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Penguins solve Canadiens' penalty kill

Posted on: April 30, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 11:13 pm
By Erin Brown

It did not take long for the Pittsburgh Penguins to unravel the mystery behind the Montreal Canadiens penalty kill.

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.

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