Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
Sidney Crosby set the tone for the game, scoring after 21 seconds of play, then he has set the table for the following three goals of the Penguins.
The Canadian quickly found himself a foot in the grave, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have scored three goals quick in the first period, and montreal has received a setback of 5-1, Saturday in a duel of high importance between the two teams in the heart of the playoff race.
Sidney Crosby set the tone by scoring after 21 seconds of play, then he has set the table for the following three goals of the Penguins. The Canadian was nice to have it offered more effort than honest, the damage was already done.
“In the second period, we have pushed hard, but we have not come to the end to find often enough, the back of the net, noted the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. In the third period, [the Penguins] have played well and have not given a lot of opportunities.
“They have players like Crosby on the other side, elite players, who took charge, who had large evenings. It has been the difference. “
Crosby has taken the exclusivity of the second rank in the history of the Penguins with 440 goals, one more than Jaromir Jagr. Mario Lemieux occupies the first level with 690 nets. Crosby has also inflated his production career to 1199 points thanks to his crop of four facing the Habs.
Jake Guentzel has a successful doubled, and at the same time the tray 30 goals this season, and Evgeni Malkin also hit the target in numerical advantage for the Penguins (34-22-9), that had only one victory in their four previous releases (1-1-2). Guentzel has also garnered two aids, and Jared McCann had a goal in an empty net and an assist, and Matt Murray made 36 saves.
Brendan Gallagher has countered with his 29th goal of the campaign for the Canadian (35-24-7), which saw its winning streak to be held back to two. Carey Price has wasted the first opportunity of joining Jacques Plante, the first rank in the history of the Canadian chapter of victories. It has, however, made 20 stops.
This result has allowed the Penguins to join the Canadian on the leaderboard with 77 points. The Penguins, however, have a game more to play this season, which gives them for the time being the tiebreaker.
The Tricolour has, therefore, slipped to eighth and last place giving access to playoff games in the Association. The Blue Jackets of Columbus are lagging two points behind the canadiens, but have two games in hand.
Crosby opened the scoring following a change of Jordie Benn, and then Malkin has widened the gap at 4:38 when his shot from the blue line was cushioned by Joel Armia before you surprise Price.
Guentzel scored his first goal of the evening at 8:51, on the fourth shot of the Penguins.
The Canadian gave a sign of life after that, but has stumbled in Murray — or has been unlucky, like when a throw-Shea Weber has reached the horizontal bar.
Price has attempted to keep the Canadian in the match at the back of the locker room, but Guentzel has dealt a hard blow by scoring the fourth thread of his own in 6:24.
Gallagher has continued its recent momentum by scoring a seventh goal in eight meetings. However, the Habs has never been able to truly worry about the Penguins.
“We missed the net many times tonight, same nets deserts, chances are scored,” said Julien. It was a night of frustration on this side here because we had the opportunity to come back into the game in the second period. “
The Canadian will head to California to face the Los Angeles Kings, Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, and the Ducks of Anaheim on Friday.
Echoes of locker room
Phillip Danault is believed that the Canadian effort to the image of his season :
“We have not caved in after a goal. We know that we deserved a better fate. The luck has not turned in our favor. “
Shea Weber does, in fact, not with the evolution of the classifications in the Association :
“It is like that, we control only what we do. We do not have control on what other teams do, if they win or lose. All we can do is try to win our points. This was not the case this evening and we look forward to the match on Tuesday. “
Despite the exceptional performance of Sidney Crosby, Jeff Petry did not want to give him all the credit :
“[The Penguins] have several players who are capable of scoring goals. We can not think only Crosby. Each team relies on markers. It is our job to ensure that they do not mark. “