No Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.
The 2021 version of the team has a shot at ending that drought after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in overtime in Game 6 in Montreal on Thursday night. The Canadiens are the first Canadian team to reach the Stanley Cup Final since the 2011 Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins.
Artturi Lehkonen scored the winning goal for Montreal a little over a minute and half into overtime.
Shea Weber opened the scoring for Montreal in the first period, but Vegas quickly answered with a goal by Reilly Smith. Cole Caufield put the Canadiens ahead in the second period, but early in the third period Alec Martinez knotted the game at 2-2. Neither team could net a goal during the remaining time in regulation, forcing overtime.
Montreal clinched the league's final playoff spot with 59 points. After trailing 3-1 in the first round, the Canadiens have won 11 of their last 13 games to upset the Toronto Maple Leafs (77 points) and Winnipeg Jets (63) in the North Division and then the Golden Knights (82) in the Stanley Cup semifinals.
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