Defenseman Noah Welch got his first NHL goal in the Penguins losing effort to Montreal, who won 6-5. The Pittsburgh penguins could have swept the season series if they had won.
"You need breaks," coach Michel Therrien said. "The hockey god was not on our side." lol, hockey god.
Welch actually scored his first goal when he slapped the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury as he attempted to clear it out from the front of the net.
"I got a little overanxious and tried to clear it [into the corner]," Welch said.
This game was more like a shootout. Just like one goal after another it seamed. One of Montreals goals though should not have gone in at all. We were on the penalty-kill, and Andy Hilbert was carrying the puck along the boards near the Penguins' blue line when Jan Bulis of Montreal knocked him, like face first from behind into the boards, causing him turnover the puck, making Montreal's 4th goal possible.
Therrien said the Penguins felt the hit deserved a major penalty, and Hilbert said that he "was really surprised" there was no call.
"I never even saw the guy coming," he said, "and he hit me right from behind."
Colby Armstrong had 2 goals and would have had 3, for the hattrick, but the video goal judge said the game tying puck he put past Canadiens goalie David Aebischer was intentionally directed in. It looked like it hit him in the elbow region.
"It hit me, and I was lucky enough for it to go in," Armstrong said. "But I guess they saw it differently."
Per.1::PIT 0::MON 2
Per.2::PIT 3::MON 3
Per.3::PIT 2::MON 1
Final::PIT 5::MON 6
Shots on Goal
Per.1::PIT 08::MON 09
Per.2::PIT 16::MON 14
Per.3::PIT 11::MON 02
Final::PIT 35::MON 25
+Leader(s) Josef Melichar, Noah Welch, Colby Armstrong, Andy Hilbert +2
-Leader(s) Jani Rita, Eric Boguniecki -2
Ice Time Leader Sergei Gonchar 25:02
Penalty Time Leader Tomas Surovy 6min.
Point Leader(s) Colby Armstrong(2 goals=2 points), Noah Welch(1 goal, 1 assist=2 points), Sidney Crosby(2 assists=2 points)
#1 C. Higgins
#2 C. Armstrong
#3 S. Koivu
The Penguins next game is against The Florida Panthers at 7:30.
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