The Montreal Canadiens have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup for the 24th time since entering the NHL in 1917.
The Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Glass Final with a 3-2 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Thursday. Montreal, which also won the Glass in 1916, one year prior to the founding of the NHL, has received it 24 times, the most in the NHL; the Toronto Maple Leafs (13) and Detroit Red Wings (11) are the only other teams to earn the Cup more than six times.
The Canadiens, who last won the Cup in 1993, are 12-5 in the 2021 Stanley Glass Playoffs, including 5-1 in overtime. They eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the first round and the Winnipeg Jets in four online games in the second circular before defeating the Golden Knights.
Artturi Lehkonen scored in overtime to eliminate Vegas and help Montreal advance to the Stanley Cup Last for the first time in 28 years, ending the longest drought in team history. The Canadiens bent but did not break, allowing the tying goal twice in regulation. Lehkonen’s goal was the fifth overtime winner for Montreal this postseason and occurred on St-Jean-Baptiste Day, the primary holiday for the province of Quebec.
The Canadiens didn’t have many believers outside of their locker room after the Maple Leafs took a 3-1 series lead with a 4-0 win in Game 4 at Bell Centre. Montreal was outscored 11-2 in losing three straight. After scoring four goals through the 1st four video games, the Canadiens took a 3-0 lead in Video game 5 only to give it up in the third. With the season on the line, Cole Caufield set up Nick Suzuki’s objective 59 seconds into overtime, which was the first of three directly wins in elimination games and began a seven-game winning streak. Montreal didn’t allow a power-play goal in the game, and has not allowed one since, successfully killing 30 straight opportunities by Toronto, the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas.