Off- season acquisition Thomas Fleischmann scored the game-winning goal for his new team, the Montreal Canadiens in their 3-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night.
The 31-year-old forward scored just five minutes into the third period. Max Pacioretty scored twice for the second time this season, scoring early in the first and second period respectively.
The home side Pittsburgh Penguins kept the game close, getting goals from rookie Beau Bennet and defenseman Kris Letang. But the Penguins couldn’t complete the comeback.
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Montreal goalie Carey Price was a brick wall yet again for the Canadiens. Price silenced the home crowd with several stunning saves including one against Penguin’s star forward Sidney Crosby in the third period.
The goalie stopped 31 shots on the night and carried the Canadien’s to their fourth straight victory of the season.
Winning Streak Continues
Carey Price continues to silence his opponents. We’re only four games into the season and he’s already made some world class saves. This guy has been unbelievable.
Head Coach Michel Therrien must be delighted with his squad. His top players continue to perform in every aspect.
Montreal forward Max Pacioretty already has four goals and two assists through just four games.
Young guns like Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk continue to use their speed affectively to frustrate their opponents. The two forwards have a tallied a combined total of seven points.
Defenseman P.K. Subban hasn’t scored yet but continues to be a solid defensive anchor for his team.
It’s safe to say everything is going right for the Montreal Canadiens right now. If these guys can manage to stay healthy, they’ll be able to challenge for top spot in the Eastern Conference again this season.
Trouble in Pittsburgh?
I know it’s early in the season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t look good in this game at all.
Yes, they did outshoot the Canadiens in the game but several players didn’t seem to contribute much at all.
Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Nick Bonino combined for 11 shots on goal. Bonino had a solid game and used his size and speed to create several scoring chances. But Sidney Crosby still hasn’t scored.
Plus, Evgeni Malkin has to do way more if Pittsburgh wants to challenge for the Stanley Cup this year. He did tally an assist against Montreal but only had one shot on goal the entire game.
The Penguins are 0-3 to start the season and the competition will only continue to intensify as the season progresses. Malkin really needs to wake up fast if Pittsburgh hopes to end this losing skid quickly.
Malkin has proven that he can score goals. He finished second to Sidney Crosby last season with 28 goals and 42 assists to his name. But his recent form has to have many fans concerned.
Regardless, it’s another loss for the Penguins and one must wonder if changes in the squad may be coming as a result.
Pittsburgh’s next opponent will be the Ottawa Senators on Thursday while Montreal clashes blades with the New York Rangers.
I can’t wait to see which one of these streaks continues in the coming days.