Price can't do it all alone, Penguins win Game 2, 3-1
Carey Price kept the Canadiens in the game for a long time, but the Montreal squad ultimately lost the second game of their series against the Penguins.
Share August 3, 2020 Updated August 4, 2020 at 12:56 am Share Price can't do it all alone, the Penguins win Game 2, 3-1 Alexis Bélanger-Champagne The Canadian Press Carey Price kept the fort for long moments, but the penalties quickly cut the wings to the Canadian.
Sidney Crosby scored early in the first period and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Montreal side 3-1 on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena in Game 2 of their qualifying series.
Jason Zucker added an insurance goal late in the third period. This goal proved crucial as Jesperi Kotkaniemi responded with 2:09 to go.
The best-of-five series is now 1-1.
Unlike in Game 1 on Saturday, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan made an effort to keep Phillip Danault's line from playing against their best. The referees made it easy for him by handing out lots of penalties, which meant that the teams rarely went five-on-five in the first two periods.
Price continued to give the Penguins' power play headaches, who are now 1-for-12 in two games.
“Our indiscipline has taken the wind out of our sails,” said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. When your goalie gives you a chance to win, you have to react. And to win with a young team, you can't have passengers. Tonight, there are players we would have liked them to be better. ”
The Canadiens had his best moments in the third period, but Matt Murray also had a strong game.
The Penguins goaltender frustrated Tomas Tatar after just 14 seconds of play in the final period. Murray then stretched the right leg to make a key save against Danault midway through the period.
Zucker allowed his side to breathe easier by widening the lead with 5:19 to go, taking advantage of a Conor Sheary handover in a two-on-one attack. While Kotkaniemi made it interesting by ultimately beating Murray, the Penguins had the final say.
Jake Guentzel completed the score in an empty net with 9.2 seconds left.
“When you spend the majority of the night defending yourself because you take penalties, it takes your pace away,” said Julien. In the third period, we played a lot better. Some took their game up a notch, but it was too late to win the game. ”
Murray finished the game with 26 saves on his record. At the other end of the ice, Price made 35 saves.
“The Canadian generated some quality chances and Matt made the important saves,” said Sullivan. That's what Matt is doing at this time of the season. He makes the saves at the right times to help us win. He proved it once again tonight. ”
Game 3 will be played Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena.
The start of the game was delayed by 10 minutes as the previous duel between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals required an extension. The Canadian then had a much better exit from the blocks than on Saturday.
However, Crosby gave the Penguins the lead after 4:25 of play. He was able to stand alone in front of Price with a side pass from Guentzel and hit the target with a shot through the goalkeeper's legs.
The Penguins then obtained a first power play and increased the pressure on the Habs. Price closed the door, however.
The pace of the game was subsequently disrupted as the referees handed out four more penalties in the first period. Habs defender Brett Kulak got the best chance as the teams played four on four, but he ran into Murray.
The Penguins goalie was tested again after the first intermission. He pulled out the mitt at the right time to grab the puck following a deflection from Joel Armia.
About four minutes later, Murray played luck, making the save with the handle of his stick on a point blank shot from Tomas Tatar.
The merry-go-round continued in the penalty box in the second period. Price has been spectacular at the expense of Kristopher Letang.
The Penguins weren't able to capitalize on 26 seconds of five-on-three play.
Price was called in again during the last minute of the second twenty. He made another tough save on a Zucker deflection, before frustrating Bryan Rust with a wrist shot from the slot.
Despite great efforts from the Habs in the third period, Murray managed to close the books.
Phillip Danault would have preferred to use his energy to attack rather than to defend:
“We take a lot of punishment and it consumes our energy. It costs us time in the offensive zone, five on five, or even on the power play. You have to improve at this level. ”
Brett Kulak praised Carey Price's work:
“Price is the backbone of this team. He is our best player and he works hard. He gives us a chance to win every night and he did it in the first two games. ”
Carey Price gave the Penguins credit:
“We knew they were going to want to bounce back. They were solid in the first 40 minutes, then we responded well in the third period. However, they already had the advantage. ”