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Penguins Sloppy, Survive to Get Point in 5-4 OT Loss to Canadiens

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Pittsburgh Penguins Lose OT, Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL — The Pittsburgh Penguins (6-6-3) had a pair of third period leads, but neither lasted one minute. The Penguins squandered three leads to the Montreal Canadiens (8-6-1), including allowing a game-tying goal just 42 seconds after taking a late third-period lead.

Montreal winger Mike Hoffman roofed a shot off the rush one minute into OT. Montreal beat the Penguins 5-4 at the Bell Centre on Saturday, but the Penguins have points in three straight (2-0-1).

After two periods, Montreal outshot the Penguins 26-12, and the Penguins hung onto the lead with their fingertips. The third period featured a lot more shots, but Montreal still doubled the Penguins 39-20 with only a few minutes left. The regulation shot clock was 40-23 in Montreal’s favor. 

The Penguins had a couple of chances to win the game.

“I think, for the most part, any time you get five out of six points out of three games on the road, I think most coaches would probably take that,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “When it’s there for you to get six, it’s a little bit disappointing.”

Jeff Carter fed Brock McGinn (4) for a satisfying go-ahead goal with five minutes remaining. McGinn has goals in three straight games and has been one of the Penguins’ best forwards.

However, Kris Letang was given an interference minor just before McGinn’s goal, and Sean Monahan neatly tucked a rebound behind Tristan Jarry to tie the game with four minutes remaining.

The Penguins limped to overtime and barely lasted a minute before losing.

Early in the third period, the Penguins struck quickly. Jason Zucker raced nearly 200 feet to win a puck battle. He promptly passed to Evgeni Malkin in the slot. Malkin (7) backhanded it past Allen for their first short-lived lead.

Just 50 seconds later, Montreal again scrambled the Penguins on the rush. Jake Guentzel swatted the puck away from the net but right to Cole Caufield (9), who swatted it into the net.

Montreal had the jump on the Penguins from the beginning of the game. Montreal was a step, maybe two, ahead of the Penguins in the first period. The goal sequence highlighted Montreal’s full-speed attack.

Montreal winger Evgenii Dadonov walked defenseman Jeff Petry on the left wing for a good scoring chance. As the play unfolded, Josh Anderson (4) beat Tristan Jarry with a 52-foot wrist shot.

There was some traffic in front of Jarry, but it was as soft as 52-foot wrister sounds.

Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry helped the Penguins get square in the opening minutes of the second period. Anderson took a tripping penalty that was officially scored at the end of the first period.

“We got some timely goals, and that helped us, but I think we were in the D-zone a lot tonight,” Jarry said. “There was a lot of pressure on us there and they got pucks down low and pucks to the net. I think timely goals kept us in the game, and ultimately we want to be on the other side of it.”

Near the end of the Penguins’ power play to begin the second period, Petry (3) skated the puck below the goal line, and his centering pass deflected behind Montreal goalie Jake Allen.

Less than two minutes later, Rickard Rakell (6) deflected Marcus Pettersson’s point shot. The Penguins went from being outplayed in the first to an early second-period lead in less than four minutes.

But they were again badly outplayed for the remainder of the second period.

After allowing the softy in the first period, Jarry was stellar in the second. Montreal outshot the Penguins 19-8 in the period, and it seemed like a lot more. Jarry made several sparkling saves, including a harrowing kick save on a one-timer by Cole Caufield in the middle of the period.

Sidney Crosby did not have a shot on goal in the first two periods and passed on two glorious chances in the second. He finished with one shot. Crosby still needs one point to move past Bryan Trottier and into sole possession of 17th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. They are tied at 1,425.

Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman P.O Joseph missed his second consecutive game after suffering a lower-body injury against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Sullivan termed the injury nagging. Kasperi Kapanen returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games. Filip Hallander was scratched due to illness.

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DaGama
DaGama
18 days ago

Not sure why 71 was still on the ice for Montreal’s game winning rush. Seemed like he had plenty of time to switch.

Last edited 18 days ago by DaGama
Alan Smith
18 days ago
Reply to  DaGama

He really was the cause of the goal by not getting back!

Wasnt
18 days ago

What’s up with Sid??

Pete
Pete
18 days ago
Reply to  Wasnt

Absolutely. He was doing a Kapenan imitation tonight. Invisible!

Alan Smith
18 days ago
Reply to  Wasnt

Full moon and hurricane showers overhead! Different since Rust and Rakell switched!

JICS
18 days ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

Rust does not click on top line with Sid and Guentzel, but Rakell does. Rust clicks with Malkin and that’s where he should be, for many reasons.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
18 days ago

1. Where has Sid gone off to?
2. They need a body to stand in front of the net on powerplays. That guy is not on this roster.
3. Let’s blame Geno.

Alan Smith
18 days ago

Sorry but 3 on 3 is the biggest joke in all of sports! Play your butts off for three hours and go to a game of horse shoes to decide who wins! Complete insult to a great effort and game! It has nothing to do with the true outcome! Oh yeah you get a point be happy!

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
18 days ago

Is Jarry the one ???

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
18 days ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

He told the media after the game he has been dealing with some sort of illness.

Phil
Phil
18 days ago

This fan base is at it again. Blaming geno for everything! Its ridiculous some look for any reason to vilify 71 or 58. Geno has been playing well the last few games. And to blame him for tonight’s overtime loss is literally the definition of ignorance! Alot of things happened in this game for Montreal to push overtime. One day this fan base will appreciate Evgeni malkin and everything he has done for the Pittsburgh penguins organization. Any real penguins fan appreciates geno and realizes that hes still very much an elite player and were lucky to have him. Oh… Read more »

JICS
18 days ago
Reply to  Phil

No! No! & No!

Phil
Phil
17 days ago
Reply to  JICS

Malkin stats through 15 games. Pts 16 Goals 7 Assists 9 5 vs 5 point leaders 11 Seriously it’s just vilification you people have no objective statistical analysis. It’s pure hatred towards a player this fan base owes it’s great fortune too. 32 teams in this league the percentage to win a cup goes down for every team one day you will appreciate Evgeni malkin and kris letang. Winning cups doesn’t happen everyday we are very fortunate fan base. Instead of showing appreciation you vilify and hate players we owe everything too. Cause malkin was a big reason we won… Read more »

Last edited 17 days ago by Phil
ric jefferies
ric jefferies
18 days ago

2 words of advice for the Penguins and the fix: sports psychologist . Please coach Sullivan do not speak after games anymore it only makes the pain of losing worse.

Clyde
Clyde
18 days ago

Crosby needs to shoot more. A player with his skill should score more goals. Also it seems like when they get a lead they take the foot off the gas on defense and let the other team charge them. They know it’s coming but they let the other go right at them with little resistance.