0:00: The Canadiens recover from their 6-3 Game 1 loss to defeat the Penguins, 3-1, in Game 2. Montreal scores three unanswered goals after Matt Cooke
staked Pittsburgh to a 1-0 lead. The series now shifts to Bell Centre in Montreal, beginning with Tuesday's Game 3. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.
Montreal will finish the game on a power play as Craig Adams
was given a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct for checking from behind.
It looks like the Canadiens are going to even this series at Cammalleri gets a breakaway off a generous bounce and beats Fleury over the left shoulder for his second goal of the game. Canadiens 3, Penguins 1.
Crosby and Malkin are back together, paired up with Kennedy. That trio just had three great scoring chances but couldn't fin the net.
I don't know how Halak just picked up Kennedy's turnaround shot off a Ponikarovsky rebound. But the Canadiens netminder was able to close his legs together in time to deny the Penguins winger.
Montreal's special teams are proving to be the difference-maker this afternoon as the Penguins are now 0-for-3 on the power play. The Canadiens go-ahead tally was notched on the man-advantage.
The Penguins draw their third-straight power play as Marc-Andre Bergeron is called for interference. Pittsburgh has to make Montreal pay right here.
Pittsburgh is 0-for-2 on the power play.
It looked like Kunitz's shot went off the post as he tried jamming a shot past Halak.
Pittsburgh has the turkey right back on the table as Cammalleri is caught by the trailing referee high-sticking Goligoski.
The Penguins have gotten a couple good looks on this power play, including a blast right there by Kunitz from the top of the right circle, but Halak has been up to the challenge. Montreal kills off the Gill penalty.
Pittsburgh begins the third period with 1:54 to work with on the man-advantage with the Canadiens top PKer, Hal Gil, in the box.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Chris Kunitz
leads the Penguins with four shots.
- The Penguins are outhitting the Canadiens, 23-19.
- Pittsburgh outshot the Habs, 18-3, in period two.
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and event summary
Montreal tallies the only goal of the second period to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Penguins are dominating otherwise, leading in shots, 27-15.
No, the Penguins didn't score, but you wouldn't know by the crowd's reaction. Talbot's drive to the net to get to a Kunitz rebound forces Hal Gill to haul him down before he slammed home the rebound, giving the Penguins their first power play of the afternoon.
Malkin and Crosby almost team up for a gorgeous goal off the rush as they played give-and-go with Malkin deflecting a Crosby pass off the pads of Halak from the top of the paint.
The crowd tries to help spur the Penguins on as they break out into a 'Let's Go Pens!' chant. It's not like the Penguins are playing bad - they are outshooting the Habs, 24-15.
Montreal continues to suck all five players down into the house area and when they do that the Penguins are working the puck off the boards back to the D at the points. If the Penguins can generate just a little bit more traffic in front of Halalk on these shots they could grab a garbage goal or two for their hard work.
The Penguins definitely got lucky there as a rebound off the end boards came right to Gomez alone at the side of the cage but he couldn't turn the puck over and direct it into the empty cage.
Bylsma went with Malkin and Crosby together on that last shift as the Penguins tried taking advantage of the zone time they were generating in the Montreal zone.
The Penguins have come strong following the Cammalleri goal. You feel like it is just a matter of time here.
The crowd is a little restless as Tom Pyatt trips Ponikarovsky at the Montreal blue line but no penalty was called.
What a nice play by Cammalleri to give the Habs their first lead of the series. P.K. Subban's shot from the left point went off the pad of Fleury and caromed right to Camalleri. He kicked the puck in the air and then swatted it out of mid-air into the cage. Canadiens 2, Penguins 1.
Montreal is on their second man-advantage of the game as Orpik is off for holding.
Kunitz bull-rushes the puck straight to the top of the cage while Crosby and Guerin also wack away at the puck. Somehow in the host of bodies Halak keeps the biscuit from crossing the goal line.
One thing the Penguins are doing well in this series is getting their D involved in all three zones. Letang, who already has three goals, was just stopped with a glove save in the high slot. It was the same spot Letang beat Halak in Game 2.
