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Tanev gives Penguins OT victory against Canadiens

Scores at 1:49 for Pittsburgh, which is 8-1-1 in past 10 games

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

Tanev nets overtime winner

PIT@MTL: Tanev cleans up rebound for OT winner

Brandon Tanev sweeps up the Teddy Blueger rebound to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 overtime victory against the Canadiens

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MONTREAL -- Brandon Tanev scored at 1:49 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Tanev put in the rebound of Teddy Blueger's shot for Pittsburgh (25-11-5), which has a five-game point streak (4-0-1).

"I think Teddy made a great play in taking the puck to the net and I was fortunate enough for the rebound just to kind of come out to my stick there," said Tanev, who also scored in overtime in a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 16.


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Matt Murray made 26 saves, and Blueger had two assists for the Penguins, who are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games.

"I thought [Murray] was terrific," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He made some big stops. The breakaway [save] he made in the third period was a huge save for us. Those are game-changing saves, so I thought he made some big saves at key times for us throughout the course of the game. I think Matt's game is trending the right way. I think his last couple of starts have been pretty solid, tonight I think was his best."

Video: PIT@MTL: Aston-Reese puts home quick equalizer

Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, and Carey Price made 34 saves for Montreal (18-17-7), which is 0-4-1 in its past five games.

"Obviously, it's not fun, no one wants to lose, but we have a really tight-knit group in here," Canadiens forward Max Domi said. "And we're battling some adversity right now, we have for parts of this year and we've overcome it. But at this point of the year you can't let it drag on too much, so we've got to find ways to get those two points. At the end of the day we got one point tonight, it's not what we wanted but it's better than not getting any."

Lehkonen gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 8:42 of the first period. Domi got his 20th assist to extend his point streak to nine games (six goals, six assists).

Zach Aston-Reese scored 46 seconds later to tie it 1-1.

Lehkonen gave Montreal a 2-1 lead at 3:37 of the second period. It was his 100th NHL point. 

Bryan Rust tied it 2-2 at 5:24 of the third period.

Lehkonen had an opportunity to put the Canadiens ahead at 12:15 of the third, but Murray made the save on his backhand shot on a breakaway.

"It was kind of a broken play," Murray said. "He came off the wall and got a little saucer pass to the middle, so I had time to get out and get set. He made a nice move and I was lucky to get a pad on it."

Video: PIT@MTL: Rust cleans up Malkin's rebound in front


They said it

"The resiliency is phenomenal in this group and I think it starts with our leadership. They do a great job of getting us ready for the game and it's a full 60-minute effort by a great group of guys in here, and we're looking forward to getting back at it [Sunday]." -- Penguins forward Brandon Tanev

Video: Tanev scores in overtime for Pittsburgh

"We spoke a lot today. He's a big guy who skates well. He's young but he makes good plays and he has confidence, so I think we're going to play well together. I think the chemistry will develop over the coming days." -- Canadiens defenseman Marco Scandella about playing with rookie Cale Fleury


Need to know

Scandella, acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, blocked three shots and had four hits in 15:40 in his Canadiens debut. He hit the post 4:35 into the third period, 49 seconds before Rust scored the tying goal. "It's no fun when you hear the post," Scandella said. … Ilya Kovalchuk did not dress for the Canadiens after signing a two-way contract Friday. He is expected to practice Sunday and could make his debut against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. … Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry, who will start Sunday, did not make the trip. Emil Larmi backed up Murray. Larmi was recalled from Wheeling of the ECHL instead of Casey DeSmith from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL because DeSmith misplaced his passport. … Penguins forward Thomas Di Pauli had one shot and two hits in 4:16 in his NHL debut. … Aston-Reese played his 100th NHL game. 


What's next

Penguins: Host the Florida Panthers on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NHLN, ATTSN-PT, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, TSN3, NHL.TV)

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