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The second period has been a shootout.
The Penguins started the second period at a disadvantage, with Chris Kunitz in the penalty box after a cross-checking penalty in the 20th minute of the first period of their Eastern Conference semifinal with Montreal.
The Canadiens fired five shots on goal in the first 4:08, blistering Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with scoring attempts. Fleury responded with one fantastic save after another, going full butterfly to stop a Tomas Plekanec point-blank shot.
The Penguins responded with an assault of their own, and Jaroslav Halak was game. He made a pad save of a Matt Cooke wrister from the left circle and stopped Evgeni Malkin on a two-on-one breakaway with Sidney Crosby.
Fleury might have made the best save so far, blocking one shot with his chest and then flopping onto his stomach and swiping a loose puck out of the crease with the backhand blade of his stick.
After combining for 15 shots in the first period, the teams already have 30 attempts midway through the second.



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