Halak rediscovers his magic

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby showed his exasperation by slamming his stick against the net as the Penguins were turned aside again and again by Jaroslav Halak on Sunday. Turns out, it's not just Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals the Canadiens are capable of frustrating — and beating.

Halak made 38 saves and Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh and eighth goals of the playoffs as Montreal tied the East semi­final at 1 with a 3-1 victory.

Halak was pulled after allowing five goals on 20 shots in Game 1. But after Matt Cooke put Pittsburgh up 1-0 4:38 in, he played much like he did while stopping 131 of 134 shots in the final three games against Washington.

The Penguins outshot the Canadiens 39-21. But Crosby didn't score for the second straight game despite skating some shifts with fellow star Evgeni Malkin.

"They were a little bit more aggressive in the neutral zone and in their zone," Crosby said. "But that's the playoffs. Everybody has got to adjust."

The Penguins went 4-for-4 on the power play in Game 1. But Sunday, the Canadiens didn't draw a penalty until six seconds left in the second then killed that and two more in the third. The lack of calls contributed to Crosby's frustration, Halak said.

"He's their best player along with Malkin, and they were probably frustrated," Halak said. "But we aren't making the calls. The referees are making the calls."

Canadiens 1 1 1 3
Penguins 1 0 0 1
Series tied at 1

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Cooke 4 (Talbot, Dupuis), 4:38. 2, Montreal, Gionta 4 (Gomez, Pouliot), 15:48. PenaltiesFedotenko, Pit (interference), 9:44.

Second Period3, Montreal, Cammalleri 7 (Subban, Gomez), 7:29 (pp). PenaltiesOrpik, Pit (holding), 7:17; Gill, Mon (interference), 19:54.

Third Period4, Montreal, Cammalleri 8 (Plekanec), 17:06. PenaltiesCammalleri, Mon (high-sticking), 2:22; Bergeron, Mon (holding), 8:41; Adams, Pit, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 17:36. Shots on GoalMontreal 12-3-6—21. Pittsburgh 9-18-12—39. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 1 of 3; Pittsburgh 0 of 3. GoaliesMontreal, Halak 5-3-0 (39 shots-38 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 5-3-0 (21-18). A17,132 (16,940).

Sharks go up 2-0

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton scored his first goal of this postseason with 7:23 left to lift the Sharks past the Red Wings 4-3 for a 2-0 lead in their West semifinal.

Teammate Joe Pavel­ski scored twice, including the tying goal in the third, for his third consecutive multigoal game. The last player to do that in the playoffs was Mario Lemieux in 1992 for the Penguins.

"Whatever planet he's on, I think everyone wants to get on it with him," Thornton said.

Said Pavelski, who has a goal in five consecutive games and nine in the playoffs: "It's good to work hard and get rewarded."

Sharks 2 0 2 4
Red Wings 2 1 0 3
Sharks lead series 2-0

First Period1, Detroit, Datsyuk 6, 6:51. 2, San Jose, Pavelski 8 (Heatley, Marleau), 9:01 (pp). 3, San Jose, Clowe 2 (Pavelski, Murray), 10:32. 4, Detroit, Holmstrom 3 (Franzen, Rafalski), 13:17 (pp). PenaltiesHoward, Det, served by Bertuzzi (slashing), :40; Abdelkader, Det (goaltender interference), 8:29; Heatley, SJ (slashing), 11:24; Datsyuk, Det (cross-checking), 19:13; Marleau, SJ (boarding), 20:00.

Second Period5, Detroit, Lidstrom 4 (Rafalski, Datsyuk), 2:00. PenaltiesBertuzzi, Det (goaltender interference), 6:11; Stuart, Det (interference), 17:03.

Third Period6, San Jose, Pavelski 9 (Heatley, Thornton), 4:40 (pp). 7, San Jose, Thornton 1 (Heatley), 12:37. PenaltiesMurray, SJ (interference), 1:14; Bertuzzi, Det (holding), 3:01; Kronwall, Det (hooking), 3:42; Cleary, Det (slashing), 5:34; Filppula, Det (tripping), 16:05; Heatley, SJ (goaltender interference), 16:16; Detroit bench, served by Holmstrom (too many men), 18:56. Shots on GoalDetroit 7-13-11—31. San Jose 15-12-18—45. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 1 of 4; San Jose 2 of 10. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 4-5-0 (45 shots-41 saves). San Jose, Nabokov 6-2-0 (31-28). A17,562 (17,496).

Bruins: Wing Marco Sturm, who led Boston with 22 goals, is out for the season with a torn ACL and medial collateral ligament in his right knee. He was hurt Saturday.

Halak rediscovers his magic 05/03/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 3, 2010 1:19am]

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