Canadiens Beat Golden Knights 4-1 for Pivotal Game 5 Win in 2021 NHL Playoffs


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The Montreal Canadiens defeated the host Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena.

A pair of even-strength goals from Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Eric Staal and a Cole Caufield power-play tally put Montreal up 3-0 with 10:11 left in the second period.

Max Pacioretty got Vegas on the board at 4:09 of the third period, but Canadiens goaltender Carey Price shined with 26 saves on 27 shots. Canadiens center Nick Suzuki, who also had two assists, added an empty-net goal to close the scoring with 1:06 left in the game.


Montreal took a 3-2 series lead in the best-of-seven matchup.


Notable Performances


Canadiens C Nick Suzuki: 1 G, 2 A, +2, 2 SOG

Canadians RW Tyler Toffoli: 2 A, +2, 4 SOG

Canadiens G Carey Price: 26 SV


Golden Knights LW Max Pacioretty: 1 G, 3 SOG

Golden Knights D Shea Theodore: +1, 2 SOG

Golden Knights RW Reilly Smith: 6 SOG



What’s Next?

Montreal will host Vegas for Game 6 on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens will advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993 with a victory.



This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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