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Montreal Canadiens Preview
The 12th-seeded Montreal Canadiens bid to push the fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins to the brink on Monday when they play Game 2 of their best-of-five Eastern Conference qualifying series in Toronto.
Former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient Carey Price turned aside 39 shots before defenseman Jeff Petry scored 13:57 into overtime of Montreal’s 3-2 win on Saturday. Nick Suzuki, whose 13 goals ranked fifth among all rookies in 2019-20, joined Jesperi Kotkaniemi in finding the net in their respective NHL playoff debuts on Saturday.
Postseason success is not a foreign concept for Suzuki, however, as the 20-year-old pumped in 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 24 games for the Guelph Storm en route to being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
Pittsburgh Penguins Preview
The fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins aim to snap a seven-game playoff losing streak on Monday when they face the 12th-seeded Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference qualifying series. The Penguins’ potent power play converted on just 1 of 7 opportunities and did not score on a 92-second 5-on-3 advantage in the third period.
Superstar Sidney Crosby scored his 67th career postseason goal in the opener to move into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Jake Guentzel set up Crosby’s goal midway into the second period to highlight his return from shoulder surgery in December. Bryan Rust also tallied to pick up where he left off after leading the Penguins with 27 goals in the regular season.