Tonight, the Penguins (2-1-1) will play their final home game against the Vancouver Canucks (3-2) before embarking on their annual Western Canada road trip. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00PM.
The Penguins had a rough night Saturday. Not only did they lose to the Canadiens for the second time already this season in less than a week, this time in a shootout, but they also lost defenseman Justin Schultz for four months thanks to a broken leg. The injury occurred when Schultz went down awkwardly following a play along the boards involving Habs forward and notorious turtleneck wearer, Tomas Plekanec.
Didn't see it, here you go:
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The Penguins went up 2-0 on the Habs early, just to watch the the lead slip away. Thanks to four second period penalties and some sloppy turnovers, that 2-0 lead quickly turned into a 3-2 Montreal lead. Phil the Thrill later tied the game in the second period, scoring his fourth goal in as many games. Montreal appeared to take the lead in the third period but the Penguins challenged for goaltender interference and the call was reserved. Overtime was scoreless despite a few good looks from both teams. As per usual, Crosby couldn't score in the shootout to keep it alive and the Pens lost. At least they got a point though, so I guess that's good.
The Canucks are in the midst of a six game road trip. Tonight is game five for them and needless to say, they've had a decent trip so far. They lost the first two games of the trip but took both games in Florida, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday and the Florida Panthers Saturday. They did suffer a big loss though, losing center and early Calder trophy favorite, Elias Pettersson. Pettersson was off to a hot start, hotter than jet fuel attempting to melt steel beams, actually. Unfortunately, Panthers defenseman and scumbag Mike Matheson had other plans.
Check out this dirty 'hit':
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Matheson was suspended two games for this choke slam.