Pittsburgh and Montreal meet in game 2 of Eastern Conference qualifying round

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On April 18, 2018, they trounced the Flyers in Philadelphia, 5-0, to take a 3-1 lead in a first-round Stanley Cup playoffs.

Montreal's Jeff Petry scored with 6:03 remaining in overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh in their opener at Toronto after each team had missed a late penalty shot. The second clash of the series will be a pure joy to watch, so let's see what can we expect from Montreal and Pittsburgh along with all-important betting trends and our free betting picks.

The Athletic's Pittsburgh hockey staff will be watching for the following three things during Game 2.

"The one area where we could have improved throughout the course of our overall game, the power play included, is more of a net presence, just making it hard on Price to see the puck", Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said.

The game was played at empty Scotiabank Arena in the NHL's return following a 142-day absence after COVID-19 ground the sport to a halt. Conor Sheary and Jason Zucker scored the Penguins goals.

"We've just got to heed the lessons", Rust said. But Drouin's penalty shot mirrored Sheary's, as he also failed to register a shot on net.

Tied 2-2 through 40 minutes, Montreal killed off that Pittsburgh two-man advantage for 1:32 early in the third period despite some sustained pressure.

A dozen teams from each conference are in the playoffs, the top four season finishers in each city playing one another to determine seeding order for the first round of the playoffs.

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At Toronto, Montreal's Carey Price made 39 saves for the 12th-seeded Canadiens to stun the fifth-seeded Penguins.

At 9:55, Crosby, from Price's left and behind the extended goal line, banked the puck in off Price's skate to make it 2-1.

© Provided by Associated Press Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) eyes the puck next to Montreal Canadiens defenseman Brett Kulak (77) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Then with Drouin in the box, Rust poked a shot home from the lip of the crease 2:39 later to bring Pittsburgh back level at 2-2.

The Penguins aren't reporting any serious injuries for game two of this serious.

The Canadiens were playing out the string - 15 points back of the Penguins - and looking to next season after dealing some key veterans prior to the trade deadline when the novel coronavirus forced the National Hockey League to suspend its schedule March 12.

All of the sudden, it was a brand new game.

"The guys bought in", Petry said.

'We did a better job as the game went on of keeping it simple.

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