The Canadian regained his top quartet on defense and managed to stifle his rivals.
The squad took control with goals from Joel Armia and Tyler Toffoli in the first period and went on to a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup semi-final series. , Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The series is equal 1-1. The third meeting will be presented on Friday, in Montreal.
Jeff Petry was back in the game for the Canadiens after missing two games with what appeared to be a right hand injury.
Petry had been inactive during the warm-up and his name was first struck off the scoresheet by NHL officials. It was finally added at the last moment and Petry ended up playing for over 20 minutes, in addition to collecting an assist.
The American defender had a particularly intimidating look as his eyes were bloodied. According to Sportsnet, Petry was suffering from subconjunctival hemorrhages.
The Habs managed to limit the damage against the Golden Knights’ offense, who won the first game 4-1 on Monday. Carey Price also had it easier than in the first meeting, although he had to close the door at the end of the meeting.
Price made 29 saves. Paul Byron also hit the target and Joel Edmundson had two assists.
In the Golden Knights camp, center Chandler Stephenson was absent and was replaced by Patrick Brown.
Defender Alex Pietrangelo was the only one to move the ropes, with a brace. Marc-André Fleury repelled 20 shots.
The Canadian also counted on the return to the game of defenseman Jon Merrill, who had missed the last seven meetings. Alexander Romanov and Brett Kulak had given way to Petry and Merrill.
With Stephenson out, the Canadiens’ opponent was deprived of one of his first two crosses in a third straight series, after John Tavares against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mark Scheifele against the Winnipeg Jets.
As was the case two nights earlier, the Canadian got off to a good start. But this time, the Habs took the opportunity to register for the score and take control of the meeting.
Fleury made a good save at the expense of Petry. However, he was helpless a few minutes later, at 6:12, when Armia inherited a puck at the mouth of the net.
Toffoli then widened the lead to 2-0 with 3:30 to go in the first period. Even though Toffoli seemed to miss his shot on reception after a short throw-in from Cole Caufield, the disc slipped between Fleury’s legs.
The Golden Knights had some good times early in the second period. However, Max Pacioretty stumbled at the post, then Alec Martinez was frustrated by Price, agile in a lateral displacement.
The Habs managed to curb the momentum of the home team and Byron took the score to 3-0 in favor of the visitors with 2:15 left at the start. Josh Anderson prevented defenseman Nick Holden from intervening at the blue line and Byron recovered the puck behind to stand alone in front of Fleury. Byron was patient and avoided Fleury’s stick, who wanted to harpoon the disc, then backhand scored.
The Golden Knights regained hope, however, when Pietrangelo surprised Price 61 seconds later. The goalkeeper of the Canadian had the veiled view on the sequence.
Wanting to keep the momentum going, the Golden Knights shot themselves in the foot by being unable to challenge Price in a few redundant attacks early in the third period.
Pietrangelo finally returned to the charge with 5:14 to go on the dial. As was the case on the first goal, the defender hit home after a face-off won in the offensive zone.
Price and the Canadian, however, had the last word.