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Murray Bounces back As Pens Drop Habs

After giving up 7 goals to the Capitals in a win the other night, Mike Sullivan came back with Matt Murray tonight in Marc Andre Fleury’s home town of Montreal.  Murray stopped 20 of 21 and the Pens offense abused Carey Price as they normally do.  The final score in Montreal, Pens 4 Habs 1.

Pittsburgh scored first as Ian Cole would score at 14.52 to give the Pens a 1-0 lead.  They out shot Montreal 11-7 and the defense controlled play.  Not to mention, the rebounds that Murray was giving up against the Caps the other night, were getting gobbled up by the guys in the right colored jersey’s tonight.  What made that even more effective was the Pens ability to keep the net clean unlike the Caps game.

Pittsburgh came out in the second period and played the best 20 minutes of hockey they have played in a month.  They not only controlled play, but Montreal was not able to generate any real offense throughout the period.  The Habs would score late, but it was nothing sustained and more flukish as Murray would bump the puck between his own legs as it deflected through the crease.

Pittsburgh on the other hand, would score two more and finish the period up 3-1.  They would get a point blank shot by Eric Fehr for the second goal and later on, Jake Guentzel would deflect a drive from Gaunce passed price for the games 3rd goal.

The Pens would add one more in the 3rd period as Olli Maata would score to make it 4-1.   Connor Sheary had a helper, but he added much more tonight. Actually, he has added so much more this season.  His speed and hands are great.  He is relentless regardless who is on him and he has proven that his play with Sid is second to none on the team… right now.   Sheary was undrafted, not unlike another one of Sid’s recent and very successful line mates., Chris Kunitz.  He  possessed the same skills both speed and great hands.

The win gives the Pens their second straight and they are looking more and more like a team that is tightening things up.

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