Tyler Toffoli scored at 1:39 of extra time because the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday to finish a shocking four-game sweep of their second-round playoff collection.
Toffoli took a cross-crease cross from rookie Cole Caufield and buried his fourth of the post-season on Connor Hellebuyck with a one-timer for the winner.
Erik Gustafsson and Artturi Lehkonen had the objectives in regulation for Montreal, which has received seven straight post-season video games after getting back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Toronto Maple Leafs within the opening spherical. Toffoli, who scored 28 occasions within the common season, additionally had an help.
Carey Worth made 14 saves for the North Division’s underdog No. 4 seed in entrance of one other boisterous crowd of two,500 followers on the Bell Centre.
The sixteenth and last group to qualify for the playoffs after successful simply one in every of their last 9 regular-season video games in regulation, the Canadiens are the primary membership to make the semifinals of the Stanley Cup event in 2021.
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Montreal now awaits the winner between the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights, who’re tied 2-2 with Recreation 5 set for Tuesday in Denver.
Winnipeg — which registered a sweep of its personal within the first spherical towards Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers, however was minus No. 1 centre Mark Scheifele after he was suspended 4 video games for charging on Montreal ahead Jake Evans within the collection opener — acquired two objectives from rookie defenceman Logan Stanley.
Hellebuyck stopped 39 photographs.
The Canadiens had been with out top-4 defenceman Jeff Petry (upper-body damage) after he appeared to jam his proper hand caught in one of many digital camera holes alongside the glass in Recreation 3. The veteran blue-liner’s absence paved the way in which for rookie Alexander Romanov to make his NHL playoff debut on Montreal’s third pair.
Montreal’s seven-game playoff successful streak is the franchise’s longest since Patrick Roy backstopped the Canadiens to 11 consecutive victories on the way in which to capturing Canada’s final Cup in 1993.
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The Jets, in the meantime, at the moment are 1-6 when dealing with elimination since returning to the Manitoba capital in 2011.
Winnipeg, which owned a file of 6-3-0 and averaged higher than three objectives a sport towards the Montreal within the common season, discovered the again of the online simply thrice on Worth after a 5-3 loss in Recreation 1.
Montreal opened the scoring on the facility play at 8:01 of the primary interval on Gustafsson’s first-career playoff objective, and first with Montreal since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers previous to the commerce deadline.
After Jets ahead Nate Thompson inexcusably didn’t get the puck out of his personal zone, the Canadiens labored it again to Gustafsson, who pump-faked a one-timer earlier than altering the angle and firing by a display screen on Hellebuyck.
Montreal then made it 2-0 with 51 seconds left within the interval when Lehkonen received a battle for positioning in entrance — one thing Winnipeg was unable to do at both finish of the ice all through the collection — and tipped Brett Kulak’s level shot for his second objective in as many video games.
With their season on the road, the Jets acquired life from an unlikely supply within the second interval. Stanley, a bruising six-foot-seven rookie defenceman, took a cross and moved right down to the left circle earlier than wiring a shot upstairs on Worth’s shortside simply 1:40 into the second.
The 23-year-old was at it once more — Stanley had one NHL objective earlier than Monday — at 5:29 moments after Hellebuyck made a pleasant save on Brendan Gallagher when he took a cross from Kyle Connor after coming off the bench and beat Worth upstairs on one-timer from nicely out the netminder ought to have needed to tie it 2-2.
Hellebuyck made various stops within the third as Montreal held a 13-1 photographs edge on Winnipeg at one level earlier than Worth denied Paul Stastny on the doorstep on the different finish.