Jesperi Kotkaniemi


Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi: Slings helper

Kotkaniemi registered an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights in Game 2. The Finn snapped a four-game point drought when he set up Paul Byron's second-period tally. Kotkaniemi has added four goals, 20 shots on net, 23 hits and a minus-4 rating through 12 playoff contests. He's likely to remain in a third-line role, although his role on the second power-play unit could give him a slightly higher scoring ceiling than that of a typical bottom-six forward.

MONTREAL (AP) — Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored at 15:15 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Saturday night to force Game 7 in the first-round series.

Corey Perry and Tyler Toffoli also scored and Carey Price made 41 saves in front of the first Canadian hockey crowd since the start of the pandemic. With his team outshot 13-2 and struggling to generate anything in the extra period, Kotkaniemi ripped a shot past Jack Campbell's glove side after Toronto defenseman Travis Dermott turned the puck over to Paul Byron.