Canadiens 5 – Penguins 1 (F)
PIT Goal Scorers: 2nd R. Sheahan (1) 17:10
MTL Goal Scorers: 1st: B. Gallagher (1) 11:08; P. Byron (1) 15:56; 2nd: P. Byron (2) 3:43; J. Armia (1 SHG) 14:04; 3rd: C. Hudon (1) 10:08
Dreadful defensive play and goaltending followed the Penguins for the second straight game in a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Penguins have opened the season in allowing 11 goals in two games, albeit an improvement from last season when they allowed 14 goals through two games.
This was a game where the Penguins dominated possession through 40 minutes but were outscored 4-1 through two and Montreal limited the Penguins from getting odd-man breaks through the neutral zone and countered the Penguins poor puck management and loose play defensively by putting the puck in the back of the Penguins net.
Montreal was willing to play a workman-like style by getting to the tough areas and Pittsburgh just wasn’t in that mode tonight.
— Riley Sheahan scored the Penguins lone goal and played well over the final 25-30 minutes of the game. A positive for the Penguins in the loss beyond Sheahan was the 4th line showing some life as a whole. They produced a goal late in the second and had some strong territorial shifts early in the third when Pittsburgh still had time to get back in the game. Cullen and Sheahan especially got in on the cycle effectively.
However, it wouldn’t be a shock if we see Cullen-Sheahan-Grant against Vegas.
— The Olli Maatta/Jack Johnson pairing looked slow and sluggish. They got caught for the first-2 goals against To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
Evgeni Malkin doing Evgeni Malkin things in the defensive zone leads to Brendan Gallagher’s opening goal
— Max Domi had an impact on this game in the first two periods. His speed game caused the Penguins defense fits, notably Kris Letang when retrieving pucks and Domi walked Letang below the goal to setup Paul Byron for his second goal of the game early in the second period. He showed a lot of traits with his style of play that you can see why the Penguins looked hard into him as a reclamation project.
— Charles Hudon puts Penguins away for good at 10:08 of the 3rd