The Habs came out with lots of energy early on in Tuesday’s game but were
unable to capitalize then or at any other point in the game, falling 2-0 to
Pittsburgh in Game 3. The game was scoreless until the 3rd when Evgeni
Malkin scored a PPG, Pascal Dupuis added an empty netter late. Marc-Andre
Fleury had by far his best game of the series, making the key saves when he
needed to while Jaroslav Halak was once again solid for the Habs.
HW 3 Stars of the Night:
1) Brian Gionta: He was the one player who seemed to be able to make
things happen offensively on a regular basis in this one. Nearly 40% of
Montreal’s shots came from him tonight, almost 30% of shot attempts were from
Statline: 0 points, -2 rating, 7 shots (10 attempts – both team
highs), 2 hits, 21:28 TOI
2) P.K. Subban: This was the first time since his recall that he
started to tire towards the end of the game, but a solid effort nonetheless.
His poise with the puck proved handy several times, though the forwards didn’t
do much of a job taking advantage unfortunately.
Statline: 0 points, -2 rating, 1 shots, 2 hits, 22:09 TOI (defence
3) Maxim Lapierre: If it weren’t for the penalties, I’d have put him
2nd tonight. I liked the physical presence and the hustle, especially
early on; I think it led to the early momentum in the 1st period. However,
it seemed to disappear towards the end of the game, he’ll need to sustain it for
Statline: 0 points, even rating, 6 PIMS, 1 shot, 2 hits, 2/7 faceoffs,
HM) Andrei Kostitsyn: When you’re benched, you need to keep things
simple when you get your chance and earn your ice time. Tonight, he did
that and as a result will probably be on the top-2 lines for Thursday’s game 4.
A quality bounce back effort.
Statline: 0 points, even rating, 4 hits (tied team high), 2 takeaways
(tied team high), 11:16 TOI
Stat of the Night: A lot of fans were upset that Ben Maxwell played in
Game 2 and were happy to see Glen Metropolit return for tonight’s game.
However, when that position (4th line C) is only playing a handful of minutes
per game, you better be winning your faceoffs. Metropolit, to put it
gently, isn’t. He was 0/2 tonight and now 3/19 in the playoffs, a whopping