The Penguins got their revenge in game two after losing in overtime during game one. Here is a look at what happened in game two.
The Pittsburgh Penguins started this game the same way they started the first period of game one, firing on all cylinders. The big difference this time was that the Penguins scored first. Sidney Crosby beat Carey Price by shooting low through the five-hole before Price could get himself set. The goal is Crosby’s second goal of the playoffs and was assisted by Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary. Crosby’s goal was also his 68th NHL career playoff goal which ties him with Gordie Howe.
Both the Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens traded penalties back and forth. The Canadiens took three penalties with two of those being for too many men on the ice. To go along with those, the Penguins took two penalties. Just when one team looked to take advantage of their power play, their team would take a penalty. There was plenty of 4 on 4 play because of the penalties from each team overlapping.
With just over two minutes left in the first, both teams were involved in a shoving match. At the center of the scuffle were Crosby and Brendan Gallagher, who were both hounding each other in game one.
Shots were 14-6 in favor of the Penguins.
Score: 1-0 Pittsburgh
The second period gave us more rough stuff and more penalties, but no goals. Price, the Canadiens goaltender, was the difference-maker in the second. He made three or four really great saves while the Canadiens were killing a 5 on 3 for the Penguins. The Penguins continued to pepper Price with shots, but Price is keeping his team in the game.
Penguins have gone 0/5 on the power play in this game and are just 1/12 so far in the series. Their lack of production on the power play is what hurt them in the playoffs last season and those troubles continue.
Shots were 15-7 in favor of the Penguins.
Score: 1-0 Pittsburgh
Starting to feel a little desperate, the Canadiens started the third by controlling the play. They were able to get five shots on Penguins goaltender Matt Murray before the Penguins recorded their first shot of the period. Both teams continued to battle back and forth while trading scoring chances. The Penguins increased their lead at 14:41 with a goal by Jason Zucker with the assists going to Sheary and Brian Dumoulin.
The goal was the end result of a 2 on 1 by the Penguins with Sheary sending Zucker the pass in close to the Canadiens net. Price had no chance and now finds himself along with his teammates down 2-0. That two-goal lead did not last long, however. With 2:10 left in the game, Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored on a rebound to put the Canadiens on the board. The assists on the Canadiens goal went to Artturi Lehkonen and Jeff Petry
Shortly after Kotkaniemi scored, the Canadiens decided to pull Price for an extra attacker to try and tie the game. Their efforts went unfulfilled as the Penguins would get an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left in the game by Guentzel assisted by Bryan Rust.
Shots were 14-9 in favor of the Canadiens.
Final Score: 3-1 Pittsburgh
Final Game Stats:
Goals: 3-1 Pittsburgh
Shots: 38-27 Pittsburgh
Hits: 31-20 Montreal
Faceoff Percentage: 54%-46% Pittsburgh
Takeaways: 11-10 Pittsburgh
My Thoughts on Game Two
Once again, Price stood on his head and even though Crosby scored on him early, he kept his team in the game. The Penguins knew they couldn’t go down 2-0 in the series and they played with a ton of determination. Now that the series is tied 1-1, it now becomes a best of three series.
Fans can catch game three of this series on Wednesday, August 5th at 8pm EST.
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