Well well well. On Monday night something happened that we have been asking for since about 2017. Matt Murray showed up and balled out and was a major key in the Penguins winning Game Two by the score of 3-1. Carey Price was spectacular once again for Montreal and gave them a chance to win all night, but Murray was just as good for the Penguins and he helped guide them to their first playoff win since 2018. That's over 800 days ago for anyone keeping score. The Penguins as a whole played better in front of Matt Murray and limited any Montreal chances to low percentage opportunities and when he was tested, Murray made the timely saves (finally) that we've been wanting him to make for the last three seasons.
The Penguins got on Montreal early. Something they couldn't do in Game One. Sidney Crosby took an unreal pass from Jake Guentzel and 87 went five-hole on Price to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. That score would hold up all the way to the third period when Jason Zucker finished a 2 on 1 to extend the Penguins lead to 2-0. Kotkaniemi would get his second of the series when he stuffed home a rebound late in the third but Jake Guentzel turned out the lights and locked the doors when he hit an empty net late to push the score to 3-1.
Now the series shifts to Game Three and things are going to change a little bit for the Penguins. They will no longer be the designated home team, thus meaning they no longer have the luxury of the last change and all of the other "advantages" a home team would have. (Not that Mike Sullivan cares about matchups anyways). We could go on an on about how it will be interesting to see how Sullivan handles the change and not being able to have the final change before face-off, but we'd just be making stuff up because Sullivan doesn't care about that stuff. He has his game plan and he'll stick to it. But that gameplay should be enough to push the Penguins by the Canadiens. Sullivan had the Penguins playing the right way in Game Two. They took it to Montreal and were very sound defensively for the most part. Keeping that same structure and energy will be key for the Penguins because Montreal will eventually break. We've seen some cracks already but Carey Price has been there to save the day. Now, if only the Pens could get that whole power play thing figured out. Stay tuned.
(Damn they had the refs two days in a row)
Murray vs Price.
Sidney Crosby is pretty good at hockey and has been very good so far in this series.
Hopefully Evgeni Malkin can finally get things going.
The Penguins 3rd line was much better in Game Two.
What wasn't better was the Penguins power play. They were 0 for once again. However a bright spot was they did have 14 shots on their power plays. That's more than they had in any game this season.
It was good to see Jason Zucker get on the board in Game Two.
Matt Murray was phenomenal in Game Two. He's been good so far this series so hopefully that run of play continues.
Speaking of phenomenal, Jack Johnson wore a shirt referencing 'Dunder Mifflin Paper Company' yesterday and suddenly his contract looks like a steal.
One team is going to be on the verge of elimination after tonight's game.
Friday is 8/7.
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.