It’s always a good omen when you outshoot your opponent by 20. It certainly was last night as Pittsburgh threw 41 pucks at Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price en route to a well-deserved 3-2 victory.
Pascal Dupuis, promoted to the first line for the game, scored the game-winner on a hard slap shot with 6:39 remaining. I think it’s fair to say the Penguins played a very solid road game, especially when you consider the Habs were riding a three-game winning streak.
But I’m sure the talk in Montreal after the game focused less on Price’s 38 saves or the meager 21 shots the Canadiens produced and more on the blown call by referee Chris Lee. In case you missed it, Lee waved off an obvious Montreal goal with 5:52 left when he lost sight of the puck. Fortunately for the Penguins, he was about the only one in the arena that failed to notice the puck was NOT covered by Marc-Andre Fleury. The tally would have tied the game and may have forced OT.
This was the second time in a week the Pens have been the beneficiaries of such a call. Colorado’s T.J. Galiardi had a goal waved off in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 victory last Thursday. I’m not one to complain when bounces like this go our way, but there’s no doubt the Penguins got lucky on both of those calls. You also have to hope Pittsburgh isn’t on the receiving end of a similar call in a crucial game down the line. Bottom line: You expect the referee to be in a better position on plays like those. It’s their job.
If you read the last post – the first under Pens Labyrinth’s new management – you would have noticed our poll question, “What is wrong with the Pens’ power play?” After going 0-for-5 in Montreal, the team needs to come up with an answer soon. Ranking near the bottom of the league in conversion percentage is almost beyond comprehension. Maybe a healthy Alex Goligoski can turn things around.