The Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins have been two of the league’s most dominant teams so far this season, but when they played each other on Tuesday, the result was one-sided. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-0 victory.
“Tonight was a test,” Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe. “And we failed it.”
Michel Therrien suggested in his postgame press conference that this loss will give Montreal a “good dose of humility,” per NHL.com writer Аrpon Basu.
Fleury certainly deserves some credit for his work in silencing Montreal though. He’s already earned four shutouts this season, which puts him just one shy of his career high. He has a 1.98 GAA and .930 save percentage in 14 contests in 2014-15. At the age of 29, this victory put him one win away from the 300 milestone. Pittsburgh has four more games before he celebrates his 30th birthday on Nov. 28.
This was also a big night for Beau Bennett, who recorded his first goal and two assists after starting the season on the sidelines with a lower-body injury.
Montreal will face another test on Thursday against the 12-5-1 St. Louis Blues.