MONTREAL (AP) – Teddy Blueger scored two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins managed a three-game slippage, beating the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 on Thursday night.
Tristan Jarry stopped all 24 shots from the Penguins.
Pittsburgh exploded in the first period with goals from Sidney Crosby, Danton Heinen and Jake Guentzel. Blueger and Brock Gill scored in the second period, and Blueger added a goal late in the third period.
“It’s great to get everyone moving,” said Kris Letang of the Penguins. “Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t, but the guys were so close to going out and it’s fun to be rewarded. When you see guys on the scoresheet it’s a good confidence booster.
Cayden Primeau allowed five goals on 31 shots in two periods for the Canadiens. Samuel Montembeault replaced Primeau at the start of the third, allowed a goal and made 11 saves.
“Tonight we were just bad,” said coach Dominique Ducharme. “Everyone has to go through this, but tonight we were just bad. I can stay here and try to analyze every game but we were bad.
Crosby scored his first goal of the season at 3:36 of the game after a game of noughts and crosses with Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel. The Penguins captain played his first game in Montreal since March 2, 2019.
Crosby, one of the many Pittsburgh players who recently returned from the COVID-19 protocol, said “it’s hard to be patient” coming back from both the offseason surgery and the virus.
“It’s one of those things, it’s just going to take a while,” Crosby said. “I’m still learning that it’s a new scenario that I have to go through to come back from an injury for this long.”
The Penguins doubled their power play lead at 12:39. Heinen beat Primeau with a shot from the right face-off circle.
Guentzel made it 3-0 with 47 seconds left in the period.
Blueger scored in the second against one to two with Zach Anton-Reese.
McGinn deflected a shot from Mike Matheson to give the Penguins a 5-0 lead.
Pittsburgh lost 2-1 to the Buffalo Sabers on Tuesday, scoring their only goal in the third period. Assistant coach Todd Reirden, replacing coach Mike Sullivan who was absent due to Canadian COVID-19 guidelines, said the team had gained some positive points from the performance.
“We really wanted to build on our previous games, especially the third period. The start was really important to us, ”said Reirden. “Getting a big goal from Sid right now so early is huge for us. Just the way the goal came, playing good defense and winning races on the ice. “
Penguins: In Toronto on Saturday.
Canadiens: hosts Nashville on Saturday.
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