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Game 3 Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins Lines, Notes and How to Watch



NHL season, Pittsburgh Penguins Scotiabank Arena

TORONTO — The Pittsburgh Penguins have a chance to earn a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five-game Qualifying Round series against the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. Montreal goalie Carey Price has been nearly unbeatable in the first two games and been decided in overtime and late in the third period. The puck drops just after 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Penguins have fired 79 shots combined in the first two games but scored only four goals when Price was in the net.

Montreal head coach Claude Julien hinted at a lineup change or line changes for Game 3 but declined to elaborate. Head coach Mike Sullivan has not made any changes in the series, though the lines were juggled for several minutes of the third period of Game 2.

During the third period, Penguins wingers Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust had shifts on the Penguins top line with Sidney Crosby. Hornqvist appeared to have a couple of shifts with Crosby in place of Conor Sheary.

In the first two games, Price has a 1.82 GAA and a .949 save percentage. Penguins goalie Matt Murray has kept pace with a .937 save percentage and 1.79 GAA.

Montreal will be the home team in Game 3, and get the last lineup change. In NHL history, the team which wins Game 3 after splitting the first two games are 21-7 (.750).

For the hockey interested, PHN broke down the Xs and Os chess match as part of our Game 2 Report Card, analyzed the power play here.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Lines

Guentzel — Crosby — Sheary

Zucker — Malkin — Rust

Marleau — McCann — Hornqvist

Aston-Reese — Blueger — Tanev


Dumoulin – Letang

Pettersson – Marino

Johnson – Schultz



Montreal Canadiens Lines

Tatar — Danault — Gallagher

Drouin — Suzuki — Armia

Byron — Kotkaniemi — Lehkkonen

Weal — Domi — Weise


Chiarot – Weber

Kulak – Weber

Oullett – Mete


Ken Dryden

Carey Price

Game Notes

Carey Price became the first Montreal Canadiens goaltender to register 35+ saves in consecutive playoff appearances since Jaroslav Halak against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Playoffs.

The Penguisn are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, including the playoffs, against Montreal.

Sidney Crosby has scored the first goal in each of the first two games.

The Penguins power play is only 1-for-12, but Montreal is 0-for-5.

Three of Jason Zucker’s five career playoff goals have been scored in OT or the third period.

How to Watch:

AT&T SportsNet, NBCSN; Radio: 105.9 The X.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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2 years ago

A stat that at least I would like to see and I believe would be highly correlated to success is;

The amount of time a PP unit obscures the goalies vision. I believe the Penguins lack of success both last year against the Islanders and so far this year vs Montreal correlates with allowing the goalie clear lines of vision.

The most successful PP’s I believe would also be the ones with the highest % of obfuscation time during the PP.

Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
2 years ago
Reply to  Katz

There would definitely be a very strong correlation guaranteed. Call it the Hornqvist ratio. He did a number on Price’s sight lines in game two for sure, and it took a superhuman effort to keep that puck out. I’d like to see more of those wide-on-purpose shots from our PP. Montreal is really tight as a 4 man group on the PK and not much is getting through from the point. It’s led to quite a few clears by the Canadiens. The tip from Sid beside the net used to be a staple for Letang point shots but they don’t… Read more »

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