The whistle should have blown. The referee lost sight of the puck for longer than long. The puck eventually skirted loose, Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, who looks like he has a meth habit, rapped it home, and it ended as a 4-3 Penguins overtime win.
Montreal got ripped off in a big way. They stopped working in front of the net because they thought the whistle was about to be blown. But it never came, all because the referee was asleep at the wheel.
The beat goes on in Habs Universe.
It’s just a shame it had to end this way. The Canadiens were in it, even though they’d given up a 3-1 lead along the way. It’s no way to lose a game – a whistle kept silent, but I’m going to embrace this one point earned by the Habs on this night, understand that they played much better than they did the previous afternoon in Philadelphia, and appreciate the great work done by Carey Price in nets.
Shots on goal – Pittsburgh 42, Montreal 27. Again, kudos to Carey Price, who was sharper than sharp, especially when he robbed Evgeni Malkin late in the game. Price was the star of the night, more so than Malkin and Letang and a guy named Crosby, and the Canadiens had a chance to win this thing against the best team in the league at this time. But a whistle that never came put an end to any of that.
Andrei Kostitsyn returned, and they were saying on CBC that Andrei Markov should be back within two weeks.
Erik Cole, Max Pacioretty, and Travis Moen were the Montreal marksmen, and isn’t it interesting that three of our biggest forwards came through when all of our small, skilled guys didn’t.
Montreal went 0-4 on the power play.
Next up – Wednesday in sunny California when the Habs visit Anaheim.