The Montreal Canadiens play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of their Eastern Conference qualifying series. The Canadiens defeated the Penguins in the first game 3-2 in overtime to take a 1-0 series lead. Montreal was 31-40-9 and 71 points when the season was halted in mid-March due to the covid-19 outbreak.
Pittsburgh was 40-29-6 and 86 points when play was halted in March. The Penguins were in third place in the Metropolitan Division just four points behind the first-place Washington Capitals and three points behind the second place Philadelphia Flyers but are part of the qualifying series teams that must play their way into the final eight of the Eastern Conference.
Canadians look to take two straight on MondayThe Montreal Canadiens used a solid game and strong play from netminder Carey Price to help lead the young and inexperienced Canadians to victory in the first game of the series against the veteran playoff experience of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the end however, it was veterans Jeff Petry, who scored during overtime to give the Canadian the win, and Price who stopped 39 shots in net, that made the difference.
Petry, who along with Price is 32, was able to grab a loose puck near the faceoff circle on the right hand side of the rink and ripped a slap shot past Pittsburgh netminder Matt Murray. The Canadians had taken an early 2-0 second period lead behind goals from Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki but the Canadiens could not hold the lead and gave up a pair of second period goals to the Penguins.
Pittsburgh must find its offense quicklyThe Pittsburgh Penguins scored just two goals, with both coming in the second period, in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens. Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust scored the two goals for Pittsburgh in the span of just 2:39. However early in the third, Penguins had a two-man advantage for 1:32 and could not put the puck in the net despite sustained pressure in the Montreal Canadiens end
Goalie Matt Murray kept Pittsburgh in the game throughout with 32 saves. When the season was suspended in mid-march Pittsburgh held the 7th best overall record in the NHL but could be quickly eliminated if the Pens cannot find a way to put the puck past Price.
- Pittsburgh has won four of its last five when playing on a Monday
- Montreal has lost 10 of the last 15 against Pittsburgh
- The Canadians have lost 10 of their last 15 overall