Ryan McDonagh’s no-look pass set up Barclay Goodrow, and the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning evened the score at 1 against the Montreal Canadiens after two periods of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final
MONTREAL — Ryan McDonagh’s no-look pass set up Barclay Goodrow, and the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning evened the score at 1 against the Montreal Canadiens after two periods of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.
The Lightning lead the series 3-0. They are attempting to become the NHL’s second team to win consecutive championships in the salary-cap era, which began in 2005. The Pittsburgh Penguins accomplished the feat with titles in 2016 and 2017.
Montreal grabbed its first lead of the series when Josh Anderson opened the scoring with 4:21 left in the first period.
If necessary, Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Goodrow scored after the Lightning failed to convert their second power-play opportunity of the second.
Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry turned over the puck with a weak clearing attempt from deep in his own zone. Cary Price kicked out his left pad to stop Blake Coleman’s shot from the right point. The rebound dribbled directly to McDonagh, who had a step on Petry, and backhanded a pass into the slot, where Goodrow scored with Price out of position.
Price stopped 19 shots through two. He was particularly sharp in the first when the Canadiens were outshot 12-5.
Montreal’s Nick Suzuki set up the first goal when drove deep up the left wing and worked his way around defenseman David Savard, who went down in an attempt to block a pass. Suzuki then fed Anderson, who joined the line after interim coach Dominique Ducharme shuffled his roster.
The 33-year-old Price got a glove up to stop Nikita Kucherov’s snapshot from the right circle in the opening minute. Some 30 seconds later, Price held his ground at the right post to stop two shots from Blake Coleman.
Before the game, the Canadiens paid tribute to Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, who died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described Monday as a tragic accident on the Fourth of July in Novi, Michigan.
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