0:00: The Penguins are back in control of the series! Marc-Andre Fleury
stops all 18 shots while Evgeni Malkin
scores on a power play and Pascal Dupuis
adds an empty-netter to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 victory and a 2-1 lead in the series. The series continues with Game 4 on Thursday night at Bell Centre. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The puck comes to Dupuis at center and he slides a shot from the red line into the empty cage and the Penguins are going to skate out of Game 3 with a 2-0 victory. Penguins 2, Canadiens 0.
Halak is out of the net and the Canadiens have the extra attacker on.
Pittsburgh kills the Leopold penalty.
Fleury makes his save of the night as he gets a right pad on a shot as he went down into the splits on a tic-tac-toe play to Plekanec.
The Canadiens use their timeout with 53 seconds remaining in the Leopold penalty.
The Canadiens get their second power play as Leopold is caught tripping.
What a stop by Fleury!!!! He went from left to right to get his left pad on a one-timer by Cammalleri in the right circle.
Montreal is really missing the net on a lot of their shots over these last two periods as the Penguins get into the shooting lanes.
Fleury gets his right pad on a shot by Gionta from the slot as the Canadiens get one of their first quality shots in a while.
Shots right now are 23-11 in favor of the Penguins as just like in Game 2 they have taken over the final 40 minutes in the game.
Motnreal cannot even the puck out of their zone right now as the Penguins have them hemmed in following the Malkin goal.
The Penguins take the lead!!! Malkin steps into a setup from Gonchar at the top of the right circle and beats Halak through the legs for the power-play goal. Penguins 1. Canadiens 0.
The Penguins begin the period on a 1:48 minute power play.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins outshot the Canadiens, 13-3, in the second period.
- Jordan Leopold and Brooks Orpik
each have five blocked shots apiece.
- Pittsburgh is outhitting the Canadiens, 23-16.
Still no score at the Bell Centre after 40 minutes of play but the Penguins certainly gotten to their game in period two. A huge scrum breaks out at the final whistle as Crosby and Gomez mix it up. Shots after two periods are 16-10 in favor of the Penguins.
Hard work by the Crosby, Kunitz and Dupuis unit draws a holding call against Hal Gill.
Crosby had a goal on his stick but Halak continues to stymie the Penguins as he stops that with a blocker. Crosby was in the right circle.
No penalty is called as Malkin is hauled down by Gomez as the drove the puck to the net after winning a puck battle in the near corner.
The crowd is going crazy after Halak went post-to-post to stop a one-timer across the grain from Goligoski off a feed from Cooke.
Cooke continues to be the Penguins' best forward, running over Roman Hamrlik in the near corner.
As the penalty expires Halak robs Letestu between the circles.
Halak blockers awa y a wrist shot from Malkin between the circles.
Cooke and Lapierre receive coincidental minors while Marc-Andre Bergeron takes an elbowing penalty, putting Pittsburgh on the man-advantage.
Kennedy skates the puck around the back of the net and nearly sneaks a shot over the shoulder of Halak as the Penguins continue raising their game.
The Canadien fans break out into an "Ole, Ole, Ole" chant. I'm not sure if they realize this isn't a soccer game.
and Kris Letang
are two Penguins who hail from the Quebec province.
13:39: Matt Cooke
gets a breakaway from the blue line in but Halak is up to the task with his blocker.
Jaroslav Halak makes his two best saves of the night as he stops a long-range shot from Sergei Gonchar and then the rebound in tight by Kunitz.
The crowd is chanting "Fleury!"
The Penguins have began this second period looking like they are going to be able to establish their offensive game more in this frame.
Let's see if the game opens up a bit in period two.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins had an 11-6 advantage on faceoffs.
- Jordan Leopold blocked five shots.
- Chris Kunitz
and Brooks Orpik
each laid two hits.
The first period comes to a close with neither team finding the back of the net. The Canadiens outshoot the Penguins, 7-3.
Pyatt just fired a shot off the crossbar as the Canadiens nearly opened a 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh caught a huge break as the defense fell down, opening a lane right down the middle for Mike Cammalleri, but Fleury finds a way to get a piece of his wrist shot.
Fleury makes save No. 6 of the frame as he denies a Brian GIonta shot from the right circle with his stick.
Kennedy gives the puck away to Tom Pyatt but recovers quickly to dive and prevent the Canadiens rookie from generating a scoring chance.
Neither team scores on their first power play.
Ponikarovsky is taking Geurin's spot on the top PP unit.
Pittsburgh will bring its power play onto the ice for the first time as Lapierre goes off for interference.
Great one-on-one defense there by Mark Eaton as he kept Benoit Pouliot to the outside and forced a low percentage shot Fleury easily stopped.
It's the Penguins blocking all the shots through the first half of the first period as the Canadiens have come out hard playing at home.
Pittsburgh kills off the Goligoski penalty thanks to a couple big saves by Fleury.
Fleury is tested by a Subban slap shot from the center point but he goes into a split to make the glove save.
Alex Goligoski is sent to the penalty box for tripping.
Nice job by Marc-Andre Fleury
as he hugs the post to stop Glen Metropolit's shot from the left side.
PK Subban mixes it up in front of the benches with Alexei Ponikarovsky as tempers flare.
Mark Letestu is taking his first NHL postseason shift as Tyler Kennedy
and Maxim Lapierre push and shove.
And we are under way!
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins are 6-3-1 in the Bell Centre since 2005-06.
Montreal's scratches include Jaroslav Spacek, Ben Maxwell, Sergei Kostitsyn, and Andrei Markov. Spacek took the skate today but is still not healthy enough to go.
Bill Guerin is out of the lineup for the Penguins tonight. He will be replaced by rookie Mark Letestu, making his postseason debut. Other scratches include Jordan Staal
, Eric Godard, Chris Conner and Jay McKee.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to re-establish home-ice advantage against the Montreal Canadiens back in their favor after splitting the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Mellon Arena over the weekend. The series now shifts to the Bell Centre, where the Penguins have an impressive 6-3-1 record since 2005-06. Yesterday the Penguins talked about what it means to play playoff hockey in Montreal
Author: Jason Seidling