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Letang Achieves Milestone, Montreal Beats Pens 5-1



PITTSBURGH – Penguins defenseman Kris Letang made team history when he passed Hall-of-Famer Paul Coffey with a second-period assist to become the highest-scoring blueliner for the franchise.

Though the milestone was nice, they needed a lot more production than that from all sources.

Paul Byron scored a pair of goals — including the eventual game-winner midway through the first period — and chipped in an assist on Joel Armia’s shorthanded tally late in the second frame as the Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1) ended a five-game skid against the Penguins and a four-game drought at PPG Paints Arena with a 5-1 victory.

Penguins defensive pairing Olli Maatta and Jack Johnson were on the ice for both of the Canadiens two first-period goals that helped Montreal open up a 4-0 lead before Riley Sheahan beat Carey Price with a backhand rebound at 17:10 of the second period to avert a shutout.

On the first, Johnson turned the puck over at the Penguins blue line, which led to a quick two-on-one the other way. Tomas Tatar then set up Brendan Gallagher for an easy wrist shot that beat Matt Murray at 11:08.

Byron made it look a little easier as he split Matta and Johnson for a mini breakaway from 45 feet in and beat Murray 1-on-1 for the Canadiens second goal in 4:48. He then set up Armia on the shorthanded goal that put the Habs up 4-0 and put the game out of reach.

Sheahan scored late in the second period, but Montreal answered at 10:08 of the third when Charles Hudon scored on a left-to-right wraparound to beat Murray and give the Canadiens a 5-1 edge.

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3 years ago

Pretty hockey was a fail tonight.
Murray has not been sharp by any means However, it would help if the d-men in front of him would get their noses dirty to help him out and clear some space for him. Maatta could have done a lil more on the 2nd goal. Maatta didn’t commit the turnover, but his effort was little in trying to hook or impede the skater.
2nd line has been a dud.
The excuse that it’s early in the season will fade quickly. Team D is a problem. Go Pens!