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Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins live streaming – Information of NHL Playoffs Game 1, series tied 0-0 between Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins the game play on 30 April 2010, Schedule TV on Friday, 7:00 PM ET and will be live at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Goodbye, Alex Ovechkin. Hello, Sidney Crosby. In the NHL playoffs, celebrations sometimes don't last much longer than a rookie forward's shift on the ice. The Montreal Canadiens realized that minutes after upsetting Washington 2-1 in Game 7 of their first-round series Wednesday night, when they learned they'd be playing the Penguins less than 48 hours later. Enjoy with the live score, Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins preview, recaps and highlights here.
What a reward for upsetting the team that was supposed to win the Stanley Cup: a quick turnaround before playing the team that won the Stanley Cup last season.
The Eastern Conference semifinals must begin Friday night because Point Park University's graduation was previously scheduled for Saturday at Mellon Arena. There's also a short break before Game 2 on Sunday afternoon in a series that will be played every other day.
The Canadiens' reaction? We weren't supposed to win the opening round, we won't be favored to win this round. So drop the puck already.
Here's the still-to-be-answered question: Did the worst team to make the playoffs show enough to suggest it can beat the Penguins?
The latest Washington playoff failure looked all too familiar. The Capitals often spent too much time trying to create offense around the perimeter. Alexander Semin disappeared. Ovechkin grew increasingly frustrated as Halak stopped 131 of 134 shots over the final three games.
The Penguins — a confident team that's won eight playoff series to Washington's one over the last three seasons — told themselves they can't do the same thing.
While the Penguins were 1-2 while taking as many as six days off before a Game 1 the last two seasons, they don't expect Montreal's momentum to be a factor. Fatigue could be, with theCanadiens playing a third high-pressure game in five days. The Penguins last played Saturday.
Especially from defensemen Hal Gill and Josh Gorges, who were so effective in blocking shots and controlling Ovechkin. Last season, the 6-foot-7 Gill teamed with Rob Scuderi, now of the Kings, to be Pittsburgh's shutdown combination, and the Penguins still haven't developed a comparable duo.
Opposing Crosby every day in practice for several years should help in this series, Gill said. What won't help, Gorges said, is it's not only the Crosby line that must be contained, but the Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal lines, too.
Something else that happens in the playoffs: The hot goaltender of today can be the benched goaltender of tomorrow. As well as Halak played in the opening round, Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis wouldn't be surprised to see Montreal return to Carey Price at some point.
There's also this for the Penguins to consider. In the only other playoff matchup between the two franchises, seventh-seeded Montreal upset second-seeded Pittsburgh 4-2 in 1998.
Crosby, a Hart Trophy finalist, scored four times as the Penguins outscored the Canadiens 15-9 while winning three of four during the season, but the teams haven't met since Feb. 6.
Crosby has 11 goals and 14 assists points in 18 career games against Montreal, which drafted his goaltender father, Troy, in 1984. That same year, the Penguins drafted Mario Lemieux.
Mike Cammalleri, who had five goals and five assists against Washington, has one goal in seven games against Pittsburgh. Scott Gomez has 11 goals and 40 assists in 59 games against the Penguins, and Andrei Markov has six goals and 16 assists in 26 games.
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