Series tied 1-1
Game 1 — Knights 4, Canadiens 1
Game 2 — Canadiens 3, Knights 2
Game 3 — 5 p.m. Friday, Bell Centre, USA
Game 4 — 5 p.m. Sunday, Bell Centre, NBCSN
Game 5 — 6 p.m. June 22, T-Mobile Arena, NBCSN
Game 6 — 5 p.m. June 24, Bell Centre, USA*
Game 7 — 5 p.m. June 26, T-Mobile Arena, NBCSN*
RJ’s three stars
3. Montreal defenseman Joel Edmundson — He had two assists and played well with partner Jeff Petry. The Canadiens had a 27-21 edge in shot attempts with him on the ice at five-on-five.
2. Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo — He continued his stellar postseason with the first two-goal game of his playoff career. He also made two excellent passes that could have easily resulted in goals.
1. Montreal goaltender Carey Price — The 2015 Hart Trophy winner was in rare form. He stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced, including an incredible save on defenseman Alec Martinez in the second period.
Left wing Paul Byron’s second-period goal.
The Canadiens were dominant in the first period and took a 2-0 lead. The Knights came out strong in the second and came close to cutting into their deficit several times.
The score didn’t change until Montreal center Jesperi Kotkaniemi deflected the puck out of his own zone, and right wing Josh Anderson prevented Knights defenseman Nick Holden from getting to it first. That allowed Byron to skate in alone on a breakaway, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury missed on a poke check that left plenty of the net open.
The 3-0 hole proved too much for the Knights to overcome.
Three — The number of goals Montreal scored.
The Canadiens have won 21 straight playoff games when scoring at least three goals. Price is 16-0 in his postseason career when Montreal scores three or more, according to ESPN.
“A little disappointed obviously with our first 10 minutes. I think we should have been better. We had no excuse tonight. Unfortunately, you get to the final four, you spot a team two goals (in the first period), you’re playing with fire.” — Knights coach Pete DeBoer.
“He does this every year. We just have to find a way to slow him down. He’s got a good wrist shot, and he finds lanes.” — Edmundson, on former St. Louis Blues teammate Pietrangelo.