the equaliser with a nice assist from the Laval, Quebec, native, Mathieu Joseph.
It looks like the defending Stanley Cup champions will now return to their home, Amalie Arena, where they’ll seek to wrap up the series before the audience in front of their hometown fans.
“Overall, that was a close game,” said defenseman Victor Hedman.
The musicians were in mortal danger, and they played with everything they had.
It’s clear we’ve found ourselves in a position of advantage.
They’re a capable team.
Their being here has a purpose.
“Get ready for the next game, and recharge our batteries.”
Game 5 is Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
The action didn’t let up as the Montreal Canadiens got the job done in game four of the Stanley Cup Final and moved the series to a deciding game (all times Eastern).
Lightning vs. Canadiens live score, highlights from Game 4
Overtime: Canadiens 3, Lightning 2
11:08 p.m. — GOAL. Anderson flying down the right boards feeds Cole Caufield, who is stopped, but Anderson buries the rebound. Montreal wins 3-2.
11:06 p.m. — Canadiens kill off the penalty, but Lightning are controlling play.
11:05 p.m. — Lightning call timeout with 33 seconds left.
11:05 p.m — At the other end Price stones Point from the slot.
11:04 p.m. — Canadiens shorthanded and Phillip Danault feeds a breaking in Nick Suzuki who gets absolutely robbed by Vasilevskiy.
11:01 p.m. — Overtime starts. What will happen?
Third period: Lightning 2, Canadiens 2
10:45 p.m. — Period ends. The Canadiens captain still has 2:59 remaining on his penalty when overtime begins.
10:42 p.m. — Shea Weber gets the stick up on Ondrej Palat off the faceoff and he is cut. They are confirming the call and with 61 seconds left in regulation, the Lightning will have a four-minute power play.
10:40 p.m. — Kucherov off the post.
10:33 p.m. — GOAL. Mathieu Joseph feeds Pat Maroon for the redirect. Game tied 2-2.
10:33 p.m. — Remember those six players? They’re still in the box. Update: They’re out now. See above.
10:32 p.m. — Nick Suzuki is flying in this one. Picks off the pass and the Canadiens get some pressure.
10:30 p.m. — Nick Suzuki spin-o-rama is stopped by Vasilevskiy.
10:27 p.m. — GOAL. Alexander Romanov with the point shot that gets past a screened Vasilevskiy. Montreal leads 2-1.
10:24 p.m — Packed house in the penalty boxes as each team has three guys hanging out. Petry, Chiarot and Anderson for the Canadiens. The line of Goodrow, Coleman and Gourde for the Lightning.
10:22 p.m. — More pushing and shoving at the whistle and more with Blake Coleman involved.
10:16 p.m. — Price stops Kucherov on the doorstep.
10:14 p.m. — Good news for the Lightning:
10:11 p.m. — Third period begins. When the period ends will the Lightning be celebrating? Or will things shift to Tampa Bay? Or will extra time be needed? Stay tuned.
Second period: Lightning 1, Canadiens 1
9:52 p.m. — Period comes to an end and there are more pleasantries, er, punches actually, exchanged.
9:47 p.m. — GOAL. Ryan McDonagh blocks the clearing attempt and steps into the zone. He gets the puck and a behind-the-back pass sets up Barclay Goodrow for the goal. Game tied 1-1.
9:46 p.m. — Montreal kills the power play.
9:45 p.m. — Hedman shot hits Point and he is in pain.
9:44 p.m. — Hedman shot goes off the blocker of Price, the post and out. Hedman and his teammates thought they scored.
9:41 p.m. — Joel Armia trips up Mathieu Joseph as he goes around the net. Lightning back to the power play. Entering the game, Tampa Bay’s power play was 28.6 percent effective (5-for-14). Montreal cannot keep giving them chances to tie things up.
9:34 p.m. — Penalty ends and Tampa Bay is now 0 for 2. Weber, by the way, was a wrecking ball on that kill.
9:32 p.m. — Lightning get another power play as Corey Perry hooks Tyler Johnson. Bolts good on the first one but didn’t score.
9:31 p.m. — Canadiens getting lots o’ chances in this period. Playing much better.
9:28 p.m. — Point out of the box and the puck comes to him. He gets crunched by Shea Weber. Maybe a little high? But nothing called.
9:27 p.m. — Anderson getting some good looks but just missing.
9:25 p.m. — Point called for high-sticking. Canadiens power play (1 for 6 in the series).
9:22 p.m. — Isn’t the saying: a period at a time, keeps Cup dreams alive?
9:17 p.m. — Jeff Petry with a good point shot that handcuffs Vasilevskiy, but he covers the puck. Canadiens have now had seven of the last 10 shots.
9:16 p.m. — Period starts with 4-on-4 action. Fun fact: Maroon and Edmundson were teammates on the 2019 Stanley Cup champion Blues.
9:11 p.m. — Pat Maroon and Joel Edmundson get unsportsmanlike minors at the end of the first period.