Going into Game 4 with a myriad of off-ice distractions, the Canadiens got the jump they were looking for as Tom Pyatt got Montreal on the board first 2:34 into the game. The lead wouldn’t last long and it wouldn’t come without controversy as Maxim Talbot scored about a minute later with a little help from Ruslan Fedotenko taking out Habs defenseman P.K. Subban giving Talbot the freedom to get to the net and score.
Two minutes after that, the Pens would add another goal, this time on the power play from Chris Kunitz. The goal was reviewed to see if Kunitz kicked it in but he was ruled to have not done so. The period concluded with Hal Gill picking up an unnecessary slashing penalty after slashing Sidney Crosby’s stick in half as time ran out. The Pens will start the second period with a full two minutes of power play time.
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It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.