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 Caulfield.
Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner made a big save on Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield. (Photo: Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports)
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 at 1:18. He has scored in back-to-back games.
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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