The Pittsburgh Penguins made mistakes early, but were able to come back from 2 goals down in the 3rd period to tie the game and ultimately win in a shootout, final 5-4. This game was certainly not a thing of beauty, but from a fan’s point of view, it was great game to watch. Montreal got things started with a goal off a crazy bouce by Lars Ellar :34 seconds into the game. Kris Letang was able to get one past Budaj, to tie things up about 4 minutes later. Montreal scored right back a minute later on a rebound shot by Erik Cole. Habs up 2-1.
Montreal gets a power play goal to start the second period by Kostitsyn, which made the game 3-1. Dustin Jefffrey gets a shorty tap in to make the game 3-2 about 4 minutes later. Montreal was able to get one more during the second period with 9 minutes left from Max Pacioretty. To this point, the Habs had scored 4 goals on just 14 shots. The defense had let Fleury down a couple of times and Marc Andre had given up a soft goal to go along with the defensive let downs. The Canadiens too advantage of their opportunities to this point.
Dustin Jeffrey got his second goal of the night on a lightning wrist shot, just passed Budaj to make the game 4-3 just 4 minutes into the Third Period. Then the defense stepped up, and Fleury played strong the rest of the period, and Malkin rewarded both with a game equalizer with less than 3 minutes left in the period. Pens continued to pound away at Budaj, but he held strong for the rest of the period and through the overtime. The game went to a shoot out where Fleury stood tall, and the Best Player on the Planet stood tall and ripped one past Budaj. Montreal did have a shot remaining, but was not able to put it passed The Flower, and the Pens were able to escape with the 2 points and the 5th straight win.
The Penguins out shot the Canadiens 38-29 and out hit them 37-27. I would like to add, it was pointed out that the league may look at a Possible slew foot by Matt Cooke in the Rangers game last night. If they do in fact look into that, please make sure someone shows them video of the Subban Slew Foot from tonight. It was not called just like last night. Those that want to point out how dirty Cooke has been in the past, please include Subban in that same category. This is a move he is continually using, and it is extremely dangerous. Either fine them both or neither one. In my opinion, fine them both an equal amount.
The Penguins will be back at it on Sunday when they will take on the Capitals at home at 12:30 pm on NBC.
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