RECAP: Game 50. Pens beat Habs 5-1.

 
 
Every week, the Pittsburgh Police Department posts their police blotter. Somewhere on it this week will be the Montreal Canadiens for impersonating a hockey team. P.K. Subban took two penalties, Andrei Markov played defense in slow motion, and Carey Price had the reflexes of a disabled mutant. The Penguins used a three-goal second period to pull away and win 5-1. It was a great response after a terrible performance on Monday.

Important stats

– All six Penguins defensemen had a point. 
– The Penguins went 2 for 5 on the power play. 
– Marc-Andre Fleury now leads the NHL with 27 wins
– The Penguins’ bottom six: 0 points at even strength.
 
Quick turnaround on the Isle tonight. Take it for what you will, but the Penguins lead the NHL in scoring on Thursdays (4.25 goals a game), so expect some goals tonight.
 
RECAP:
 
 

FIRST PERIOD

 
Kobasew stuck Subban, and the Habs had a PP. Pens killed that like it was nothing.  Kobasew came out of the box and kept getting in everyone’s way. Rough night for Kobasew.
 
Malkin rose to the top later in the period. He took a pass in his skates, blew past the Habs, gained Carey Price’s undivided attention, then fed Jokinen with a great backhand pass. 1-0.
 
 
Lazy play by Subban on that goal, too. 
 
On his next shift, Malkin was everywhere again, pickpocketing Habs and dancing around. P.K started getting pissed. They had a great battle behind the net and along the boards, but Subban was getting too testy and slashed Geno. Pens didn’t do anything on that PP.
 
Can’t remember the last time Subban was sent to the box against the Penguins. He knows how to toe the line beautifully.
 
Nathan Beaulieu threw one over the glass, and the Pens got a PP. The jobbers got a look at the end of the two minutes, and a Niskanen bomb hit Pyatt as it got past Carey Price. 2-0.
 
 
After a rocky start, Pyatt has settled in a little bit. Might be a guy the Pens can hold on to for the rest of the season. He’s a net-front presence that’s pretty much meaningless on the Pens’ second PP unit, and there’s no way he’s making the top unit unless Chris Kunitz retires after the Olympics.
 
The Pyatt goal was huge because the Habs came right back to make it 2-1. Pens were confused, and Rene Bourque snuck in the back door. Refs didn't call it immediately, but after the next whistle they took a look and got it right.
 
Bizarre decision by Orpik late in the period to interfere with Douglas Murray. Yes, he interfered with Douglas Murray. Habs had a PP for the rest of the period.
 

SECOND PERIOD

The Pens killed the rest of the penalty, but Montreal still had most of the momentum.
 

TURNING POINT

Brendan Gallagher came in and rang the pipe on MAF’s stick side. 
 
That puck goes in, and this is a whole different game.
 
The Habs hitting the post was even more damning for them when Jokinen’s second goal of the game took the air out of the balloon. Great feed from Maatta right on the tape. Price didn’t know what was happening. 3-1.
 
Subban was going to the box again later for jobbing Kunitz. Letang with a slick slap-pass to Crosby, who redirected it past Price. 4-1.
 
Great pass from Letang.
 
And then the Pens had another PP. About 15 seconds after that was over, Malkin went in and put the final nail into Price’s coffin. 5-1.
 
 
Therrien looked like he was going to have a stroke on the bench.
 

THIRD PERIOD

For the first 15 minutes of the third period, nothing exciting happened. Then with about 5 minutes left, business picked up.
 
It all started with a scrum in front. Then Brandon Prust punched Orpik in the face, and everything escalated quickly. 
 
Then things really got interesting. 
Peter Budaj challenged Fleury…

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Fleury didn't back down.

But the officials nixed it. Probably for the best.
 
The Pens got a PP out of it, and Bylsma trotted out the big guns. Great troll move. The PP didn’t score, and the remainder of the game was uneventful.
 

GAME.

 
 
– Got to love those minutes for all the defensemen.
– Pics: AP/Getty
 
 
 
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