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Open Post- Day 33 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Montreal Canadiens sure would like to be up 2-1 in the series with a home win tonight.

The Habs are 1-1 in a game 3 this post-season while the Vegas Golden Knights are 2-0.

Today, Montreal Canadiens Head Coach Dominique Ducharme tested positive for COVID-19, he will not be coaching tonight.  He recently had his 2nd vaccine shot on June 9th.

Enjoy and feel free to comment on the game.

Pre-game reading is below.


via the NHL PR department,

* The Canadiens have been perfect on the penalty kill through their last nine games. If they continue their success tonight, they will join the Red Wings (10 GP in 1937), Rangers (10 GP in 1940) and Devils (10 GP in 2000) as the only teams to contest 10 consecutive playoff games without allowing a power-play goal against (since 1933-34 when goals by type were officially tracked). 
 
Tyler Toffoli has at least one point in each of his last eight contests (5-5—10) and can match the franchise record for longest run in a playoff year, established by Guy Lafleur in 1977 (7-10—17 in 9 GP) and repeated by Larry Robinson in 1978 (2-13—15 in 9 GP). Toffoli, who was signed by Montreal on Oct. 12, 2020, can become one of eight players in NHL history to record a playoff point streak of nine or more games in their first season with a franchise and first since Cory Stillman in 2006 (13 GP w/ CAR) – the longest by any skater in that scenario.  
 
William Karlsson has found the score sheet in each of Vegas’ last six outings (2-6—8) and can tie the longest postseason point streak by a Golden Knights player (7 GP), set by Shea Theodore in 2020 and matched by Max Pacioretty earlier this playoff year. The longest by a player with a franchise in its first four NHL seasons is 12 games, set by Denis Potvin in 1976 (w/ NYI). 
 
Cole Caufield owns an active four-game point streak and has 1-5—6 in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs overall (11 GP). Only nine other Hobey Baker Award winners have recorded as many points in their first NHL postseason – a list includes Golden Knights president of hockey operations George McPhee, who had 3-3—6 during the 1983 Stanley Cup Playoffs (w/ NYR) after claiming the Hobey Baker with Bowling Green State University in 1982 (the second year the award was presented). 
  
* Marc-Andre Fleury enters Game 3 in Montreal with an all-time record of 33-21 following a loss in the postseason. The Sorel, Que., native also holds a 1-2 record (2.36 GAA, .897 SV%, 1 SO) in playoff games taking place in Montreal. 
 
* Marc-Andre Fleury’s next victory will be his 10th of the postseason, which would mark the fourth time in his career that he has recorded 10 or more wins in a single playoff year (16 in 2009 w/ PIT, 14 in 2008 w/ PIT & 13 in 2018 w/ VGK). The only goaltenders with more such postseasons are Patrick Roy (9), Ken Dryden (6), Billy Smith (5) and Martin Brodeur (5).  
 
Carey Price is 9-4 during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2.14 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO). Price can become the fourth different Montreal goaltender to post 10 or more wins in a single playoff year and first since Patrick Roy (16-4) during the franchise’s championship run in 1993. 

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Paul's avatar

0-0 after 20 minutes, VGK leads in shots 16-3.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/21 at 09:05 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Not a fan of Weber, but that penalty call against him was a little weak for everything that’s gone before…

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 09:15 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Boy the little guy caufield sure has a scorers set of hands..

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 09:21 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Vegas scores on a terrible Stall turnover. Habs score 38 seconds later. 1-1.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/21 at 09:21 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Ok, I guess it’s officially Rodeo Rules now….

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 09:39 PM ET

Paul's avatar

1-1 after 40 minutes.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/21 at 09:51 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

How the Habs are still in this I have no idea…

I hate to say this but….I’m almost rooting for them.


Still wouldn’t mind Fluery winning a Cup to give old Pit the bird.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 06/18/21 at 10:09 PM ET

Paul's avatar

2-1 VGK, 2 1/2 minutes played in the 3rd.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/21 at 10:15 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

DOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/18/21 at 10:40 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Fleury mishandling the puck reminds me of him faceplanting as he skates out during the 2008 finals… LOL

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 10:41 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Is Tatar still out with an injury?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/18/21 at 10:44 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Bonus Hockey. Fleury won’t be getting any sleep tonight if they don’t win this in OT

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/18/21 at 10:44 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Is Tatar still out with an injury?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit

He took the pre-game warmups.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/21 at 10:45 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Is Tatar still out with an injury?

Googled a story and he isn’t ready to return yet.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/18/21 at 10:46 PM ET

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Thanks Paul and Poobah.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/18/21 at 10:48 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Bonus hockey = more drinking so….

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/18/21 at 10:54 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Cole Caufield for the OT winner… grrr

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 10:57 PM ET

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I stand corrected…now it’s officially rodeo rules in effect… sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 11:06 PM ET

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Not sure how that play goes undetected..????

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 11:14 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

I missed that call too. It looked like a dive but after seeing the replay that was a penalty. Refs have the whistles put away.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/18/21 at 11:15 PM ET

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Fleury’s gonna need medication to sleep tonight…

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/18/21 at 11:19 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Wow.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/18/21 at 11:19 PM ET

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I don’t think Tatar is hurt, he wasn’t being very useful and got sat down a couple of weeks ago.  Doesn’t look like he’s going to get back in anytime soon barring an injury.

Posted by dwgs on 06/19/21 at 09:00 AM ET

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Pierre on cue.
“Fleury’s puck handling has made a difference, huh Joe?”
*10 seconds later*
Oh lord.
https://t.co/xDhUV9llrs

Posted by Cubanpuckstoppr on 06/19/21 at 10:42 AM ET

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*10 seconds later*
Oh lord.

Posted by Cubanpuckstoppr on 06/19/21 at 10:42 AM ET

You can always count on the “Curse of the Douche Canoe” to liven things up. Still, that was a truly bizarre sequence.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/19/21 at 12:21 PM ET

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