TASS, 2 Aug. “Montreal” won “Pittsburgh” in overtime with the score 3:2 in the first match of the preliminary round of the playoffs of the National hockey League (NHL). The meeting was held in Toronto without an audience.
The winners of the distinguished Jespere Kotkaniemi (12-I minute), Nick Suzuki (27) and Geoff Petrie (74). The losers washers on account of Sidney Crosby (30) and Brian Rust (33). Russian forward “Pittsburgh” Evgeni Malkin spent on the ice 25 minutes and 15 seconds, making 8 shots.
In this meeting twice was not implemented bullet: 57 minutes failed to beat the goalkeeper to the striker “Pittsburgh” Conor Shiri, in overtime (67 min) failed to score the forward of “Montreal” Jonathan Drouhin. For the first time since March 29, 1923, in the match of the playoffs the NHL made its way two penalty shots, then it happened in the first game of the finals between the “Ottawa” and “Edmonton”.
The next game of the preliminary round of the playoffs, teams will play 4 Aug. The series goes to three victories.
Structure the final part of the NHL season
Teams taking the first four places in their conferences, are divided into two groups. They will play a round Robin tournament to determine seeding numbers. The winners will meet at each subsequent stage, with teams having the lowest rating of the remaining in the draw. Another 16 clubs playing the qualification round for the right to get to the quarterfinals of the conference.
In the Cup of Stanley will be the traditional 16 teams, the series will be held up to four victories.
Meetings take two arenas. Teams Eastern conference play in Toronto, West Edmonton. The final series of the Stanley Cup will be in Edmonton.