Jeff Petry scored at 13:57 of time beyond regulation, Carey Value made 39 saves, and the underdog Montreal Canadiens shocked the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday to open their best-of-five qualifying spherical sequence because the NHL raised the curtain on the restart to its pandemic-halted season.
Petry picked up a unfastened puck in the correct face-off circle and ripped a shot via Murray earlier than being mobbed by teammates on Saturday night time.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki had the objectives in regulation for Montreal, the Japanese Convention’s No. 12 seed within the league’s 24-team resumption of play.
Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust replied for Pittsburgh, the No. 5 seed within the East. The Penguins will look to rebound in Monday’s Recreation 2.
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Matt Murray stopped 32 photographs inside an empty Scotiabank Enviornment in Toronto because the league returned following a 142-day absence after COVID-19 floor the game — and far of society — to a halt some four half months in the past.
Jonathan Drouin had an opportunity to win it for Montreal earlier in time beyond regulation on a penalty shot when he was held on a breakaway, however the puck rolled off the top of his stick and dribbled vast.