Hi. We don't want to say we told you so. But. We told you so. Carey Price was the difference in Game One as the Canadiens beat the Penguins by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Penguins came out of the gate flying. They were beating the Canadiens to every loose puck. Their forecheck was unreal. They had tons of puck possession and were severely outshooting Montreal. Then in typical Penguins fashion, a fluke goal put them down 1-0. Some dude with a keysmash name got lucky and the puck hit him on a rebound and trickled by Murray. Whatever. Pens got out of the first down 1-0. Then in the second Ichiro Suzuki beat Murray and his T-Rex arms glove high, shocking we know, to give Montreal a 2-0 lead. The Pens would answer back though. Sidney Crosby banked one in off of Price from behind the goal line, as only Sidney Crosby can, to make the score 2-1. The power play decided not to suck ass for once and would tie the game. Bryan Rust chipped in a puck from the slot to make it 2-2. That score would hold through the end of the period. The Penguins had all the pressure on Montreal in the 3rd. Multiple scoring chances. A power play was sprinkled in there, and even a penalty shot. Jeff Petry (I think) viciously attacked Conor Sheary on a breakaway and Sheary was awarded a penalty shot. Outside of Chris Conner falling down in 2011 against the Lightning this was one of the worst penalty shot attempts I've seen. Sheary skated in and shot the puck to Edmonton. It was incredible. The game would slip into overtime. In O.T., Montreal would be awarded a penalty shot when someone held up Drouin on a breakaway. That penalty shot attempt replaced Conor Sheary's for the worst penalty shot I've ever seen. Drouin skated in and tried to deke and ended up loosing the puck before ever getting a shot off. Montreal's fortune would change though, as Jeff Petry would corral a puck above the circles and beat Murray stick side to give Montreal the win and the lead in the series.
Carey Price was outstanding. When we said he could stand on his head and make this series tough, what you saw on Saturday night was exactly what we were talking about. He outplayed Matt Murray and gave the Canadiens the chance to win that game in overtime like they did. With that said, and as much as we like to dog on Matt Murray because it pissed some of you lovely people off, he didn't play bad and wasn't the reason the Penguins lost. Outside of looking like a half brained T-Rex swatting at flies on the second Canadien goal, he didn't look bad. The Pens have to be better on the power play. They had multiple opportunities to cash in including a 5 on 3 that lasted for 92 seconds that they didn't score on. If the Penguins power play figures itself out, its goodnight moon for Montreal. If not and Carey Price continues to stand on his head, then the Penguins are in deep trouble.
Oh by the way. This was the Penguins 7th straight playoff loss.
(Holy Shit. They actually had the Refs.)
'O Canada' again.
Did we mention the Penguins have lost seven straight playoff games?
If the Penguins play like they did in Game One they are going to win this series. The Canadiens played as close to perfect as possible and there is no way they can keep that up. Right? RIGHT???
The Penguins were 1 for 7 on the power play. Included in that was a 1:45 two man advantage. Big yikes.
On a positive note: Evgeni Malkin can only play better than he did in Game One. He was not good.
Price vs Murray - confirmed
On another positive note. Phil Kessel had 2 points in the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 win over Nashville on Sunday.
The Penguins also need a better game from their 3rd line. They were not great either.
John Marino was easily the Penguins best player in Game One.
At what point do you consider benching Patrick Marleau and adding someone like Sam Lafferty to the mix?
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.