MONTREAL (AP) — Josh Anderson scored his second goal of the night at 12:53 of overtime, Carey Price made 43 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Friday night to a take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinal series.
Anderson scored after he knocked down an aerial pass at the offensive blue line. The puck fell to Paul Byron, who passed back to Anderson for his third goal of the playoffs, sending the Bell Centre into a chaotic celebration.
Cole Caufield also scored to help Montreal win without interim head coach Dominique Ducharme. He tested positive for COVID-19 before the game.
Luke Richardson took over behind and directed the Canadiens to their fourth overtime victory in these playoffs.
Nicolas Roy and Alex Pietrangelo scored for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Montreal.
After the Golden Knights killed off a penalty to start the third, Pietrangelo fired his fourth goal of the playoffs — and third in the last two games — under Price’s blocker from the high slot on an odd-man rush at 2:22.
The Montreal goaltender kept his team within striking distance a few minutes later, robbing Alex Tuch with a terrific pad stop on a 2-on-1 with former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty before Corey Perry came close at the other end.
Fleury then made another stop on Tyler Toffoli with five minutes left, but misplayed the puck behind his net and gifted Anderson the tying goal with 1:55 remaining.
PREGAME: Knights forward Chandler Stephenson out, Tomas Nosek is back in the lineup. Marc-Andre Fleury in net for the Knights against Carey Price for Montreal.
FIRST PERIOD: Scoreless first period. Shots on goal, Knights 17, Canadiens 3.
SECOND PERIOD: Knights goal Nicolas Roy (3) (Wrist shot), KNIGHTS 1, CANADIENS 0
Canadiens goal Cole Caufield (2) (Wrist shot), Assist: Nick Suzuki (5). KNIGHTS 1, CANADIENS 1
THIRD PERIOD: Knights goal Alex Pietrangelo (Wrist shot), Assists: Max Pacioretty and Tomas Nosek. KNIGHTS 2, CANADIENS 1.
Canadiens goal Josh Anderson (Backhand shot). KNIGHTS 2, CANADIENS 2, going to OT.
OVERTIME: Canadiens goal Josh Anderson (Tip-in shot), Assists: Paul Byron and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. CANADIENS 3, NIGHTS 2, OVERTIME.
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Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2, second in the West Division during the regular season) vs. Montreal Canadiens (24-21-11, fourth in the North Division during the regular season)
Center Bell Arena, Montreal; Friday, 5 p.m. PDT
LINE: Canadiens +142, Golden Knights -168; over/under is 5.5
NHL PLAYOFFS THIRD ROUND: Series tied 1-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Montreal Canadiens host the Vegas Golden Knights in game three of the third round of the NHL Playoffs with the series tied 1-1. The teams meet Friday for the third time this season. The Canadiens won the last meeting 3-2.
The Canadiens are 13-11-4 at home. Montreal is 24th in the league with 31.2 shots per game and is averaging 2.8 goals.
The Golden Knights have gone 19-9-0 away from home. Vegas ranks fourth in the NHL averaging 5.8 assists per game, led by Mark Stone with 0.7.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tyler Toffoli leads the Canadiens with 44 points, scoring 28 goals and registering 16 assists. Joel Armia has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games for Montreal.
Shea Theodore leads the Golden Knights with a plus-28 in 53 games this season. Jonathan Marchessault has five goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Canadiens: Averaging 2.5 goals, 4.1 assists, 3.2 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .925 save percentage.
Golden Knights: Averaging 3.1 goals, 5.3 assists, 2.8 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .910 save percentage.
INJURIES: Canadiens: Jake Evans: out (concussion).
Golden Knights: Peyton Krebs: out (upper body), Chandler Stephenson: day to day (undisclosed).