The Penguins are owned by Mario Lemieux, the Montreal-born hockey legend, and their line-up boasts four players from Quebec.
Penguins plan to make themselves at home in Montreal
The Pittsburgh Penguins might feel more at home than the typical visitors to the Bell Centre for their play-off game against the Canadiens. The Penguins are owned by Mario Lemieux, the Montreal-born hockey legend, and their line-up boasts four player from Quebec, including Marc-Andre Fleury, the goalkeeper; Kris Letang in defence and Maxime Talbot and Pascal Dupuis, both forwards. And Sidney Crosby, their captain, is a native of Nova Scotia and honed his French while playing junior hockey in Rimouski, Quebec.
So they expected a fair share of the local support when they took the ice last night for third game of their Eastern Conference semi-final. "We felt like all of Quebec was behind the Penguins last year," said Talbot, who brought the Stanley Cup home after scoring both goals in Pittsburgh's Cup-clinching 2-1 win in the seventh game of the final in Detroit. Despite the Penguins' popularity in the province, the Canadiens were welcomed as conquering heroes by yet another sold-out crowd.
Montreal evened the second-round series at 1-1 on Sunday. Jaroslav Halak rebounded from being pulled from Friday's loss and frustrated the Penguins with save after save. The series stays in Montreal for tomorrow's game 4. * AP