The Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Montreal Canadiens to take a 2-1 lead in their National Hockey League second-round series, while the San Jose Sharks moved within one win of advancing to the Western Conference finals.
The Penguins and Canadiens were scoreless until Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 76 seconds into the third period. Pascal Dupuis followed with an empty-net score 15 seconds from the end to secure a 2-0 win for the defending Stanley Cup champions at the Bell Center in Montreal.
In the other semifinal game played last night, the San Jose Sharks, the top seed in the Western Conference, beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime to take a 3-0 lead in that best-of-seven series.
San Jose never led until Patrick Marleau scored 7:07 into overtime at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The Red Wings led 2-0 until four seconds from the end of the first period when Devin Setoguchi scored for the Sharks after Tomas Holmstrom and Daniel Cleary got goals for the home team.
Henrik Zetterberg made it 3-1 for the Red Wings 1:42 into the second period. Joe Thornton cut the deficit to a goal 6:42 into the third period and Logan Couture forced overtime with 6:43 to play.
The eighth-seeded Canadiens host the Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tomorrow, when the Sharks will try to eliminate the Red Wings in Detroit.
Today, the Boston Bruins will seek to open a 3-0 lead at the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference and the Chicago Blackhawks will visit the Vancouver Canucks with their Western Conference series tied at one game apiece.