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Canadiens heading to Stanley Cup Final after beating Golden Knights in OT

The winner of Friday's Game 7 of the Semifinals between the Lightning and Islanders will face Montreal.
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Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield (22) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with teammates Nick Suzuki (14) and Paul Byron (41) during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL, QC — For the first time in 28 years, the Montreal Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. 

The team did it following a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Artturi Lehkonen scored 1:39 into overtime and Carey Price stopped 37 shots to help the Canadiens win. 

Cole Caufield and captain Shea Weber also scored, and the Canadiens eliminated the Golden Knights in Game 6 of their semifinal series.

Considered mere after-thoughts after entering the playoffs with the worst record, Montreal has won 11 of 13 since falling behind 3-1 to Toronto in its first-round series. 

Montreal will make its playoff-leading 35th Stanley Cup Final appearance with a shot to add to its 24 championships. 

Montreal will face the winner of the semifinal series between the defending champion Lightning and New York Islanders. Game 7 is at Tampa Bay on Friday.

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