The Vegas Golden Knights tried another goaltender on Sunday night, and this time it paid off.
Robin Lehner, who was shelled 7-1 by a rested Colorado Avalanche team the last time he was in net on May 31, was brilliant in Game 4 as Vegas defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in overtime in Montreal.
The Golden Knights tied the best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal series at two games each. Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Lehner, who started in place of Marc-Andre Fleury, made 27 saves, allowing only a second-period goal by Paul Byron. He was best in the third period when he stopped a breakaway by Canadiens rookie Cole Caufield.
Beautiful five-hole move by Cole Caufield, but Lehner didn’t bite pic.twitter.com/0IPVHF4icz
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The Golden Knights finally beat Canadiens goalie Carey Price shortly after on a Brayden McNabb goal to tie the game 1-1.
Overtime didn't last long as Nicolas Roy beat Price on a rebound at 1:18. He has scored in back-to-back games.
Starts with Roy hunting down Chiarot along the boards. Martinez plays it out, Pacioretty with the pressure on the wrap-around, and the patience from the Quebec native. Biggest goal of his life.#VegasBornpic.twitter.com/q89QfhsojX
Lehner had made most of the starts in the 2020 playoffs, which Vegas lost in the third round, but Fleury dominated in the 2021 regular season when Lehner suffered a concussion.
Fleury was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender and the two goalies shared the William Jennings Trophy for lowest team goals-against average.
Fleury had started 15 of the Golden Knights' 17 playoff games, and even though he had a gaffe in Game 3, he also has been strong in net.
Coach Peter DeBoer now has a decision to make for Game 5.
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