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Pens more powerful than Caps


Maybe it was Washington, after all.
Montreal was lauded for its impressive penalty-killing unit after holding the NHL-best Capitals to one power-play goal in 33 attempts in the first round. The Penguins have scored on the Habs in each of their first two man-advantages in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Jordan Staal gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 13:27 of the first, flipping a pretty wrist shot past goalie Jaroslav Halak’s glove side. Alexei Ponikarovsky and Alex Goligoski assisted.
The power play was set up by a nasty turn of events, following Matt Cooke’s crushing hit on defenseman Andrei Markov on the half-boards. Markov tossed a glove and rolled over in agony after absorbing the blow, and was favoring his right leg when being helped off the ice.
A brawl ensued at center ice, one that saw Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton square off against left wing Travis Moen, and those two along with Canadiens center Scott Gomez drew roughing penalties at 11:46.



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