A game that featured a total of 21 players registering a point, the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to escape Montreal Saturday night by beating the Canadiens 7-6 in an overtime thriller.
A score that unfathomably teeter-tottered throughout the match, Brandon Sutter potted the game-winner 52 seconds into overtime for Pittsburgh and gave the team a win they most definitely needed.
Head Coach Dan Bylsma questionably decided to roll with Tomas Vokoun as his starting goaltender Saturday night, knowing Vokoun had allowed 10 goals in his last two starts.
He was able to get the win, but Vokoun didn’t look any better.
Surrendering six goals and stopping 29 on 35 shots, Vokoun did play just a little better however than his counterpart Carey Price, who allowed seven.
Making the saves when the team needed them, Vokoun now improves to 4-3-0 on the year with a 3.61 goals against average and a .883 save percentage.
Sutter, Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke all had two goals on the night. Kunitz was the only one of those three to also have registered an assist.
Sidney Crosby had another three point night as he logged one goal and a couple helpers to add to his reputation of playing well in Montreal. Crosby now sits alone atop the NHL in points with 34 (10G, 24A), two ahead of Steven Stamkos.
Kris Letang played the catalyst role on a lot of Penguin tallies recording four assists while making a huge impact defensively Saturday night.
But he probably was the lone bright spot for Pittsburgh defensively this game.
Coverage breakdowns and lazy forechecking on the defensive side undoubtedly led to a lot of Montreal’s bizarre goals on the night. Seems as though the Pens have a hard time staying consistent on defense.
The team did play without defenseman Paul Martin, who suffered a lower-body injury in the previous matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Mark Eaton was welcomed back to the organization and slotted into Martin’s vacancy. He was left scoreless on the stat sheet.
Still no word as to when Evgeni Malkin will return, but the team seems to still have that scoring swagger night in and night out.
The offense will inevitably be displayed Monday when Tampa Bay comes into Pittsburgh.
The Pens play the Lightning Monday in the CONSOL Energy Center at 7:30 p.m.