Artturi Lehkonen scored with 1:39 left in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993.
The Canadiens will meet the winner of the semifinal series between the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders. The Isles travel to Tampa for Game 7 on Friday, June 25.
The Canadiens become the first Canadian team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals since the Vancouver Canucks in 2011 against the Boston Bruins. No Canadian team has won the NHL crown since Montreal won it in 1993.
While 3,500 fans had gone to the Bell Centre for the series-clinching game, a sea of fans flocked outside the arena during the game.
Veteran goaltender Carey Price finished with 37 saves for the Canadiens and did not allow one power play goal of the 15 he faced in the series.