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Canadiens defeat Jets to take commanding collection lead

Joel Armia had two objectives and an help, Carey Worth made 26 saves and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead of their second-round playoff collection.

Montreal Canadiens winger Corey Perry, centre, celebrates his objective with teammates Jeff Petry, left, and Eric Staal throughout first interval of Sunday’s Recreation 3 win in opposition to the Winnipeg Jets. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Joel Armia, Corey Perry and Eric Staal are listed on the Canadiens’ locker-room whiteboard because the fourth line.

The trio is not enjoying something prefer it this post-season — and are an enormous purpose why Montreal considerably improbably sits one win from the third spherical.

Armia had two objectives as a part of a three-point evening, Perry opened the scoring on the finish of a grinding shift, and the Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead of their playoff collection.

“They’re positively not a fourth line,” Montreal winger Brendan Gallagher stated. “They’re enjoying big-boy hockey. They have been in a position to put collectively such lengthy cycle shifts.

WATCH | Joel Armia’s 3-point evening helps Habs blowout Jets in Recreation 3:

Joel Armia posted two objectives and an help and Montreal beat Winnipeg 5-1 in Recreation 3 on Sunday. 1:17

“They know what they’re as a line and so they simply play to their strengths. Playoff hockey has actually introduced the very best out of the three of them.”

Artturi Lehkonen and Nick Suzuki additionally scored for the Canadiens, whereas Carey Worth made 26 saves in one other strong outing.

After storming again from a 3-1 deficit to stun the closely favoured Toronto Maple Leafs within the opening spherical, the North Division’s fourth seed can seal this best-of-seven matchup Monday again on the Bell Centre.

“We all know the sensation of getting your again in opposition to the wall,” stated Suzuki, whose crew has gained six straight post-season contests and hasn’t trailed since Recreation 4 in opposition to Toronto. “We all know they are going to be popping out with quite a lot of depth.”

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Worth made 26 saves in opposition to the Jets on Sunday. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports activities)

Adam Lowry replied for the Jets, who acquired 28 stops from Connor Hellebuyck. Having swept Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers within the first spherical, Winnipeg will merely be trying to pressure a Recreation 5 on Wednesday at Bell MTS Place.

“You have to maintain believing,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler stated. “There’s some issues in our sport that we actually like, some issues we will clear up actually, and hopefully we get a bounce to go our means.

“Hopefully one goes off of considered one of their sticks and ricochets into the online and we’ll take a lead and see the way it appears to be like from there.”

Montreal welcomed one other 2,500 towel-waving followers on a steamy spring night after internet hosting the primary NHL crowd in Canada through the COVID-19 pandemic for Recreation 6 in opposition to Toronto.

“It is solely 2,500,” Gallagher stated. “However they seem to be a loud 2,500. They offer us quite a lot of power.”

Canadiens gamers salute the followers in attendance after the crew’s 5-1 victory. (Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports activities)

With No. 1 centre Mark Scheifele serving a four-game suspension for charging on Jake Evans within the opener, the Jets acquired Paul Stastny again after he missed the primary two contests with an undisclosed harm.

Montreal, in the meantime, misplaced defenceman Jeff Petry to an upper-body harm after showing to get his proper hand caught in one of many digicam holes alongside the glass, however interim head coach Dominique Ducharme did not have an replace post-game.

The Canadiens opened the scoring at 4:45 of the primary interval when Perry, Armia and Staal went to work. Caught in the course of a change, the Jets have been hemmed into their very own finish for 30 seconds earlier than Perry’s shot went off Winnipeg defenceman Jordie Benn’s stick and previous Hellebuyck for the veteran winger’s third of the post-season.

“They create a bodily dimension,” Ducharme stated of his so-called fourth line. “Their offensive presence make them laborious to play in opposition to.”

Nick Suzuki, left, and Corey Perry rejoice the Habs’ victory. (Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports activities)

A Stanley Cup champion and Hart Trophy recipient, the 36-year-old Perry signed with Montreal for the league minimal proper earlier than coaching camp.

“He is been superb,” Suzuki stated. “He is at all times been a winner and we will feed off that, be taught from him.”

And Staal, additionally 36 and a Cup champ, now has eight factors in 10 playoff outings after placing up simply three in 21 contests following the commerce that introduced him over from the Buffalo Sabres.

“They’ve performed quite a lot of video games,” Armia, 28, stated of his linemates. “I simply should pay attention and be taught.”

Worth, who blanked the Jets 1-0 in Recreation 2 for his eighth profession playoff shutout, continued to maintain issues in verify on the different finish as soon as the guests began to get going halfway by means of the interval with good saves on Andrew Copp and Wheeler.

“He is unbelievable,” Armia stated of his goaltender. “It is only a totally different sort of confidence you get within the video games when that you could belief the man within the web.”

Winnipeg got here near getting even a few instances later within the interval, however Worth was twice bailed out by his crossbar on pictures from Nikolaj Ehlers and Wheeler.

Montreal ahead Joel Armia, left, scores on Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck through the second interval. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Photographs)

The house facet pushed again and acquired a greasy objective at 9:24 to make it 2-0 when Lehkonen banged dwelling his first on a scramble.

The Jets went to the ability play, however Armia intercepted Stastny’s move and broke the opposite means on a 2 on 1 earlier than toe-dragging a shot that deflected off a sliding Josh Morrissey for his third — and Montreal’s third short-handed objective of the playoffs — at 13:41 inside an electrical Bell Centre that seemed like much more than 2,500 folks.

Lowry broke Worth’s shutout streak at 99 minutes 33 seconds with 2:09 left within the interval when he took a move from Mathieu Perreault for his second.

Jets face steep hill 

However the Canadiens iced it on an influence play at 8:52 of the third when Cole Caufield discovered Suzuki to bury his fourth.

Armia added his second of the night into an empty web with Montreal additionally killing a penalty with 3:18 left because the acquainted chants of “Ole! Ole! Ole!” echoed across the Bell Centre.

Solely 4 groups have battled again from a 3-0 deficit to win a collection in NHL historical past, with the final coming in 2014 when the Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks within the first spherical. Jets centre Trevor Lewis and Canadiens winger Tyler Toffoli have been each on that Kings crew that might go on to win the franchise’s second Cup.

Wheeler, in the meantime, was a member of the Boston Bruins after they blew a 3-0 lead in 2010.

“I have been on this league lengthy sufficient, performed in sufficient playoff collection, to know the toughest sport to win is the final one,” Gallagher stated. “They are not going to go down with out a battle.

“We all know how tough that is going to be.”

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