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Pens Win, But Suffer Huge Loss


After an unbelievable series against the Washington Capitals, the Montreal Canadiens had one day off before they took on the defending Stanley Cup Champions at Mellon Arena. A huge upset against the Caps had some thinking that they would walk through the Pens on adrenaline alone, but that did not prove to be the case in the Pens 6-3 win over the team who eliminated the President’s Trophy winners.

In their series against the Caps, the Habs killed off 32 of 33 penalties against the best power play unit in the regular season. Jaroslav Halak has been on fire making stops one would see coming out of legends like Patrick Roy or Dominic Hasek. Four of the Pens six goals came on the power play, so what happened to that exquisite penalty kill? Halak was pulled in favor of Carey Price, where was that incredible goaltending?

Its no secret that a team can lose game one and then come back in the series, hell it has been seen a lot in this year’s playoffs alone. Do the Pens have the fire power to keep this one lit under the Habs? Do the Habs have enough energy to conquer two high intensity teams? They will both have to try, short handed.

Selke finalist Jordan Staal, who is a key to their penalty killing unit left the ice limping after an awkward collision with rookie defensmen PK Subban. Fans reported seeing Staal leave the arena on crutches, and it was rumored to be a high ankle sprain. Following the game, Coach Bylsma stated that the injury was undisclosed and that Staal would be further evaluated. According to reports from TSN.ca this morning, Staal underwent surgery following the game to repair a severed tendon in his ankle and will miss the remainder of the season.

This injury is the same injury that sidelined Andrei Markov for 35 games at the beginning of the regular season. Last night, Markov left the game as well, but for a different reason. After receiving a hard, clean, check from Pens forward Matt Cooke he stayed down for a bit before getting helped off the ice. The Canadiens have confirmed that Markov has returned home to receive treatment for a lower-body injury. No word on if and when he will return.

How does this play out for both teams? Staal has never missed a game do to injury, and will have extremely large shoes to fill. Teammates will need to step up in his absence, but it is a little early to assume their championship chances are out the window. Markov, who has missed several games due to injury, is considered one of Montreal’s star defensemen. When out during the regular season, the Habs went 14-20-3

UPDATE: COACH DAN BYLSMA SAID TODAY THAT DESPITE TSN’S REPORTS THAT STAAL WOULD BE DONE FOR THE SEASON, HE IS LISTED AS DAY TO DAY AND COULD POSSIBLY RETURN SOMETIME IN THE PLAYOFFS.

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  1. May 1, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Go Habs.

    I still think MTL in 6

    I hope

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