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Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 4, 2020
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Marc Joannette, Chris Rooney
Linesmen: Devin Berg, David Brisebois
Attendance: 21302

Brandon Tanev scored at 1:49 of overtime Saturday to give the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Tanev tucked a rebound of a Teddy Blueger shot past the right pad of goaltender Carey Price. The play withstood a review for possible goaltender interference.

Zach Aston-Reese and Bryan Rust also scored, and Blueger had two assists for Pittsburgh, which stretched its point streak to five games (4-0-1) and has won eight of 10. Matt Murray, starting in just his third game in the Penguins' past 11, made 26 saves.

Artturi Lehkonen scored both goals for Montreal, which lost its fifth in a row. Price stopped 34 shots.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead at 8:42 of the first. Max Domi's slick backward pass as he dug the puck out of the corner led to Lehkonen's shot from the slot, which went in past Murray's left skate.

The Penguins tied it 46 seconds later. Aston-Reese, playing in his 100th NHL game, got his first goal in 16 games. He got behind the defense and converted a chip over from the right-wing boards from Blueger.

Lehkonen struck again at 3:37 of the second with an unassisted goal, with the help of Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang.

Letang -- who took a penalty in overtime in the Penguins' previous game that led to a winning goal by San Jose -- got the puck in the corner but let go a weak pass. Lehkonen picked it off near the bottom of the left circle, moved in and slipped the puck inside the short-side post to make it 2-1.

Rust tied it at 5:24 of the third. He got to a shot by teammate Jack Johnson that banked behind the net and out the other side. With Price out of position, Rust swept the puck in off the stick of Montreal's Nate Thompson for his 17th goal and 34th point in an injury-shortened 27-game season.

Lehkonen nearly got his first career hat trick with a short-handed chance with 7:44 left on a breakaway, but Murray made a sliding, smothering save.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Pittsburgh   Montreal
Teddy Blueger 2 Points Artturi Lehkonen 2
Zach Aston-Reese 1 Goals Artturi Lehkonen 2
Teddy Blueger 2 Assists Max Domi 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matt Murray .929 Save Percentage Carey Price .919
Matt Murray 26 Saves Carey Price 34
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 37 3 0-4 4-4 15 29
Montreal 28 2 0-4 4-4 15 28
Upcoming Games
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Winnipeg. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .435 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Florida. The Penguins have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .588 after a loss.