Canadians vs. Penguins Top Six Minutes: Kaiden Guhle stars in an entertaining game

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It’s Jeff Petry’s comeback game, and reaction will probably be mixed to his return. We also have some new lines to look at, and Sean Monahan with Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki should be interesting.

1st period

  • Garry Galley twice in three days is too much Garry Galley.
  • There are the boos for Petry, but he had to know they were coming.
  • The game gets off to an inauspicious start when Danton Heinen beats Samuel Montembeault from a sharp angle.
  • But he hit the crossbar and then the post, so we’ll continue.
  • Chris Wideman gets a chance, then Josh Anderson power moves into the net with another, but those don’t convert into goals.
  • A smaller man probably would have froze at the contact Anderson took, but the Powerhorse just wanted a goal.
  • More sustained pressure from Montreal, getting zone time on every shift now. This time it is a strong change of Cole Caufield all over the ice. A good offense really is the best defense.
  • Petry receives his video tribute and a standing ovation, quickly followed by more boos.
  • Sidney Crosby pitches what starts a promising run for the Penguins, but Kaiden Guhle’s stick quickly puts an end to that, and it’s another big opportunity for Caufield on the opposite end. Is he going to pull it off in back-to-back multi-goal games at home this season?
  • Good play by Arber Xhekaj to win the pull along the middle of the wall and then look across the ice for a scoring opportunity. Last season that would have been shot off Casey DeSmith’s crest by a Habs blue-liner.
  • A really impressive start for Montreal. Now they need a goal to prove it.
  • Dadonov nearly knocked down his own rebound on another run to the net.
  • Caufield is a man possessed in this period, winning pucks across the boards and lobbing them in front. He must have read Jura Slafkokvský’s scouting report and decided to try that style.
  • Or do you want to entice Crosby to join your line in a year or two…
  • Big toe saved by Montembeault in Pittsburgh’s first real chance since the double whammy.
  • Caufield can get to 10 shots in this game.

2nd period

  • The last time Caufield looked this good, he scored 30 seconds after the first intermission. Will he do that again?
  • The first opportunity goes to Brendan Gallagher, who hits the post and sees the puck ejected by an unsuspecting DeSmith.
  • A lazy pass on ice gets kicked in the butt by Evgeni Malkin’s pitch, and Montembeault is hit the other way after sliding too far.
  • Now the Penguins power play that is operating at 40% goes to work trying to double the lead.
  • The Habs are playing from afar so far. Good plays from Kaiden Guhle and Jordan Harris to keep the rival at bay.
  • Now Malkin scores again when we go back to five against five. Too many unmarked penguins at the top of the fold.
  • A nice trade from Kirby Dach, Jonathan Drouin and Anderson nearly put Montreal on the board. There have been many “almosts” the last three games.
  • Gallagher is robbed by DeSmith’s glove. They will score at some point.
  • Penguins power play/Montreal’s penalty kill back to work
  • Harris just misses Suzuki for a short-handed breakaway opportunity
  • Now Suzuki gets a penalty just as his comes to an end as he forces Petry to pull him down after a nose drag.
  • We’ll finish that thought after this 18-minute break.

3rd period

  • It wasn’t because of the power play, but the Habs get their early goal, thanks in large part to Kaiden Guhle. The rookie’s excellent zone start led directly to Suzuki’s first chance, then the captain skated to the opposite side of the net to put him in.
  • Arber Xhekaj heads into the box for a high post.
  • More excellent Habs penalties. First a chance for Jake Evans, then for Sean Monahan. Massive improvement from what it looked like last year. All he needed were some defensemen who had never played in an NHL game before.
  • On a third run with fewer hands, Petry is forced to take another penalty.
  • Maybe Montreal should play the full 60 minutes with a man?
  • Ryan Poehling looks for a short-handed opportunity, splitting the D, but Montembeault is there.
  • The Habs just aren’t that great with more than four players on the ice. Drouin and Hoffman bobbles end the power play.
  • Josh Anderson is close to equalizing with less than three minutes to go, but DeSmith saves him with his toe.
  • A time out to take a look at the best offensive players on the ice with a head-to-head in the bye.
  • And works! Caufield gets the goal from him on a perfect cross from Drouin.
  • And it’s another point for Guhle. He should probably be the first star of the game tonight.
  • The Habs keep looking for the winner, getting close a couple of times, but can’t find it.

Over time

  • The Habs get a well deserved point for their effort
  • Now we can see Guhle in three against three, out there for the first turn.
  • I think he skated two full lengths of track there, making several critical plays.
  • Habs for the power play when Petry nets a hat-trick from penalties on his return.
  • Caufield receives a perfect pass but hits the left elbow.
  • And Kirby Dach wins it! What an overtime performance from Montreal.
  • Undefeated at home. They then host the Coyotes on Thursday.

EOTP 3 Stars

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2) Excellent location

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