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Staying alive!

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:39 AM

Associated Press

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Staying alive!
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Montréal Canadiens 4

MONTREAL (AP) -Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period and Jaroslav Spacek netted the go-ahead tally 2:30 later for the Montreal Canadiens, who forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Maxim Lapierre also scored 11:03 into the third to give Montreal a 4-2 lead.

Bill Guerin deflected Sergei Gonchar's slap shot from the right point past Jaroslav Halak with 1:24 remaining to draw Pittsburgh within one. But the Canadiens held on to set up Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Halak stopped 34 shots for the eighth-seeded Canadiens, who came back to beat Washington in the first round after falling into a 3-1 series hole against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals.

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in seven games in the first period. Crosby earned an assist for his 19th point in 12 games when Kris Letang scored for a second game in a row early in the second.

That made it 2-1 for the Penguins, who had closed out five straight playoff series with a road win.

Cammalleri, who opened the scoring 1:13 in, drew the Canadiens even 10:45 into the middle period when he put a backhand past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the slot for his second of the game. He has 11 goals in 13 games.

Spacek, who returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a virus, drove a slap shot from the point past Fleury at 13:15 to touch off a thunderous ovation from the crowd.

Fleury made 21 saves.

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Game 7 could prove to be the final game at Mellon Arena, the Penguins' longtime home. The defending Stanley Cup champions, who haven't lost a playoff series since falling to Detroit in six games in the 2008 Stanley Cup finals, will move into the new Consol Energy Center next season.

Shutdown defenseman Hal Gill was unable to play for Montreal after he was forced to leave Saturday night's game. Gill, who skated in pregame warmups, was cut on the back of his left leg by former teammate Chris Kunitz's skate in the Canadiens' 2-1 loss in Pittsburgh in Game 5.

Cammalleri opened the scoring when he took Tomas Plekanec's return pass and fired a shot past Fleury from the right circle.

Crosby, who hadn't scored since extending his first-round streak to four games in Game 5 against Ottawa, tied it at 7:22 when he batted a puck out of the air past Halak.

Letang gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead on a power play 5:21 into the second when his shot from the slot trickled through Halak for his fifth goal.

NOTES: The Penguins lost to Montreal 2-1 in their first game at Mellon Arena - then named the Civic Center - on Oct. 11, 1967. ... Cammalleri's 11 goals are the most by a Canadiens player in the playoffs since Vincent Damphousse scored 11 in 20 games when Montreal last won the Stanley Cup in 1993. ... Canadiens D Andrei Markov missed his fifth game since hurting his right knee in the series opener.

See also:
Seventh Heaven
The Numbers Game - May 10, 2010 
The general public invited to watch the decisive game in HD at the Bell Centre  

scoring summary
1st Period
01:13
MTL
Mike Cammalleri (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (6), Andrei Kostitsyn (4)
1 - 0 MTL
07:22
PIT
Sidney Crosby (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Eaton (3), Chris Kunitz (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:21
PIT
PPG - Kris Letang (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (13), Sergei Gonchar (9)
2 - 1 PIT
10:45
MTL
Mike Cammalleri (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Andrei Kostitsyn (5), Roman Hamrlik (5)
2 - 2 Tie
13:15
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek (1) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Gomez (8), Brian Gionta (5)
3 - 2 MTL
3rd Period
11:03
MTL
Maxim Lapierre (3) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 MTL
18:36
PIT
Bill Guerin (4) Tip-in - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (10), Alex Goligoski (6)
4 - 3 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:17
MTL
Glen Metropolit  Too many men/ice - bench
09:04
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Roughing against  Brooks Orpik
09:42
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Interference against  Travis Moen
2nd Period
02:00
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Holding against  Alex Goligoski
04:20
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Interference against  Chris Kunitz
19:26
PIT
Matt Cooke  Tripping against  Josh Gorges
3rd Period
03:12
MTL
Dominic Moore  Cross checking against  Jordan Leopold
06:21
PIT
Matt Cooke  Interference against  Dominic Moore
20:00
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Cross checking against  Tomas Plekanec
20:00
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
7-5-0
SA: 25TOI: 59:18
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .840SH: 1 - 1
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .919SH: 0 - 0