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The Montreal Canadiens pulled the upset of the Stanley Cup playoffs, becoming the ninth No. 8 seed in NHL history to defeat the top team and the first to do so by rallying from a 3-1 series deficit.
That prevented a potential Eastern Conference final showdown between superstar captains Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who couldn’t find the words to explain the stunning collapse, or his scoring touch when it mattered most.
So, the Penguins play host to the Canadiens, who have the hottest goalie in the game in Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 131 of 134 shots in the final three games of the first-round series against Washington.
While Halak was standing on his head, the Canadiens were laying down to block shots, strategy they will employ against the Pens.
Meantime, Montreal will have its hands full for the second consecutive series. After keeping Ovechkin in check with five goals and 10 points, the Canadiens have to face another Hart Trophy finalist in Crosby.
But beating the Penguins is not as simple as stopping Sid.
That’s because they are spreading the scoring wealth with 12 players accounting for 24 goals in the first-round series against Ottawa.
The Penguins also are producing on an improvedpower play.
Don’t just take my word for it.
Here’s a piece by The Piece, as former Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi gives his own series breakdown.



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