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Canadiens beat Golden Knights 3-2 in OT to take 2-1 lead

Josh Anderson scored his second goal of the night at 12:53 of overtime, Carey Price made 43 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Friday night to a take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinal series.

Anderson scored after he knocked down an aerial pass at the offensive blue line. The puck fell to Paul Byron, who passed back to Anderson for his third goal of the playoffs, sending the Bell Centre into a chaotic celebration.

Cole Caufield also scored to help Montreal win without interim head coach Dominique Ducharme. He tested positive for COVID-19 before the game.

Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson (17) celebrates with teammates Paul Byron (41) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (15) after scoring against the Vegas Golden Knights during overtime in Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Graham HughesThe Canadian Press via AP)

Luke Richardson took over behind and directed the Canadiens to their fourth overtime victory in these playoffs.

Nicolas Roy and Alex Pietrangelo scored for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots.

Game 4 is Sunday night in Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson (17) scores against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as Canadiens' Paul Byron and Knights' Brayden McNabb (3) look for the rebound during overtime in Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Graham HughesThe Canadian Press via AP)

After the Golden Knights killed off a penalty to start the third, Pietrangelo fired his fourth goal of the playoffs — and third in the last two games — under Price’s blocker from the high slot on an odd-man rush at 2:22.

The Montreal goaltender kept his team within striking distance a few minutes later, robbing Alex Tuch with a terrific pad stop on a 2-on-1 with former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty before Corey Perry came close at the other end.

Fleury then made another stop on Tyler Toffoli with five minutes left, but misplayed the puck behind his net and gifted Anderson the tying goal with 1:55 remaining.

Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson celebrates with Paul Byron and Jesperi Kotkaniemi after scoring in overtime against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens' Josh Anderson scores past Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during overtime in Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi, left, and Joel Armia celebrate a goal by Josh Anderson on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stops Vegas Golden Knights' William Karlsson (71) as Canadiens' Nick Suzuki defends during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vegas Golden Knights' Jonathan Marchessault celebrates a goal by Alex Pietrangelo on Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save on Vegas Golden Knights' Alex Tuch during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vegas Golden Knights' Alex Pietrangelo (7) celebrates with Jonathan Marchessault (81) and Max Pacioretty after scoring against the Montreal Canadiensduring the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Graham HughesThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens celebrate a goal by Cole Caufield against the against Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey semifinal series, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Montreal. (Graham HughesThe Canadian Press via AP)