Golden Knights may turn to Robin Lehner to even series with Canadiens

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Mar 27, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) prior to the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens will try to use home ice to grab a 3-1 stranglehold in their series with the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 4 is at the Bell Center in Montreal, with the face-off set for 8 PM ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Robin Lehner, who has played only one game in the playoffs was in the starter’s net for practice this morning and he may get the nod. Knight’s #1 netminder, Marc-Andre Fleury let in a bad goal to Josh Anderson to tie it in Game 3 and that carried into OT. That’s where Anderson struck again to win the contest.

When asked who would start, Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer would not confirm.

Golden Knights look to rebound

“Those type of events are tough to recover from,” DeBoer said. “We talked between the third and the overtime about trying to get our mojo back. I didn’t think we were poor in overtime, but there’s no doubt that carried into the overtime for us a little on the negative side and for sure gave them some pop going out to overtime.”

The Knights will have to respond and erase that bad game out of their minds tonight. Regardless of who they start, Vegas must solve Carey Price at the other end. The Habs goalie made 43 saves en route to a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series lead in Game 3.

Dominique Ducharme to miss rest of the semifinals

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Jun 7, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme gestures to the fans after the series win over the Winnipeg Jets during the overtime period in game four of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

After testing positive for COVID-19, Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme will miss the remainder of the semifinals as he must quarantine for 14 days. Assistant coach, Luke Richardson steered the team to a win in his first game as the head coach and the team is confident he can do it again.

“So a little different with a new person back there,” Montreal center Eric Staal said Saturday. “But they did a great job, and if it’s going to be Luke for a while yet in that situation, we’re comfortable with that. We’re all in this together and we’ll be prepared again for Game 4.”

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