PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins had a better first period than the Montreal Canadiens and a much better third period. However, Montreal scored three goals in the second period which was more than needed to beat the flat Penguins, 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t pleased with the effort, or many facets of his team.
“I thought they outplayed us in the second period, and for me, that was the difference in the game,” Sullivan began the obvious. “We had some good looks in the third period. We didn’t finish. I don’t think we had enough guys going tonight to get the job done.”
The Penguins outshot Montreal 10-5 in the first period but were blitzed with 17 shots and three goals in the second.
“A lot of the game was played in the battle areas. It was in the trenches and you’ve got to get your nose over the puck,” Sullivan said. “You’ve got to be willing to fight and protect pucks. I didn’t think we won enough of those, especially in the second period.”
The Penguins three-game win streak was halted, as well as Tristan Jarry’s shutout streak. You can also judge for yourself at the :50 mark if Sullivan praised Jarry or brought up things which he needed to maintain or improve. Watching and listening have yielded different answers.
The Pittsburgh Penguins home record fell to 12-4-2. The next two are at home, as well.