To the annoyance of many Montreal Canadiens fans, their favorite team will once again have to deal with the presence of referees Chris Lee and Dan O’Rourke during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals against the Vegas Golden Knights, on Sunday, at the Bell Center.
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According to journalist Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the National Hockey League is trying to reduce travel due to the pandemic, so they have planned the same duo of officials for games 3 and 4 of the series. Thus, Lee and O’Rourke will be back on the ice two days after their work evening which was described by many in the media as mediocre.
Despite penalties not being called in at some lines as his players took seemingly unfair blows, the Canadian beat the Knights 3-2 in overtime on Friday. In particular, Corey Perry was hit with a stick in the face by Jonathan Marchesault during the extra period, a gesture for which he was not punished. Moreover, the victim must have received at least six stitches according to his statement, remaining in the void in terms of the reasons that led officials not to take drastic action.
“I heard different things. The judges weren’t sure if it was a loud gesture because the man [Marchessault] He was playing the disc. “For me it was a penalty,” Perry said on Sunday morning.
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And on Friday, Josh Anderson scored twice, taking advantage of a fatal error from goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury behind his own net to equalize the match at the end of the third half and then settled the argument by receiving a superb pass from Paul Byron on a break. Now, Quebec could find themselves on the bench in Game Four. Already, in the morning session, Robin Lehner performed the exercises usually intended for beginners. But coach Peter Debore kept his match hidden from the media, saying he would not confirm the identity of his right-hand man in anticipation of a clash.
Regardless of the lucky winner, Habs players want to focus on their careers.
“They’re two great goalkeepers, they’re in this league for a reason. There, it doesn’t matter to us: We have to focus on what we’re doing,” noted Perry, who crossed swords with Lehner in the 2020 Western Conference Final, in the star’s uniform. from Dallas. “Robin is bigger in front of the net, but you have to attack, send the pucks into the net.”
After testing positive for COVID-19, Canadian head coach, Dominique Ducharme, missed the final part and stayed on the sidelines. However, his men say they want to play for him and for Luke Richardson, his replacement behind the bench.
“We go to the front lines of Luke, because he did it for us.” “He’s a coach who is close to the players and knows what we’re going through,” Ben Shearoot said of the former defender.
“It’s an unfortunate situation because Dom wants to be here like we do. He’s done a great job and is excited about this team. I can imagine him watching the matches and I wish him well,” added Perry.
Leading Bleu-Blanc-Rouge 2 to 1 in the series, he is trying to reach the final for the first time since 1993.