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The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 3-2 in overtime at Bell Centre on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Semifinal series without head coach Dominique Ducharme, who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Game 3 and will miss at least 10 days.
After center Nic Roy gave the Golden Knights the lead 3:16 into the second period, Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury bar down on a breakaway to the glove-side after center Nick Suzuki sprained him in all alone to tie it 38 seconds later.
Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo gave Vegas the lead 2:22 into the third with his third goal in two games before Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson burned Fleury, pouncing on a loose puck at the side of the net after Fleury got out of his net and put it into a wide-open cage on the backhand with 1:55 left in regulation.
Anderson won it for the Canadiens 12:53 into overtime, tapping in left wing Paul Byron’s cross-crease feed into a wide-open net at the doorstep after center Jesperi Kotkaniemi sent them in from the Canadiens’ blueline.
Carey Price made 43 saves for the Canadiens in Game 3.
Game 4 at Bell Centre will be on Sunday night (8 PM ET, NBCSN).
By Harrison Brown