Canadiens avoid sweep force Game 5, beat Lightning 3-2 in OT

NHL

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 05: Alexander Romanov #27 of the Montreal Canadiens is congratulated by his teammates at the bench after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game Four of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bell Centre on July 05, 2021 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

MONTREAL (AP) — Josh Anderson jumped back into the play, and the Montreal Canadiens killed Tampa Bay’s chance for a Stanley Cup sweep.

Anderson scored his second goal 3:57 into overtime, and the Canadiens avoided elimination by defeating the defending champion Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 on Monday night.

Carey Price stopped 32 shots for Montreal, and rookie defenseman Alexander Romanov also scored.

The series shifts to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Interim coach Dominique Ducharme’s lineup changes paid off as Romanov stepped up in just his third career playoff game. Anderson was shifted to a new line, playing alongside Nick Suzuki and rookie Cole Caufield in Ducharme’s bid to add more speed.

Pat Maroon and Barclay Goodrow scored for the Lightning, who are attempting to become the NHL’s second team to win consecutive championships in the salary-cap era, which began in 2005. The Pittsburgh Penguins accomplished the feat with titles in 2016 and 2017.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending on NBC4i.com

Today's Central OH Forecast

Get severe weather email alerts

Don't Miss

Local News

As he goes for gold, OSU Yoder's gamer mentality a secret weapon

Woman, 99, in hospice care goes for one more spin around the dance floor

With OD deaths rising, central Ohio drug dropoff event hopes to stop addiction before it starts

Goodson family holds rally, call for immediate indictment against FCSO deputy in fatal shooting

Community baby shower held to address racial disparities in infant mortality

Matt Barnes’ Olympics 2020 blog: After COVID-19 quarantine, finally getting out to explore Tokyo

More Local News