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Second period ends in scrum

The Penguins missed a couple of prime scoring chances — and an opportunity to break a scoreless tie — in the final minutes of the second period of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at Bell Center.

They took out their frustration on the Canadiens as time expired.

Sidney Crosby missed a wrister from the right circle and Evgeni Malkin a shot from the slot on a power play with 2.6 seconds remaining. Montreal defenseman Hal Gill was called for holding with 11.7 seconds left.

Following a faceoff, Crosby fell near the net and remained on his knees, holding his helmet. When Montreal defenseman Roman Hamrlik skated toward Crosby and bumped the Penguins captain, Malkin and winger Chris Kunitz came to Crosby’s defense and started a wild scrum.

Kunitz grabbed Hamrlik. Malkin tangled with Brian Gionta, Crosby with Scott Gomez and Kris Letang with Josh Gorges.

For their part, Letang and Gorges drew two-minute roughing penalties.

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