TORONTO — The importance of the win will fade in the coming weeks, but everything was on the line Monday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins were effective, if not very pretty. They pressured the Montreal Canadiens for most of the first 40 minutes and were able to beat Montreal goalie Carey Price in the opening five minutes and the last five minutes.
It was enough as the Penguins beat Montreal 3-1 at Scotiabank Arena in Game 2 on Monday night.
The best-of-five series is tied 1-1. For the postgame story, click here for the postgame.
A few standout factors defined the game, and all worked in the Penguins’ favor. From goaltending to skating and scoring chances, the Penguins did what they needed to do, even if they couldn’t gain separation from Montreal until the final moments.
And Sidney Crosby slipped one past Carey Price to get the lead and
There were some in the Penguins organization who were afraid of Carey Price when the series was first announced back in May. Those fears were legit. Price had a mediocre regular season with a pedestrian a .909 save percentage. The rusty play, rough ice, and big stakes have combined to make Price a giant in the net.
But the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled an old page out of their playbook, a vintage Sullivan move on Monday, and committed to it.