Habs offence comes up short as Penguins even series with 3-1 win
Montreal Canadiens centre Jordan Weal (43) misses a pass as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) and Penguins defenceman John Marino (6) look on during third period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
TORONTO -- Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel scored for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night to tie the best-of-five qualifying series at one game apiece.
Crosby beat Montreal's Carey Price early in the first period and Zucker tallied with about five minutes left in the third. Jesperi Kotkaniemi ended Matt Murray's shutout bid with 2:09 left and Guentzel sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
The Canadiens opened the series with a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday but were flat from the start in Game 2 and never recovered.
Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena.
The Penguins controlled the early offensive play and Price had to be sharp right away, denying Zucker after he was sent in alone a few minutes into the game.
Pittsburgh kept the pressure on and was rewarded when Guentzel's cross-ice pass found Crosby streaking down the left wing. The Penguins captain snapped the puck between Price's legs at 4:25.