2010 NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens Game Seven

May 12th, 2010 by Mike Burse Leave a reply »
What a series this has been, every time you would think Pittsburgh is ready to take over control of the series, Montreal comes storming back. Montreal deserves a great deal of respect as Jaroslav Halak is not the only reason why it has a chance for a Game Seven win against the Penguins.


How did the Canadiens make it to Game Seven?

They have played a tremendous system which has allowed them to effectively shut down the Penguins three key centermen (Crosby, Malkin, and Staal). The Canadiens have limited these three centers to only three goals in six games.

In playing this system they have Crosby showing the kind of reckless emotion he did in his rookie year. They have him frustrated he's nearly at his wit's end. Crosby will need to find a way to be a calming influence on his team in Game Seven.

Essentially the Canadiens are ignoring the Penguins wingers and are playing a frustrating man-to-man style against Crosby, Malkin and Staal. Much credit for this system has to be given to Montreal's assistant coach Kirk Muller who did the pre-scouting on the Penguins.

Much credit must also go to Mike Cammalleri whom ...

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