Picture assist: Sharon Ash
Kunitz makes a good play off the rush to hit the late guy, Mark Eaton, but Halak was up to that challenge with his glove.
Kunitz gets quick shot from the slot after taking a pass from Crosby but Halak sticked that one away.
The puck is dropped between Crosby and Tomas Plekanec.SECOND PERIOD
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Hits were tied at 13 apiece and both teams went 10-10 on draws.
- Alex Goligoski led Pittsburgh with two shots.
- Sidney Crosby
led the Penguins in ice time with 7:04 minutes.
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and event summary.
Twenty minutes are in the books here at the Igloo. The score is all knotted, 1-1, as the Canadiens outshoot the Penguins, 12-9.
Malkin and Gorges mix it up behind the Montreal net as the Canadiens take exception to Malkin going after a rebound on Halak.
Montreal evens the score as Scott Gomez makes a quick pass from behind the net to Brian Gionta in the slot. Gionta tosses a shot over Fleury from eight feet away. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1.
Crosby just had a pass roll off his stick as Guerin nearly set him up for a mini-breakaway below the circle.
The penalty killers do the job as Fedotenko returns to the ice with no damage done.
It looks like Crosby is going to take the minutes Staal normally logs on the penalty kill.
Dupuis crushes Cammalleri with a shoulder in the far corner as the crowd loves seeing that.
Montreal receives the first power play as Fedotenko is given an interference penalty.
Nice glove save there by Fleury as former Penguin Dominic Moore had a puck come to him right between the circles but Fleury maintained the Penguins' advantage.
Ponikarovsky flips a pass to open space and the Canadiens defender knocked the bisuit right onto Malkin's stick sneaking through the top of the zone. Halak was there to make the pad save as he went to his knees.
Pittsburgh keeps coming as Rupp and Ruslan Fedotenko each have point-blank chances but Halak makes those saves. Shots are 7-2 in favor of the Penguins.
The Cookie Monster strikes again. Matt Cooke
takes a quick pass from Maxime Talbot moving down the left wing, turns it over to the backhand and sneaks a shot through Halak's legs. Pascal Dupuis
picks up the second assist. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0.
Crosby and Chris Kunitz
each had cracks at banking a shot off a prone Halak from behind the net but the Canadiens netminder was up to the challenge.
Huge hit in the corner by Mike Rupp as he lays the body into Josh Gorges, knocking him to the ice.
It doesn't take the Penguins long to get their first shot as Crosby steals a pass in the high slot and drills a shot off the stick of Jaroslav Halak.
The crowd seems to be louder than ever here today! That's good news for the Penguins.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins power play is clicking at a 34.4-percent click (11 for 32) during the postseason. That figure ranks second in the league.
The Penguins will look to continue their success on the power play, where they went a perfect 4-for-4 in Game 1. Pittsburgh tied a team record with their four power-play scores, while the Canadiens surrendered four man-advantage scores for just the second time in team history (Feb. 4, 1964 vs. Toronto).
While the Staal injury is obviously a downer, we have GREAT news for the Penguins. Jordan Leopold and Tyler Kennedy
are both returning to the lineup this afternoon. Kennedy will skate on a line with Evgeni Malkin
and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Leopold will be paired with Alex Goligoski. Maxime Talbot will replace Jordan Staal
between Matt Cooke
and Pascal Dupuis
The Penguins scratches include Jay McKee, Staal, Eric Godard, Chris Conner, Mark Letestu, Deryk Engelland
, Ben Lovejoy
and Brad Thiessen
The Penguins look to go up 2-0 on the Montreal Canadiens this afternoon. Pittsburgh's challenge got a lot tougher yesterday when it was revealed that Jordan Staal
, who until today had never missed a game because of injury in his NHL career, is day-to-day following a procedure to repair a lacerated tendon in his foot
. The Canadiens have a key injury issue of their own to deal with as star defenseman Andrei Markov flew back to Montreal after leaving Game 1 with a lower body injury. Markov leads the Canadiens in ice time.
Author: Jason Seidling