Pittsburgh Penguins: Three Takeaways From The Loss To The Montreal Canadiens

By Larry Snyder

The Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-1, 5 points) could not solve Montreal goaltender Al Montoya as he stopped all 36 shots by the Pens. The Canadiens (2-0-1, 5 points) claimed a 4-0 victory Tuesday over the Black and Gold at the Bell Centre.

Pittsburgh owns two consecutive defeats and attempts to get back on track Thursday against the San Jose Sharks (3-1-0, 6 points). It is the first time this season these two combatants skated to center ice since the Stanley Cup Finals. Peter DeBoer’s squad defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 Tuesday at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.

Here are my three takeaways from the loss in the City of Steeples.

1) The Penguins went 0-of-8 on the power play against the Canadiens. They sabotaged themselves on three opportunities with the man advantage by recording a penalty two seconds into one power play (Malkin), five seconds into a second (Bonino), and 12 seconds into a third (Letang). The idea of having some momentum left the building before Elvis did tonight.

2) Montreal right wing Alexander Radulov put a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for a power-play goal at 4:31 in the third period. The Pens penalty kill unit turned away five of the Canadiens six power play chances. With four contests in the books, Pittsburgh has a total of 45 penalty minutes. They need to cut down on their shame time.

3) Marc-Andre Fleury has been between the pipes for four contests in six days with a pair of those matchups skating into overtime. Maybe, Mike Condon should have started against the Colorado Avalanche Monday or his old team Tuesday in Quebec. Fleury has seen 140 shots over those four meetings.

Lunch Pail Brigade: Right wing Patric Hornqvist tallied seven of the team’s 32 hits while forward Tom Kuhnhackl was the leader in blocked shots with three.

In Need Of Medical Attention: Left wing Conor Sheary went off the ice at 7:02 of the second period after taking a high-stick to the face from the Canadiens’ Radulov. Defenseman Kris Letang departed halfway through the third after a rough hit from Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher.

Scratches For The Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Derrick Pouliot, and Tom Sestito.

Scratches For The Canadiens: Daniel Carr, Greg Pateryn, and Zach Redmond.

Next Up: You can see every slap shot of the Pens matchup with the Sharks Thursday at PPG Paints Arena on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. You can listen to the contest on 105.9, The X and the Penguins Radio Network.

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