Canadiens Win In Shootout
Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2 Pittsburgh Penguins (SO)
The Pittsburgh Penguins were visiting Montreal on Tuesday night for a match-up with the Montreal Canadiens. While it took a while for the scoring to begin, the game was a tight battle all the way through. With the two teams battling right past overtime into a shootout, it really could have gone either way. However, on this night is was the lowly Canadiens who got the extra point after Tomas Plekanec netted the winner in the shootout.
The scoring opened midway through the second period when rookie forward Louis Leblanc scored his third of the season to put the Habs up by one. The Canadiens held the Penguins off for the remainder of the period, but the Penguins were quick to answer in the third as Pascal Dupuis scored shorthanded just one minute into the period. Just minutes later it was Lars Eller who answered for the Canadiens, thanks to an error on the part of Fleury. The Penguins wouldn't go quietly however, and James Neal scored his 28th of the year to force overtime. As overtime came and went, it wasn't until Plekanec tallied late in the shootout to give the Habs a victory.
While the Habs will enjoy a rare “win-streak” of two games for a little while, there is still a long way to go if they still plan to challenge for a playoff spot. Sitting ten points out of a playoff spot, it would take a long streak of great hockey to give the team any hope. In the mean time, the Canadiens and their fans will enjoy a shootout victory, something that has been hard to come by this season.
The Canadiens have little time to rest, with another game to play on Thursday night, and while we will all certainly be happy with a win tonight – if you aren't hoping for a tank, anyway – there is still a lot of hockey left to play, and a long hill to climb.