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Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, August 3, 2020
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Francis Charron, Chris Lee
Linesmen: Derek Amell, Bryan Pancich
Attendance: N/A

Jason Zucker's third-period goal stood as the winner Monday as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 to even their qualifying round series in Toronto.

The teams have split the first two games of the best-of-five series. Game 3 is Wednesday.

Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel also scored for Pittsburgh, which broke a string of seven straight postseason losses. The Penguins' previous playoff win came against Washington, 3-1 in Game 4 of the 2018 Eastern Conference second round.

Matt Murray made 27 saves for the Penguins. There was some speculation that Murray, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, would be replaced in the Penguins' net by Tristan Jarry after Murray lost for the ninth time in his past 10 postseason starts in Game 1.

Jesper Kotkaniemi scored for Montreal, and Carey Price made 35 saves.

The Penguins entered this revamped postseason format as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Montreal is seeded 12th, the final spot in the East.

Early in the first, Teddy Blueger had a chance to give Pittsburgh the lead with a breakaway, but Price stopped his backhand shot.

Crosby made it 1-0 at 4:25 of the first. From below the left hash marks, he snapped the puck between Carey's pads.

That gave Crosby 188 career postseason points, moving him into a tie for eighth all-time in the NHL with Doug Gilmour and Joe Sakic.

Murray preserved the lead in the second period when he got a glove on a tip attempt by the Canadiens' Joel Armia. He came up big again in the first minute of the third period, getting his right arm on a rising shot by Tomas Tatar off a Montreal two-on-one.

Zucker made it 2-0 at 14:41 of the third. Off a pass from Conor Sheary in the right circle, Zucker one-timed the puck high past Price.

Kotkaniemi spoiled Murray's bid for a seventh career shutout when he scored on a rebound with 2:10 left in regulation to pull Montreal to within 2-1.

Guentzel sealed it with an empty-netter with 9.2 seconds left.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Montreal   Pittsburgh
Jesperi Kotkaniemi 1 Points Jake Guentzel 2
Jesperi Kotkaniemi 1 Goals Jake Guentzel 1
Artturi Lehkonen 1 Assists Conor Sheary 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carey Price .946 Save Percentage Matt Murray .963
Carey Price 35 Saves Matt Murray 26
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 27 1 0-3 5-5 14 26
Pittsburgh 38 3 0-5 3-3 8 31
Upcoming Games
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Montreal. The Penguins have a W/L % of .590 after a win and .567 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .469 after a win and .410 after a loss.