Canadiens-Penguins: Knocking at the Champions’ Door

May 7th, 2010 by Francois Gendron Leave a reply »

Thrusday at the Bell centre, Chapter Four of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins was presented. Down 1-2 in the series, the Canadiens fought for their playoff life with desperation, knowing that a loss would virtually mean the end.

The Canadiens opened the score early into the first period when goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed a routine sharp angle shot, an unexpected gift for Tom Pyatt who registered his first career playoff goal.

But the celebrations were short.

Maxime Talbot tied the score only 53 seconds later. Talbot skated alone towards goaltender Jaroslav Halak and scored with a nifty backhand between Halak's pads after P.K. Subban missed the puck at the offensive blue line and was blatantly tripped when he attempted to skate back towards his territory.

Only moments later, Chris Kunitz gave a one-goal lead to the Penguins during a man advantage with a pinball style goal. The puck was deflected twice before finding its way in the net behind Halak.

After two periods, the Canadiens was dominated in the shots department and had to rely on Halak's brillant play during the second period. ...

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