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Open Post- Day 29 Of The Stanley Cup Playofffs

An intriguing matchup starts tonight with the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Montreal Canadiens.

We are about to find out if the Canadiens can continue their strong play or will the Golden Knights offensive power be too much?

Pre-game stats and numbers are below.


via the NHL PR department,

Pre-game
* The Canadiens are part of the final four for the third time since 1994 (also 2014 and 2010), while the Golden Knights are part of the final four for the third time in its first four seasons, making them the third franchise in League history to do so (also NYR and STL).  

* Montreal carries an active seven-game win streak into Game 1, the fifth-longest stretch in franchise history (11 GP in 1993, 9 GP in 1978, 8 GP in 1960 & 1944). They also have an active streak of 437:53 without trailing in a game, the second-longest span in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. The 1960 Stanley Cup-champion Canadiens went 488:38 of playing time without trailing en route to their fifth consecutive championship. 
 

* The Golden Knights have reached the Stanley Cup Final once (2018), while the Canadiens have reached the Final an NHL-record 32 times. Montreal’s last appearance in the Final was 1993, when they won their League-high 23rd championship (since 1917-18). Montreal aims to become the first Canadian team to reach the Final since Vancouver in 2011.


* Montreal will be the first Canadian team to play as visitors in a game contested in the United States in 460 days. The last occurrence was when Ottawa visited Los Angeles in what became the last game of the 2019-20 regular season (March 11, 2020).


* Marc-Andre Fleury (8-4; 1.91 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO in 2021) has earned a win in four consecutive appearances dating back to Game 3 of the Second Round. Should he win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals he would extend a personal win streak to five games for the fifth time in his career: 7 GP in 2008, 5 GP in 2018 (2x) and 5 GP in 2009. 

Marc-Andre Fleury, who hails from Sorel, Que., holds an all-time record of 3-4 (2.82 GAA, .892 SV%, 1 SO w/ PIT) against the Canadiens in the postseason. Fleury trails only Mario Gosselin (7-6), Dan Bouchard (5-6), Martin Biron (4-1), Gilles Meloche (4-3) Rejean Lemelin (4-2) and Martin Brodeur (4-1) for the most wins among Quebec-born goaltenders against Montreal in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.


* Canadiens players Tyler Toffoli (2-2—4 in 10 GP), Corey Perry (1-0—1 in 6 GP), Joel Armia (1-0—1 in 4 GP) and Ben Chiarot (0-1—1 in 4 GP) have appeared in at least one playoff game against the Golden Knights.

* Golden Knights players Reilly Smith (3-0—3 in 7 GP), Marc-Andre Fleury (7 GP), Mark Stone (0-4—4 in 6 GP), Nick Holden (0-1—1 in 5 GP) and Jonathan Marchessault (1 GP) have appeared in at least one playoff game against the Canadiens.

Max Pacioretty (4-4—8 in 7 GP) and Tyler Toffoli (4-4—8 in 6 GP) enter Game 1 on a point streak, marking the fourth time in the last 20 years two players on opposing teams enter the final four with a point streak of at least six gamesJoe Thornton (6 GP) and Jonathan Toews (9 GP) in 2010, Bates Battaglia (6 GP) and Gary Roberts (6 GP) in 2002 and Brett Hull (7 GP) and Peter Forsberg (6 GP) in 2000.

Nick Suzuki, who assisted on each of Montreal's two series-clinching goals this postseason, was the Golden Knights’ first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 13). On Sept. 10, 2018, Suzuki was traded with Tomas Tatar to the Canadiens for Max Pacioretty, who played for Montreal in each of his first 10 NHL seasons (2008-09 to 2017-18) – including three as team captain (2015-16 to 2017-18).

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SYF's avatar

Vegas sure knows how to put on a show.

And yes, I mute.

By default, I mute.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 08:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Just like that, MTL has exploited the fact that VGK is average on faceoffs.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 08:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

1-nil VGK with 10P45 left in the first.

First time MTL is trailing since forever, I think?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 08:34 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Would be interesting to hear how loud the crowd really is in Vegas without the artificial white noise their clearly pumping through the PA system…. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/14/21 at 08:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Agree, Dan.  After that fake crowd noise gimmick last year during the pandemic playoffs, I would not be surprised they’re actually using it.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 08:44 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Here’s the Corey Perry we know.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/14/21 at 08:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Here’s the Corey Perry we know.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/14/21 at 09:49 PM ET

It’s a beaut, Boss.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 08:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh, puh-leeeeze, Vegas.  Stop with the contrived tomahawk chop…thing.  It’s so stupid.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 08:53 PM ET

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VGK 1-nil at the first intermission.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 08:55 PM ET

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VGK 2-nil with 17:41 left in the second.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 09:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Habs need the next goal or it could be a long night for them.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/14/21 at 09:19 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

That slashing “penalty” against the Hand is a Gary bettman special penalty…very very cheap…

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/14/21 at 09:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

That slashing “penalty” against the Hand is a Gary bettman special penalty…very very cheap…

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/14/21 at 10:23 PM ET

I wasn’t a fan neither.  I thought it was a sell by Marchessault. 

I like VGK a lot, but that was a sell that would make a snake oil salesman proud.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 09:27 PM ET

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MTL on the board.  2-1 VGK with 7:55 left in the second.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 09:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

3-1 VGK with 7:02 left in the second.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 09:40 PM ET

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3-1 VGK at the second intermission.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 09:51 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Not able to watch the game but following along with the thread here for updates.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/14/21 at 09:58 PM ET

SYF's avatar

bestnhl(dot)com, Tre.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 10:01 PM ET

Paul's avatar

TK, not sure what the reason for not watching, but Peacock, an NBC spin off app, is showing both series.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/14/21 at 10:03 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Appreciate it guys. I’ve got a date night with the family by a beautiful campfire up north, looking at a sky loaded with stars.

But yes, I am still reading KK smile

Posted by TreKronor on 06/14/21 at 10:12 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Let’s trade places TK.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/14/21 at 10:13 PM ET

SYF's avatar

If they can do to Kolesar and Reaves what the Wings did for McCarty - send him to Sweden for puckhandling training - they’re gonna be so bully.  They both have size and physicality, but they need a scoring touch to become power forwards.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 10:18 PM ET

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4-1 VGK with 9:54 left in the third.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 10:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Heh.  Tre, if you look up Poverty Gulch, NV (NV227) in Google Maps, that area is about as isolated as it gets and there’s barely any light pollution.  Those night skies are gonna be amazing.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 10:28 PM ET

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Oh, Vegas.  First, the tomahawk chop and now the wave. 

Cliche fan “experience.”  Gotta come up with something uniquely Vegas.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 10:33 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Sounds like a good game, but nights like tonight are exactly why I wish the Stanley cup would normally be awarded in May.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/14/21 at 10:44 PM ET

SYF's avatar

VGK takes Game One. 

See y’all tomorrow night.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/14/21 at 10:46 PM ET

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