Zack Aston-Reese scored against Carey Price in the victory of the Penguins.
4 January 2020 22h01
The Canadian cash a fifth reverse of the result, 3-2 to face the Penguins
The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — The Canadian has cashed in a fifth reverse consecutive with a gap of one goal and this time, following a goal controversial.
Brandon Tanev scored the winning goal after 1:49 of overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Montreal canadiens 3-2, Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Teddy Blueger took advantage of a change at the wrong time of Nick Suzuki to launch an attack two-against-one. Carey Price has passed the stop, but Tanev has taken advantage of the back to shake the ropes.
The referees consulted the video replay, thinking maybe Blueger had impeded the work of Price, but the goal was quickly granted.
“I said earlier this season that this is a challenge to the coach or a formal takeover, it is 50-50, said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien, on the subject of video consultations in case of obstruction against the goalkeeper. I don’t know why the order was granted. So I can’t comment on that.”
Artturi Lehkonen has managed a double win for the Canadian (18-17-7). Price stopped 34 shots.
“(Price) played really well and it is probably thanks to him if it was 1-1 after the first period, said Julien. I believe that we sometimes have made bad decisions with the puck. It has given chances to the Penguins, and it has cost us the victory in the end. This is what is disappointing right now, because we can’t afford not to be mentally alert.”
Hired the day before, the veteran Ilya Kovalchuk was not in uniform for the Canadian.
Zach Aston-Reese and Bryan Rust also scored for the Penguins (25-11-5). Blueger has tallied two helpers and Matt Murray was pushed out of 26 shots.
The Canadian has started the ball rolling after 8:42 of the game, when Lehkonen scored his first goal of the evening at the end of a beautiful sequence begun by Suzuki and Max Domi.
Domi used to harvest at least a point in a ninth consecutive game this season.
The advertiser-house had not finished announcing the goal of Lehkonen when Price is reported in frustrating Tanev in a breakaway.
However, the Penguins tied it up a few moments later, just 46 seconds after the goal from Lehkonen. The visitors have enjoyed a turnaround of Jesperi Kotkaniemi to counter-attack and Aston-Reese has hit the target when it is presented alone in front of Price.
Domi has had a match occupied, and not only because of his good hits to the attack. Domi also threw the gloves in front of the defender Marcus Pettersson, believing that the latter had given him with a knee.
The Penguins have threatened a few times numerical advantage by the end of the first period, but Price has kept the fort.
Lehkonen has rewarded his goalkeeper, giving the lead to the Habs after 3:37 of play in the second period, following a fine individual effort.
The rest of the second period was essentially a case of the Penguins, but they are stubborn in Price.
Acquired two days earlier, Buffalo Sabres defenceman montreal Marco Scandella is increased to a few centimeters of digging the gap after 4:35 to play in the third period. His shot, however, reached the pole.
The Penguins took advantage of this stroke of luck in creating equal 2-2 just 49 seconds later. Rust took advantage of a bond in favour of the tape after a shooting off-target and was able to shoot into an open net.
Lehkonen has got a golden opportunity to complete his hat trick, when he escaped in numerical inferiority with a little less than eight minutes to make. Murray, however, has passed the judgment.
Tanev was ultimately decided in overtime.
The Canadian will take back the necklace Monday, when it will host the Winnipeg Jets. He will visit the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
Echoes of locker room
The montreal-Marco Scandella has experienced beautiful emotions in his first game in the uniform of the Canadian:
“This is a dream come true. The emotions experienced today were really special. It is certain that I would have wanted the two points, but playing all home games at the Bell Centre, it will be really special for me. (…) I watched sometimes in the grandstands. The world here in Montreal is really passionate about hockey. It’s nice to have supporters like that.”
Artturi Lehkonen had not the head to the feast in spite of his performance with two goals:
“It’s always a nice feeling to score, but currently this is not pleasant. I would have been able to score a third. I got a few opportunities, but I didn’t take advantage of it.”
Phillip Danault is believed that the game-winning goal from Brandon Tanev was going to be cancelled:
“I think that there has been a contact, but the referees who make the decision. I don’t understand all the rules. According to me, (Teddy Blueger) has impeded the goalkeeper. (…) We would like the rules to be a little more clear. It’s frustrating.”