The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the second, but the Montreal Canadiens battled back to win 4-3 and take a 2-1 series lead.
The Canadiens came out strong to start the game. They wasted little time getting on the score sheet, scoring at 4:57 with a goal by Shea Weber. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made three saves before Weber netted the rebound. The assists on the opening goal go to Artturi Lehkonen and Paul Byron.
Due to the Canadiens penalty trouble, their 1-0 lead did not last long. While already on a power play, Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal for the Penguins on a delayed penalty to Weber. The goal was assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Crosby now has 189 NHL playoff points and passes both Doug Gilmour (188) and Joe Sakic (188) for 8th all time.
Shots were 14-11 in favor of the Penguins
Score: 2-1 Pittsburgh
Early in the second at 5:35, the Penguins added to their lead. Teddy Blueger scores his first career playoff goal with the assists going to Zach Aston-Reese and Brandon Tanev. The two-goal lead did not last long for the Penguins as Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens at 10:13. Ben Chiarot and Weber picked up the assists.
A scary moment with just over seven minutes left in the period. Jake Evans took a hard hit into the boards from Tanev. The hit left Evans stunned and a little bloody as he laid on the ice for a bit.
At 15:50 Byron scored a wrap-around goal for the Canadiens to tie the game. Nick Suzuki and Weber picked up the assists. The tying goal seemed to pump some life back into the Canadiens. They continued to play hard late into the period.
Shots were 13-11 in favor of the Canadiens
For the third period in a row, a goal was scored within the first six minutes of play. Jeff Petry scored a perfectly placed goal off of Murray’s shoulder and into the top of the net. The goal put the Canadiens in the lead with the assists going to Chiarot and Phillip Danault.
After the Petry goal, the Penguins bench looked lifeless. There was a clear momentum shift in the Canadiens favor. Both teams exchanged chances back and forth for the rest of the period. Late in the period while on the power play, the Penguins pulled Murray out of the net. They tried to tie the game with a six on four advantage, but Canadiens goaltender Carey Price shut the door. Price and the Canadiens held off the Penguins to win game three and take a 2-1 series lead.
Shots were tied 7-7
Final Score: 4-3 Montreal
Goals: 4-3 Montreal
Shots: 33-31 Pittsburgh
Hits: 39-23 Montreal
Faceoff Percentage: 52%-48% Montreal
Power Play: Pittsburgh 2/3, Montreal 0/5
Final Thoughts On Game Three
Game three saw Montreal continue to be the more physical team in this series. They did a great job in this game to not give up and to keep battling. Carey Price had another strong outing and kept the Canadiens in the game. After Jeff Petry scored to give Montreal the lead, you could see that the Penguins looked stunned and defeated. They tried hard to tie the game late, but Price and the Canadiens defense stood tall.
Fans can watch game four of this series on Friday, August 7th at 4pm EST
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