Pittsburgh Penguins Preview
Captain Sidney Crosby bids to continue his sterling play on Wednesday when the fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 3 of their best-of-five Eastern Conference qualifying series against the 12th-seeded Montreal Canadiens in Toronto.
The two-time Hart Trophy recipient scored in his second consecutive contest Monday during the Penguins’ series-tying, 3-1 win, boosting his postseason point total to 188 (68 goals, 120 assists) — tying him with Hall of Famers Joe Sakic and Doug Gilmour for eighth place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list.
The Penguins have struggled to ignite their power play in the series (1-for-12), but their eighth-ranked penalty kill has thwarted all five short-handed situations.
Montreal Canadiens Preview
The 12th-seeded Montreal Canadiens aim to locate some offense to support Carey Price on Wednesday when they play Game 3 of their best-of-five Eastern Conference qualifying series against the fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in Toronto.
The former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient has done his part in the series, turning aside 74 of 78 shots to garner the upstart Canadiens a split of the first two contests. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who recorded just six goals and eight points in 36 games in 2019-20, scored in both Montreal’s 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 and 3-1 setback in Game 2 on Monday.
The Canadiens are 0-for-5 with the man advantage in the series after posting the third-ranked power play on the road in the regular season.