Canadiens tame host Penguins, 3-1
PITTSBURGH — Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in a performance much like his series-stealing play during Montreal's first-round victory over Washington and the Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, yesterday.
Brian Gionta also scored as Montreal, playing without injured defenseman Andrei Markov, bounced back from a 6-3 loss in Game 1 and an early 1-0 Pittsburgh lead to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Montreal.
"That's what we wanted to do, a series like this, we wanted to get one (in Pittsburgh)," Montreal center Scott Gomez said. "It's far from over. But we came for one."
Halak, pulled after allowing five goals on 20 shots in Game 1, made big save after big save as the Canadiens won despite being outshot 39-21. Sidney Crosby didn't score for the second successive game, and neither did Evgeni Malkin.
Cammalleri put Montreal ahead 2-1 by scoring on a power play in the second period, then sealed it by stealing the puck from Crosby at mid-ice and beating Marc-Andre Fleury on a breakaway with 2:54 remaining.
Matt Cooke scored for Pittsburgh.
SHARKS WIN, TAKE 2-0 LEAD IN SERIES
SAN JOSE, Calif.— Joe Thornton scored his first goal of the playoffs with 7:23 left to lift San Jose over Detroit, 4-3, and give the Sharks a 2-0 lead in the second-round series.
San Jose's Joe Pavelski scored twice to push his NHL-high playoff total to nine and set up Ryane Clowe's between-the-legs score. Thornton then won it by ending his playoff drought.
Dany Heatley skated up ice on a 3-on-2 break and fired a slap shot at Jimmy Howard. Thornton beat Brian Rafalski to the rebound in the crease and poked in the winner. The series now shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4, starting tomorrow night.
Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom scored for the Red Wings.