5.04.2010

Game of the Night


2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 3: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens @ Bell Centre
2-0 Final

With the series split, the series moves to La Belle Province; the place where many of the Pens grew up and idolised the Canadiens (or just plain admired the Habs).  How do the Penguins deal with their friends probably betting against them?


To say that the score was 0-0 for 40 minutes is enough to tell you what kind of game it was (if not, the pictures at the bottom will).  48 hours ago, the frustrations ran high with the Pens and their stars. *cough*Sidney Crosby *cough*  People wondered if in game 3 could he come back with the fiesty attitude and show the Canadiens what champions were made of or let it get the best of him.

The crowd was amazing (but when is it not)!  The cheers were deafening and the walls were booming with passion from all of the fans.  But then the Penguins scored the EN and sucked the life out of Le Centre Bell.

As the game wore on, the Penguins didn't have as much bite/fight I expected from them.  Now, I'm all for the Habs winning this and moving on, but I'd like at least a nibble on the line the Canadiens have casted out for the Pens.  Habs had all the fight, fore check, back check, and defensive mind-set they needed to take care of the Penguins, but Pittsburgh needed to come back with a LOT better play.

Like I've said many times before, when Jaroslav Halak is hot, he is DAMN hot!  Second period he was faced with 13 shots in contrast to Marc-Andre Fleury's 3 saves in the period.  Halak is at his best in these circumstances, and so are we.

After much discussion, Pittsburgh finally got a PPG to break the goose eggs and then an EN sealed the deal.  But that was just the tip of the iceberg of the game.  Sure, the Penguins came out on top, but the Habs put up a hell of a fight (except for a lot of the third).

But let's put that all to the side and focus on the rookie PK Subban.  Never in my hockey watching years have I seen a rookie play this well and this much like a veteran in the post-season.  Subban created plays with his great defensive mind and he created some great chances for the Canadiens.

None of that, though, was enough to break down the wall of Fleury - who was bloody brilliant in the final 10 minutes of the game.

3 stars:
1) Marc-Andre Fleury
2) Evgeni Malkin
3) Brian Gionta


My 3 stars
1) Jaroslav Halak
2) Marc-Andre Fleury
3) PK Subban












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