Ramblings: Price Steals, Anderson Ties and Wins; Jeannot, Kuokkanen (June 19)

Ian Gooding

2021-06-19

Josh Anderson sure picked the right time to break his slump. Anderson scored a gift goal with 1:55 in regulation to tie the game after Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed the puck. Then he scored the game-winner in the first overtime to give the Canadiens a seemingly improbable 3-2 win and a 2-1 lead in their series with Vegas. Here are both of Anderson's goals.

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Anderson wasn't just dealing with a mini-slump. This was 12 games without a point and one goal in his last 24 games entering Game 3.

The result of this game was hockey logic at its finest. Over half of the first period had passed before the Canadiens were credited with their first shot on goal. After two periods, the Golden Knights had a 30-8 edge in shots and a 51-21 edge in shot attempts. So the star of this game by a mile was Carey Price, who kept the Habs in it by stopping 43 of 45 shots he faced. Conversely, Fleury only had to face 27 shots. Let's just call it for what it is: Price stole a game that the Habs had no business winning otherwise.

Having said that, one could also argue that the Habs were redeemed after an obvious missed high stick on Corey Perry just moments before the OT winner. But you should know by now that the referees place their whistles in their pockets during overtime. Perry had quite a nasty gash on his face after this.

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