The addition of three Stanley Cup champions this offseason gave the Canadiens plenty of experience. Toffoli, who won the Glass with the Los Angeles Kings in 2014, provided much-needed scoring from the start of the 56-game regular season, and the forward led the Canadiens with 28 goals. Perry, who won the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, began the season on the taxi squad before the ahead worked his way into a regular spot in the lineup, ultimately forming a formidable fourth line with Eric Staal and Joel Armia. Allen, who backed up Jordan Binnington when the St. Louis Blues received the Glass in 2019, became a crucial addition after Carey Price sustained a concussion. Brought in to serve as a veteran backup to Cost, Allen was thrust into the No. 1 role in the middle of the playoff race and helped the Canadiens clinch a berth as the No. 4 seed in the Scotia North Division.
The Canadiens needed a win in the second game of a two-video game set against the Flames at Bell Centre in order to increase their lead in Scotia North Division playoff race. Toffoli scored his second goal of the game with 4:15 remaining in the third period and Allen made 28 saves in a 2-1 win, handing Calgary a defeat that ended its three-game winning streak. “We understand what’s ahead of us and what’s behind us,” Allen said. “We’re not looking behind, we’re searching at chasing the guys before us. So we realize every video game is important.” The Canadiens played a three-game set the following week in Calgary, with the Flames successful the first two before Montreal responded with Toffoli again scoring the winning objective in a 2-1 victory. The win put the Canadiens six points ahead of Calgary for 4th place in the North and gave them breathing room down the stretch.
The No. 5 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, Price helped the Canadiens advance to the Final after their two previous trips to the Eastern Conference Final during his tenure fell short. After backing up Jaroslav Halak in a five-game loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 2010, Cost was sidelined with a knee injury in Game 1 of a six-game reduction to the New York Rangers in 2014. But he was front and center against Vegas in the Semifinals, building on his dominant performances in series wins against Toronto and Winnipeg. Price’s signature moment was in overtime of Game 6 against the Maple Leafs when he produced 13 of his 41 will save before Jesperi Kotkaniemi obtained on the Canadiens’ second shot in OT. He ranks tied for 1st in the playoffs in save percentage (.934) and second in goals-against average (2.02) behind Jack Campbell of the Maple Leafs (1.81).