Maybe the Canadiens had help from the hockey gods, and other observations from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final

Perceptions from Game 4, in which Montreal broadened its visit in the Stanley Cup Final on Josh Anderson’s additional time victor …

▪ Chalk it up to the Hockey divine beings, in case you’re so disposed. The Lightning overwhelmed this game, pushing hard in the first and third periods. They hit the post twice on the strategic maneuver. Nikita Kucherov missed an indirect access dunk, off a splendid look from Ryan McDonagh, with around three minutes left.

▪ And yet, here are the Canadiens. Full stamps for killing a late high-adhering twofold minor to the chief and top punishment executioner Shea Weber, in which he got back to the punishment box for a hopeless 2:59 of extra time. The Canadiens nearly finished it with Weber in the case, breaking in need of help and compelling Andrei Vasilevskiy to make a split-legged save money on a Phillip Danault-to-Nick Suzuki possibility. The Habs, 5 for 5 on the PK on Monday, is 53 of 58 in the postseason. At one point, the Bruins were interested in trading for Anderson, whom they faced in a meat grinder of a series with Columbus in 2019. In Game 4, he showed why the Habs were smart to give up Max Domi in a trade for the rough-and-tumble forward.

Anderson opened and closed the scoring, tapping home a beautiful Suzuki feed and finishing the game with a monster sequence. He stripped Yanni Gourde in the defensive zone, broke out himself, bullied Jan Rutta down low as he got the puck to the front of the net, and chipped home the winner on the rebound.

Game 5 is 8 p.m. Wednesday in Tampa. No team other than the 1942 Maple Leafs have come from 3-0 down to win a Cup Final…

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