The Montreal Canadiens headed into the third period of Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins needing to find some offense trailing 2-1 and being outshot 25-9 after two periods. They may not have been pretty goals and they may not have gone in off their own sticks or skates, but the Canadiens got the offense they needed in the third period to take the game 3-2.
Maxim Lapierre tied the game 2:07 into the third period stuffing home a wraparound goal after goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was unable to poke it away from him. 1:33 after that goal, the Habs would take the lead after a Brian Gionta centering pass bounced off the skate of Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and passed Fleury to give Montreal a 3-2 lead.
The Canadiens would then put the defensive shell in place and with some help from spectacular saves from Jaroslav Halak (33 saves in the game) during a late Pittsburgh power play, the Habs were able to hold on and tie the series at two games apiece. For Pittsburgh, they’re running into some of the same problems the Washington Capitals faced in their first round series with Montreal. Halak has been outstanding for the most part and Montreal’s defensive game plan has frustrated the Pens even in spite of Pittsburgh being able to control play and fire numerous shots on goal as well as having an advantage in power play opportunities.
In short, “the trap” is paying off for Montreal and it’s up to the Penguins to do what Washington couldn’t: Figure out ways to beat it.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger