Brandon’s Joel Edmundson and the Montreal Canadiens are one win away from moving on to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. After squandering a 2-1 series lead over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday by way of a 2-1 overtime loss, Montreal pulled back ahead on Tuesday evening in Nevada.
Featuring a lineup boasting five players of Manitoba descent, the Golden Knights just couldn’t find their offence once again, ultimately falling to the Canadiens 4-1 on Tuesday, on home ice, nonetheless.
Nick Suzuki had a goal and two assists, while Tyler Toffoli earned two helpers as the visitors took Game 5, quieting a normally boisterous crowd seated at full capacity in Vegas.
After taking care of the all-Canadian North Division champion Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games, the Habs then swept the Winnipeg Jets by way of another strong defensive performance that held the Jets’ top scorers off the game sheets. Once again, Montreal’s defence came to play in Game 5 of its series with Vegas.
Prior to allowing just a single goal to Max Pacioretty, the Habs had previously shut down the Knights’ top-seven goal scorers from the 2020-21 regular season in Pacioretty, Mark Stone, Alex Tuch, Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, William Karlsson and Chandler Stephenson.
They don’t say ‘defence wins championships’ for nothing.
But once again, it was Carey Price who got things going for the Habs on Tuesday, and held his own throughout the contest, despite a smaller workload. The veteran goaltender turned aside 26 of Vegas’ 27 shots on net, earning yet another victory for the Canadiens in this postseason.
Representing Manitoba on Vegas is Mark Stone (Winnipeg), Ryan Reaves (Winnipeg), Keegan Kolesar (Winnipeg), Zach Whitecloud (Sioux Valley Dakota Nation) and Cody Glass (Winnipeg). Needing to find two more victories in the series, Kelly McCimmon’s Golden Knights will need a road victory in Quebec on Thursday to keep the dream alive and send the series back to T-Mobile Arena in Vegas for a potential Game 7.
On Montreal is three players of relevance to Manitobans. Joel Edmundson of Brandon is the only player born and raised within the province. However, forward Joel Armia and defenceman Ben Chiarot are both familiar names to Winnipeggers, as they each spent time with the Jets over the past number of seasons.
Edmundson, 27, who doesn’t normally contribute much on the offensive side of things, signed a four-year, $14 million contract with Montreal this past offseason, and has certainly helped lead the shutdown defensive charge that the Habs’ back-end has displayed so vividly thus far in the postseason.