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Habs comeback to stun Pens, tie series

May 6, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

1-lapierre.jpgThe 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.

  1. habsare1 - May 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    even with the 2 extra players on the ice the habsa still pulled it off! sup wit dat!
    Habs in 7

  2. Allan - May 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    The Penguins haD the lead in the third period but you could sense the momentum shifting towards the Canadiens. A mistake by Fleury and some luck put the Canadiens on top. Maintaining momentum can be difficult when any team has success in the past. The Penguins have to remember that they have to fight, scrape and claw their way to the cup just like they did last year. The Penguins let off the gas and paid for it.
    GO PENGUINS!

  3. Bob S. - May 7, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Any more anti-conspiracy theory people out there?
    Some c/p comments off CBC website
    JUST A FEW
    I can’t believe what I just heard. Don Cherry taking the Habs side. Saying how the refs basically are giving the Pens all the breaks and giving it to the Habs. He said that trip by Crosby was a penalty, the hit on AK46 was a penalty and the Gill Penalty was late in being called. Like Cherry said Fair is Fair, which is not even close to happening in this series.
    What is going on out there with the refs is almost cheating. I have never seen anything like it. Two goals the direct result of missed calls.
    When Don Cherry says it is bad…you know it is bad.

    Won inspite of Bettman’s referreeing! Imagine what refs will have to do the next 2 games to get Crosby into the NBC conference finals?
    Only 3 goals Pittsburgh scored in these 2 games and refs had a hand in all 3. (empty netter does not count).
    THE officials were brutal? how plecky on the pk get his stick chopped and then not called kills me and cindy’s was the AK46 interference at the blueline and the one that sold me that this was a fix was gomez being held behind the net no call.
    Does anyone still doubt that the reffing is fixed?
    Plain and simple…..the refereeing was disgusting.
    Even Cherry denounced the non calls against Montreal tonight, that’s saying a lot.
    Bettman would love nothing more than to see the Pens back in it to keep his “dream” alive that hockey is alive and well in the US. (Phoenix, T.B., Florida, Atlanta, Anaheim, Columbus… just to name a few that continuosly sell out!)
    Everyone knows the Habs got screwed over by the refs tonight. The officiating just keeps getting more and more brutal, and I don’t know how anyone could have watched that without thinking the refs had money on the Pens or orders from the league. What other explanation is there? There is no other solution but for the Molsons and Pierre Boivin and Pierre Gauthier to call out the refs in public. We just got a game 6 gate, so take the fine and make the position known. The reffing is unacceptable, and the league is either apporving it or it’s complacent about it, and both of those are a problem.
    I have never seen replays of penalties that were not called on CBC telecasts before, so it should tell you something about the officiating in this series . I certanly wouldn’t want the refs to start handing penalties to opposing teams to make up for these lopsidede calls but let’s be fair here, Crosby and the Penguins are not Gods on ice .

  4. jeff - May 7, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    @ Bob S.
    What about the stick/gloves to Max Talbot’s face after he turned puck over right before the Habs 2nd goal? How you can complain after winning makes no sense.

  5. Bob S. - May 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    If you were in Montreal and were a fan wouldn’t you be thrilled after you’re team just again upset the champions for the 2nd time in this series? BUT NO- from immediately after the game till this minute they are all furious at the completely fraudulent referreeing that they know Bettman is behind! This is what the league has come to under that crook!
    note- i am not talking about any one or 2 calls that could be or could not be called BUT 95% of them in favor of one team by calling or not and 100% when crosby is involved.
    also- crosby used to be loved in quebec, he played his entire major junior a career in quebec – now because of bettman he is one of the most hated players in quebec.

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