When the opponents tried to widen their approach, the second line countered by filling all corridors in the neutral zone and stopping the Pittsburgh approach dead in its tracks. In the defensive zone, Danault had clearly given himself the mission to stop his counterpart from making plays as quickly as he could. One sequence in particular stood out.
They will play Montreal and Chicago respectively in the next round. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Artturi Lehkonen flipped a shot past Tristan Jarry with 4:11 remaining to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a stunning 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, clinching their first playoff berth in three years. Paul Byron took advantage of a Pittsburgh turnover, darted behind the Penguins net and then slipped a pass to Lehkonen in front. The 25-year-old Lehkonen found enough space between four Pittsburgh players to slip the puck into the open net.