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Fly on the Wall: April 11, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Here’s what the Penguins had to say after winning their last game of the season in a 3-1 victory at the Bell centre on Saturday night. 


Geno speaks fluent offense

Penguins sniper Evgeni Malkin locked up the NHL scoring title early on Saturday night, opening the scoring in the first period for his 113th point of the campaign.  The Russian superstar wouldn’t say who he thought deserves league MVP honors this season, but he did give some insight into his improvements to date.

“It’s my third year playing in the NHL and I understand how to play in this league now.  You know, my English is a little bit better now, and my game is a little bit better now too.” 

Crosby’s in his comfort zone

“We had some good chances, but Price made some big saves, especially those two in the second period.  I think we’re pretty comfortable no matter who we’re playing, but when you let a team hang around in there, you know you need to get the next one so those two shorthanded ones were huge.”

Letang gets a postseason preview

Montreal native Kris Letang finished off game No. 82 of the season with a shorthanded insurance goal in the third period, proving there really is no place like home. 

“This is a great building to play in and they have some of the best fans in the league. Every time you play here you feel like it’s a playoff atmosphere so it’s the best place to play our last game in before the playoffs start.”

Bylsma plays the odds

Pittsburgh interim head coach Dan Bylsma played with Wayne Gretzky for four games in L.A. in 1995-96, so it’s no wonder he’s a big believer in the Great One’s motto: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” 

“I think early in the game and for most of the game, we were getting pucks to the net and there were lots of rebounds there.  We had a couple of pucks in and around him, behind him that didn’t go in.  Price had those two great saves that started to give him some confidence in how he was playing, but we had 17 shots a period and we knew if we kept doing that we were going to crack him.”

Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com

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