Carey Price shut out the Boston Bruins to force a Game 7, while John Gibson once again stole the show for the Anaheim Ducks.
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David Desharnais spent his season setting up Max Pacioretty for goals. On Monday, he was assisting Carey Price in his Game 6 shutout. Midway through the third period Desharnais was in the right place at the right time to swipe a bouncing puck off the goal line to preserve Price's perfect night. Was it a game-saving play? No, because Montreal was already in complete control at that point and outplayed Boston for most of the game, but that doesn't take away from the play. Not only Desharnais being lucky enough to be in that spot, but also his ability to avoid closing his hand on the puck, which would have resulted in a penalty shot for the Bruins. With all due respect to Tuukka Rask's stick save on Brendan Gallagher in the first period, this was the save of game.
Nathan Beaulieu was a welcome addition for Montreal
If the Canadiens had used Nathan Beaulieu earlier in this season instead of Douglas Murray it's possible that they would have already punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference final. Beaulieu was sensational in his NHL postseason debut, assisting on Max Pacioretty's second-period goal while the Canadiens attempted 58 percent of the even-strength shots with him on the ice. That's how you make an impact as a third-pairing defenseman. Just for perspective, when Murray was on the ice in the series Montreal managed to attempt just 29.6 percent of the shot attempts (via Extra Skater).
Montreal fans know how to celebrate
So your team just beat your long-time rival to force a Game 7 in a playoff series. What is the best way to celebrate? By carrying a bear skin through the streets. When it comes to celebrations, Montreal fans mean business.
The Ducks didn't make it easy on their 20-year-old goaltender, but John Gibson was able to stop enough shots (39 out of 42) to help Anaheim hold on for a 4-3 win to take a 3-2 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings. After taking a 4-1 lead in the second period, the Ducks allowed the Kings to score a pair of goals to make it a one-goal game with just five minutes to play. The Kings continued the pressure until the final horn but could not beat Anaheim's young star in net.
Kings facing elimination ... again
Say this for the Kings: They've been in this position before. After erasing a 3-0 series deficit in the first round against the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings are once again facing elimination when they return home to face the Ducks on Wednesday night. They won four straight games against the Sharks when facing elimination and are going to need another winning streak to make a third consecutive trip to the Western Conference final. If nothing else the Kings seem capable of pulling it off because they've been the streakiest team in the playoffs, losing three straight games, then winning six straight, and then losing three more in a row.