There will be a Game 7 on Wednesday night at Mellon Arena. Montreal holds on for a 4-3 victory at Bell Centre to even the series, 3-3, setting up the winner-take-all finale. The Penguins are going to need their crowd to be the factor on Wednesday that Montreal's was tonight. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh will have a faceoff to the left of Halak with Fleury pulled for a sixth attacker. Pittsburgh uses its timeout.
Pittsburgh still has life!!!! Goligoski keeps the puck in at the left point and gives to Gonchar at the right point. Gonchar's slap shot goes past Halak, deflected in by Guerin providing a screen. Canadiens 4, Penguins 3.
Fleury is off for the sixth attacker.
Maybe Halak is wasting all his saves here in Game 6? He just made another dandy by kicking away a deflected shot by Letang.
Fleury comes aggressively out of his cage to poke the puck off the stick of Plekanec, who was looking at a minibreakaway.
Montreal is content right now with simply chipping pucks out of the D-zone and gaining center red and dumping the puck into the Pittsburgh zone.
Halak got a piece of a centering pass to Malkin to stop that chance as the Penguins center was wide open in front of the cage. Pittsburgh has been oh-so close all night long.
Lapierre just danced around what seemed like the entire Penguins team as he went from the near corner to the front of the net before tucking a shot behind Fleury along the ice. Canadiens 4, Penguins 2.
Crosby and Malkin look like they will be skating together the rest of the way. Malkin missed putting a shot off the far post by inches off a great setup behind the net by Crosby.
Here comes Cooke flying onto the ice as the Penguins kill off another Montreal power play.
Montreal will have the cookie on the table following the TV timeout as Cooke is somehow given an interference penalty for hitting a guy who was about to touch the puck. Oh well, just have to kill it off.
The Penguins are now 1-for-5 on the power play as Moore returns.
Travis Moen makes a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIG save for the Canadiens by going down and catching a Malkin shot under his ribs as Malkin was about to throw a shot into the net.
Dominic Moore takes a rather dumb cross-checking penalty in the offensive zone while his team had the puck. The Penguins have to make him pay.
Great play by Crosby to lift the stick of Kostitsyn off the rush to prevent him from getting good wood on a shot. Fleury still had to make a save while doing a snow angel.
The Penguins break into the Canadiens zone as they kill off the penalty to Cooke.
Pittsburgh has to kill off 1:27 seconds in a penalty to Cooke to begin the period.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Jordan Leopold has blocked three shots for the Penguins.
- Matt Cooke
leads the way with four hits.
- Pittsburgh outshots the Canadiens again in that period, 14-11.
Gomez missed another open net from the left of Fleury with about two seconds to play in the period but Montreal seizes both momentum and the lead, 3-2. Pittsburgh continues to outshoot the Canadiens, 27-17.
Now it will be up to the penalty killers to come up huge because Cooke was given a hooking call after upending Gorges.
The Penguins just want this period to come to a close because the Canadiens are coming hard right now.
I don't know how Halak is making some of these saves but he just denied a rebound chance by Kunitz while sitting on his backside.
Crosby and Malkin are out together alongside Kunitz as head coach Dan Bylsma loads up the offense.
Now it's Fleury going down to his knees to deny a turnaround shot by Lapierre in the slot.
Big save there by Fleury as he kicks aside a blast by Hamrlik from the left circle. Fleury needs to slam the door from here on in.
Spacek returns for the first time in nine games and he finds a way to make a difference. He takes a pass at the center point and rips a shot past Fleury from long distance to give the Canadiens their second lead of the night. Canadiens 3, Penguins 2.
Montreal turns the puck over to Dupuis coming down the left seam but his big blast from the left dot is caught in the midsection by Halak.
The Penguins have to find a way to stop Cammalleri if they are to end this series. Cammalleri took a pass in the slot from Kostitsyn, made a move to his backhand and used the traffic created to throw a backhander past the blocker of Fleury. Penguins 2, Canadiens 2.
Well I'm halfway through my burger and my fries are almost gone and I can say the food is DELICIOUS here at TGI Friday's at the Waterfront.
Shots are 21-9 right now in favor of the Penguins as they have dominated this middle frame.
You knew the Penguins were going to make the Habs pay for taking all those penalties and they do. Crosby feeds Letang in the slot and the young blueliner fakes a shot, drags the puck around Ryan O'Byrne and finds a way to sneak a shot past Halak for his fifth goal of the postseason and fourth on the man-advantage. Penguins 2, Canadiens 1.
Pittsburgh failed on that last power play but they are right back on the man-advantage as Roman Hamrlik is sent off for interferring with Kunitz.
Wow what a stop by Halak as he denies a chance from three feet away by Guerin.
