Canadiens-Penguins: Pittsburgh’s Power Play Sinks Montreal in Game One

May 1st, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Well that was a letdown, wasn't it?

After the spectacular high that was provided by the Habs incredible Game Seven comeback win over the Caps, the Canadiens came out flat against the Pens.

To be honest, last night's 6-3 loss to the Pens was entirely predictable. It is difficult for a team to ground themselves so quickly after such an emotional high. Having to turn things around two days after their Washington victory didn't work to the Habs' advantage.

Compared to the Capitals series, last night's game was much more balanced but the Habs looked slow and tired all night long. Even Jaroslav Halak—author of three straight wins versus the Caps—looked to be lacking focus.

That, plus the Habs indiscipline, lead the Canadiens' downfall as the Pens scored on all four power plays they were given to take a 1-0 series lead.

The Pens got scoring from Sergei Gonchar, Jordan Staal, Kris Letang, Craig Adams, Alex Goligoski, and Bill Guerin into an empty net. The Habs got goals from P.K. Subban—his first in the NHL—Michael Cammalleri, and Brian Gionta.

NOTE** - The Habs lost Andrei Markov on a clean Matt Cooke body check ...

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