MONTREAL - Here are a few key storylines from Saturday night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre.
Lehky joins the century club
With a two-goal effort on Saturday - the eighth multi-goal night of his career - Artturi Lehkonen recorded the 99th and 100th points of his career.
Often hailed for his two-way play, the Finnish winger is on pace to at least match his career high 18 goals from his rookie season, and linemate Max Domi was pleased to see that Lehkonen was bearing fruit for his labor.
"Lehky played great tonight. He's all over the puck like that. He's a very dangerous player. He's an extremely effective player, and he's a big part of this hockey team," praised Domi of Lehkonen, who scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season. "It's great to see him get rewarded. He's great on the PK, too."
Video: Max Domi on the loss to the Penguins
For his part, Lehkonen wasn't in much of a celebratory mood following the loss, focusing instead on how he could help get his team out of its current five-game losing skid.
"We just have to turn the corner now. We just have to start getting some wins," stated Lehkonen, who registered three shots on goal, one hit, one blocked shot, and two takeaways in 15:19 of action. "We've lost so many games by one goal; we have to find a way to turn those in our favor."
Video: Artturi Lehkonen on climbing out of the losing skid
Happy homecoming for Scandella
Montreal native Marco Scandella made his debut in bleu-blanc-rouge on Saturday in front of friends and family, including his sister, his mom, and her brother - former Hab Sergio Momesso, currently TSN 690's Canadiens color commentator - and admits it was an emotional experience.
"There were waves, there were moments. I feel like the excitement was just unbelievable. It felt like my first game again. It was really special. Just playing here every night, every home game, is going to be unbelievable this season."
Scandella impressed head coach Claude Julien, who deployed the 29-year-old for 15:40 against Pittsburgh.
"It was good, from what I saw. He made good passes, he hit the post; it could've easily been 3-1 before it became 2-2," shared Julien of Scandella, who registered four hits, three blocked shots, and one shot on goal with an even differential. "A little bit of bad luck right there on his part, on our part. But I thought he made some good plays. As I mentioned when he came here, he certainly gives us some stability."
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound defenseman may have surprised some people with his willingness to jump into the fray and attempt to generate some offense, but he said it's been part of his game plan all season long.
"I think I've been using my skating to support the rush and create offense this year," he explained.
Video: Marco Scandella on his first game as a Hab
Razor-sharp goaltending from Price
With a 34-save performance, including some highlight-reel stops, Carey Price was a big reason why this game remained close despite the Penguins' dangerous offense.
Getting his first glimpse of the All-World netminder up close, Scandella was excited about the man he now gets to play in front of on the backend.
"He was amazing out there," he said. "Just having a goalie like that back there gives you a lot of confidence as a defenseman."
The Canadiens practice at noon on Sunday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.