Gonchar rips a shot off the post to the right of Halak as the Penguins are buzzing on this man-advantage.
Lapierre takes the Canadiens third penalty of the game as he holds Goligoski. The lady behind me was quite happy as she said, "Good for you, look what you did to him."
Dupuis got a break behind the Montreal defense off a great pass from Kunitz but his shot was stopped by the stomach of Halak.
The second period begins as I await my bacon cheeseburger and fries here at TGI Friday's at the Waterfront. I hope it's as good as the appetizers were!
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Pascal Dupuis
led Pittsburgh with three shots in the first period.
- Hits were 11-6 in favor of the Penguins.
- Faceoffs were even, 9-9, with Crosby going 5-2 for the Penguins.
Montreal draws first blood in the first period but it's Sidney Crosby
who gets the Penguins even heading into the first intermission, 1-1. Shots are 13-6 in favor of Pittsburgh.
Now it's the Canadiens who catch the break as the whistle blows before Malkin depostits a shot over a prone Halak as the Penguins have a great shift led first by Crosby and then by Malkin and Guerin.
WHEEEEEW! The puck was rolling as it came to Scott Gomez to the right of Fleury with an open cage staring at his face and the Canadiens center is not able to get a good shot away. Staal made a good play to get a stick on the puck as it came across.
The Canadiens just took exception to Mike Rupp banging away at a rebound on Halak. Nothing becomes of that pushing and shoving, but it's good to see the Penguins crashing Halak's net.
Jaroslav Spacek, left, is in the lineup tonight for Montreal while Hal Gill, right, was unable to dress.
I love the lady behind me here at TGI Friday's in the Waterfront. She is very funny but also informed. She just told Staal, "Jordan don't let them take the puck from you." I love how fired up Penguins fans get during the postseason.
Malkin uses a great between-the-legs move to create a shot for himself and Halak has trouble with the backhander as it sneaks behind him but Guerin and Crosby couldn't find the loose puck before the Canadiens cleared it.
All the penalties expire for both teams and we are back at full strength.
Gonchar's slap shot is blocked by Travis Moen to center ice and the Penguins blueliner obstructs with Moen to prevent him from catching up with the loose puck, drawing a penalty to make the play four-on-four.
10:56: Brooks Orpik
and Plekanec were battling in front of the Canadiens bench and Plekanec takes the only penalty.
You can't keep Sidney Crosby
down forever! Following great work by Dupuis to dig the puck from the corner the Penguins work the puck back to the left point to Mark Eaton. The Canadiens block Eaton's shot but the puck deflects into the air where Crosby swats the puck out of mid-air baseball style to open the scoring. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1.
The Canadiens kill off the first Pittsburgh power play of the evening.
Montreal takes a too many men on the ice penalty, opening up the door for Pittsburgh.
Fleury steers aside a shot from Tom Pyatt to the left of his cage as he sneaked behind the Pittsburgh D.
The Penguins pick up their first shot of the night as Guerin sends a wrist shot towards Halak from the top of the right point. Talbot mixes it up with Maxim Lapierre after the whistle.
Not the start the Penguins were hoping for. A defender fell down in the neutral zone as the Penguins turned the puck over, allowing Mike Cammalleri to break in two-on-one with Tomas Plekanec. The two play catch before Cammalleri blasts a shot over the glove of Fleury to open the scoring. Canadiens 1, Penguins 0.
20:00: Pascal Dupuis
will flank Sidney Crosby
and Chris Kunitz
while Bill Guerin moves to play with Evgeni Malkin
and Maxime Talbot.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Sergei Gonchar (2G-2A) and Alex Goligoski (1G-3A) lead the Penguins with four points apiece against the Canadiens.
Tonight we are bringing you the blog live from TGI Friday's in the Waterfront. We have the Penguins communication game night and intern staff huddled around a couple tables as we munch on some wings, nachos and quesadilla. Thanks to the Friday's management team for allowing us to bring our good-luck gathering here after the outdoor screen was shut down.
The big news heading into tonight is that Hal Gill will not be in the lineup tonight for the Canadiens. He tried skating after the morning skate and in pre-game warmups but he wasn't deemed healthy enough. Jaroslav Spacek returns for the first time since Game 3 against Washington to take his place. The Penguins will be without Alexei Ponikarovsky and Ruslan Fedotenko for the second straight contest as they use the same lineup that won Game 5.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can close out the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Game 6 at the Bell Centre. Pittsburgh currently holds a 3-2 series advantage following a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Mellon Arena on Saturday night. A Pittsburgh victory would mark the sixth consective series they have clinched on the road. A win would also allow the Penguins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third straight season, making them the first team to do so since the 1990-92 Boston Bruins.
Author: Jason Seidling