Like Thursday’s game between the Wings and Sharks, last night’s game one between Montreal and Pittsburgh would see a tired team take on a rested team. However, the tired Habs had one key advantage heading into the game. Jaroslav Halak, who single-handedly carried Montreal past Washington, was the best player in hockey during the playoffs so far. But would he be enough to fend off the defending Stanley Cup champs?
Montreal 3 @ Pittsburgh 6 – The big winner on the night was the Penguins power play. Every time the Habs dropped a man, the deadly Pittsburgh attack made them pay. The Pens went 4 for 4 with the man advantage and that’s all they needed to topple the tired Habs in game one of their second round series. The most tired Hab was Jaro Halak. The hero of the Washington series couldn’t stop a beach ball last night, giving up 5 goals on 20 shots before being pulled for Carey Price. In his defense, he faced 134 shots in the previous three games and was likely very zombified. The other story of this game was injuries. Both Andrei Markov and Jordan Staal left the game and did not return. Neither are guaranteed to return for Sunday’s game two.
Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) – 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh) – 28 saves
3. Scott Gomez (Montreal) – 2 assists
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