Pens Blank Habs In Game 3, Push The Doubt From Your Mind

Sean GloverContributor IMay 5, 2010

MONTREAL- MAY 4:  Sidney Crosby #87 and Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins discuss a play in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 4, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Penguins defeated the Canadiens 2-0 taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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I went to Uno's with my Dad and Alex Dinsmore to watch the game and Alex and I finished it up in his room. As I said before the game, Montreal came out swinging and Pittsburgh weathered the storm. Pittsburgh started turning it on towards the end of the first period peppering Jaroslav Halak with shot after shot and chance after chance. Then comes the second period. Fleury shined during the second. Turning away shot after shot (again as I had predicted). Granted I didn't think he would have a shutout through 2 periods, but being back home in Montreal I figured he would play well above his best, and his best must be pretty damn good seeing as how it won him a cup. The 4 Montreal natives all had big games, those 4 being, Fleury, Maxime Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, and Kris Letang (Letang in French for those who don't know means "The Tang").

The 3rd period was exactly what the Pens needed to put Game 3 in the bag. They started off with a Power Play goal, which had been criticized for going scoreless in Game 2, as well as they should have, for playing too cute. They simplified their game plan and not 2 minutes into the 3rd they had a 1-0 lead. Then came the hell.

The Pens completely shut down the Montreal offense. They played a majority of the remainder of the 3rd in the Montreal zone. And to cap it off, Fleury ended the game with a shutout and the Pens buried the empty net goal with 15 seconds left. And who scores the empty netter other than Pascal Dupuis? Rightful ending to this one.

As Mike Lange said "And ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has just left the building" I thought to myself, these are the Pens that everyone doubts, as soon as they drop 1 game? The same Pens that won the Stanley Cup a little under a year ago? Come on folks. Let's face it, these Penguins have seen just about everything, from being down 2-0 in a series, to being down 3-0 with seconds left in the 2nd and have come back from it all. It all goes back to what Tom Grimm from the 105.9 HD 2 Penguins Live Radio Show has to say, "Trust experience, respect a champion." Not that I care, or that the Pens care, but I feel a lack of respect for a team that greatly deserves it.