Canadiens 3, Penguins 2, SO
Even though it took a while, Carey Price and the Montreal
Canadiens finally got a shootout to go their way.
Tomas Plekanec scored on Montreal’s eighth shootout attempt and
Price stopped six of eight in the tiebreaker to lead the Canadiens
to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Price, who recorded his third shutout in a 3-0 win over Winnipeg
on Sunday, denied Jason Williams on Pittsburgh’s final shootout
attempt after making 32 saves during the game.
”Carey was great again tonight,” said Plekanec, who snapped a
shot in off the post. ”He gave us a chance to stay in the game and
he was great again in the shootout. We were able to pay him back
with that performance in the shootout.”
Montreal won for just the second time in nine shootouts this
”We blew two leads but at the end of the day I thought we kept
a really positive attitude on the bench,” Price said.
Rene Bourque put a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury into the top
right corner on the Canadiens’ first attempt.
Evgeni Malkin, who extended his NHL lead to 62 points with an
assist on James Neal’s goal in the third, used a spin-around move
to convert the Penguins’ second attempt.
”I think I almost got a piece of it,” Price said. ”But with
that big, long reach and those hands, he’s got a lot of cats in the
Montreal’s Lars Eller and Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz both scored
in the fifth round.
The Penguins fell to 7-3 in shootouts.
”It was good for the crowd but I was disappointed to lose that
one,” said Fleury, who turned aside five of eight shootout
attempts after making 28 saves in regulation.
Louis Leblanc scored in the second period to put the Canadiens
up 1-0. Eller restored Montreal’s lead at 2-1 with his 11th goal 3
minutes into the third.
Neal scored his 28th goal 7:32 into the third as Pittsburgh
erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the period.
Pascal Dupuis drew Pittsburgh even at 1 early in the third when
he drove the net to score a short-handed goal.
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma called his timeout with a faceoff in
the Canadiens’ zone and 18.3 seconds left in overtime.
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang jumped on Montreal’s P.K. Subban
as time expired after Malkin weathered three straight hits from the
Malkin got a minor for roughing and Canadiens forward Mathieu
Darche was called for interference.
”I was just stepping in for the best player in the world right
now, and the best player in the NHL, so just making sure that we
send a message that they’re not going to touch our players,” said
Letang, who was not penalized.
Price made a pad save on Kunitz’s quick shot 7 minutes into the
second on a setup off a faceoff won by Malkin in Montreal’s
The Canadiens’ goalie lost his bid for a second straight shutout
1:03 into the third when Dupuis was credited with a short-handed
goal that tied it at 1. Joe Vitale’s centering pass from the right
side went in off Dupuis’ right skate as he drove to the net. A
brief video review upheld the call.
Fleury came up with a few big stops of his own, including
against Leblanc on a partial breakaway 13 minutes in. He also
turned aside Plekanec’s shot on a short-handed 3-on-1 early in the
Plekanec was denied by Fleury again when he came out of the
penalty box to take a breakaway pass right after Subban stopped
Malkin’s shot at an otherwise open net. Price was caught out of
position when he fell after coming out to play the puck late in the
Penguins’ power play.
Luck was against Fleury as the Canadiens regained the lead
shortly after Kunitz’s tying goal.
Eller took a shot from the left side just over the blue line
that struck the right post. The puck bounded back off Fleury’s
backside and across the goal line to give Montreal its second
”He had four or five really big saves, really good scoring
chances by their team,” Bylsma said of Fleury. ”They had some
short-handed opportunities, a breakaway coming out of the box there
after the power play – he made a number of huge saves for us and
really stood strong. It was an unfortunate goal for the second one,
but he played a very good game, making some big saves, especially
in the first half of the game to keep it at zero.”
Leblanc scored his third goal 11:21 into the second. It was his
first in four games since he was recalled from AHL Hamilton.
NOTES: Williams was recalled from AHL Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
earlier in the day. He had one goal and one assist in seven games
with Pittsburgh earlier this season. … Canadiens LW Travis Moen
returned after missing five games because of an upper-body injury.
… Montreal D Yannick Weber went to the dressing room after
Kunitz’s check sent him into the boards 3:48 into overtime.