The Penguins converted on all four power play opportunities in their 6-3 win over Montreal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The eigth-seeded Canadiens entered the series having shut down the top-seeded Washington Capitals, who led the NHL in goals per game (3.82) and power play (25.2%) during the regular season. The Capitals were just 1-for-33 with the man advantage in their seven-game series.
"We knew how good they were in their series against Washington," said defenseman Sergei Gonchar , who talled the first Penguins goal. "We made sure we were moving the puck a lot and getting traffic in front of the goalie.
During the conference quarterfinals, Montreal skaters blocked an average of 26 shots per game. They stopped 41 in the Habs' 2-1 Game 7 victory. Friday versus Pittsburgh? Just 15.
Pittsburgh tied its franchise record for most power play goals in a game, previously set on April 29, 1992 against the Capitals.