MONTREAL – Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin have found the back of the net in a shootout, Antti Niemi shut the door on Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby and the Montreal canadiens pulled off a spectacular victory of 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Before the barrage does settle the debate, Max Domi saw his shot hitting the post then that he had less than ten seconds remaining in the additional period. Not to mention that the Canadian had not been able to enjoy a numerical advantage during the extension after the Penguins were caught with a player too.
In the win, Tomas Tatar has had his best game of the young season by scoring his first two goals with the Canadian and getting a helper on Brendan Gallagher, and all of that in the first half of the second period.
Gallagher has added a help defender Jeff Petry has received two and Drouin has finally collected his first point of the season.
In the Penguins, Kristopher Letang, and Phil Kessel got a goal and an assist each. Malkin has also contributed to the attack of the Penguins with two assists.
Dominik Simon, in the first period, also beat Niemi, who faced 28 shots, including two quality during the last minute of the extension.
For its part, the Canadian has amassed 40 shots in the direction of Casey DeSmith, including 19 in the second period.
In addition, and for a second straight game, the men of Claude Julien were denied a goal for obstruction in the place of the goalkeeper. And as for the game against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, the culprit was Andrew Shaw, depriving Victor Mete of his first net in the NHL, at 7:43 of the third period.
After a day off Sunday, the Canadian will take up the collar as soon as Monday on the occasion of the visit of the Detroit Red Wings. This duel is expected to mark the reunion of Tatar and Xavier Ouellet with the formation of Michigan. It could also be the 1000th match of Tomas Plekanec in the national hockey League.
Of inert irresistible
A week after having offered a counter-performance against the Canadian in front of their supporters, the Penguins have delivered an effort of quality during the first 20 minutes of the game.
The men of Mike Sullivan have reduced the margin of manoeuvre of the players of the Canadian, and took advantage of their few scoring chances to give himself a lead of 2-0 thanks to goals from Simon and Letang.
But after having played a fourth period without finding the back of the net at the Bell Centre, montreal started the second twenty with rage in their heart.
Most importantly, it gave a different look to the matchup by scoring three times in a little more than eight minutes of the game, including its last two goals in a span of 73 seconds.
Tatar has been the leader of this explosion with its double, the first after just 11 seconds elapsed at the period, and the second, in a numerical superiority that enabled the Canadian to take a 3-2 lead.
During these eight minutes, the Penguins have hardly touched the disk with 14 shots compared to only two.
They saved the furniture in second thanks to their numerical advantage, Kessel, beating Niemi with a good shot of the cuffs of the enclave at 11:14, for a punishment to Jordie Benn.
Then, the Penguins have withstood a long numerical inferiority of two men during the last two minutes of the game in the middle period, and another numerical advantage of the Canadian in the middle of the third period, when DeSmith was frustrated twice Artturi Lehkonen in quick.