After the Pittsburgh Penguins registered 39 shots on goal in what was a Game 2 Eastern Conference Semi final loss Pittsburgh veteran forward Bill Guerin told the media that now is not the time to get frustrated.
The defending Stanley Cup champions who are playing the Montreal Canadiens showed plenty of that frustration on Sunday afternoon in losing 3-1. “We can’t get frustrated,” Guerin who scored 21 goals this season said. “We have to believe in what we are doing. I think we gave ourselves a chance. We had a lot of zone time, a lot of shots and a lot of quality shots, and we had the power-play opportunities. So there shouldn’t be frustration.”
While it’s true that Pittsburgh did generate lots of scoring opportunities and outshot Montreal 39-21, the fact remains that Pittsburgh fell victim of the hottest post- season goalie in Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak. Other Game 2 downfalls include having trouble containing the hot Mike Cammalleri who scored twice for Montreal and now leads all playoff scorers with eight. After executing for four power play goals in Game 1 the Pens were shut out on Sunday in three opportunities.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby who was shut out tried to put a positive spin on the Game 2 loss. “We got more shots, like we wanted to,” Crosby said. “As a whole, we got the puck to the net and got some good chances; more than we did last game. The only difference was power play-wise we didn’t execute as well.”
Game 3 will be on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. from the Bell Centre in Montreal.