Canadiens’ Josh Anderson delivers game-winner in thrilling OT victory over Lightning

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The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night thanks to Josh Anderson’s game-winner.

Montreal struggled to find their footing early in the first period, managing only one shot on goal in the first eight minutes Anderson quickly changed the pace of the game after burying the puck in the back of the net off a pass from Nick Suzuki 15:39 in. 

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Anderson’s first goal marked the first time Montreal has scored first in the series. 

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Goaltender Carey Price shined in the first period stopping 11 goals, improving on his performance in Game 3 where he allowed five goals in 29 shots.  

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The second period started with a 4-on-4 after Patrick Maroon and Joel Edmundson were both assessed unsportsmanlike conduct minors after getting into it at the end of the first. 

The Canadiens kept their momentum going to start the second period, keeping pressure in Tampa’s zone. The Habs had several chances on the powerplay and did an even better job of killing off Tampa’s powerplay halfway through the period. 

The Canadiens did a good job of limiting the Lightning’s chances in the zone but star defenseman Ryan McDonagh quickly changed that with a textbook no-look pass to Barclay Goodrow in the slot to even the score 1-1 before the third period. 

Things were heating up in the third period with both teams feeling the pressure. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy saw the most action of the game in the third but was beat by defenseman Alexander Romanov who nailed one in from the point to keep the Habs alive with just a little over eight mins in. 

It was looking grim for Tampa Bay but a costly turnover in the neutral zone allowed Mathieu Joseph to set up Maroon who beat a stretched-out Price, tying it up 2-2 with just six minutes left in regulation. 

Shea Weber had another costly mistake for the Canadiens after getting assessed a double-minor for high-sticking right off the faceoff with just 61 seconds left in regulation.

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Montreal would start overtime a man down for just under three minutes but the Habs successfully killed off another power play and would force Game 5 just minuted later after Anderson scored his second goal of the night.