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Pens set furious pace

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After taking only three shots in the first period in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Montreal Tuesday night at Bell Centre the Penguins came out guns ablaze.

They fired 15 shots on net, to the Canadiens’ 6.

More to the point, the Penguins also had 10 attempts blocked and six others that missed their target. Montreal had two shots blocked and one miss.

Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke took three shots each, as the Penguins set a furious tempo by taking the play to the Canadiens’ end early after falling into a 1-0 deficit.

Here’s another important statistical line: one Penguins center played 3:26 of ice time on six shifts, taking one shot, having another blocked, with one hit, one takeaway while going 2-0 on face-offs.

It belongs to Jordan Staal, who made a surprising return from surgery Friday night to repair a severed tendon in his right big toe.

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