Breakdown: Game 15 – Penguins 4, Canadiens 3 (OT)

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By: @chetstead

The Penguins have finally managed to come back from behind and win a hockey game.

I didn’t have the opportunity to watch the full game because it was blacked out on NHL GameCenter, so today’s recap will be short and sweet.

The Pens’ first game after their road trip through Canada was against another Canadian team, the red-hot Habs. The Canadiens are arguably the best team in the NHL right now.

The game also saw Pascal Dupuis’s return after a two-game absence. Luckily, tests showed no recurrence of blood clots. Dupuis made his presence felt immediately, scoring early in the game.

The Habs came right back with a powerplay goal from Markov after Malkin took a slashing penalty.

Kessel appeared to have scored another goal later in the period, but credit was awarded to Maatta after replays showed that he had deflected the puck on its way to the net. Either way, the Pens were up 2-1.

Unfortunately, Brendan Gallagher and Brian Flynn got the only two goals of the second period, putting the Pens in a one-goal hole entering the final period.

Patric Hornqvist, who found himself demoted to the third line in this game, came through with the tying goal in the latter half of the third. Neither team scored in OT, and Sidney Crosby won it in the shootout.