Sam Kasan gives you his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 4-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens at Videotron Center in Quebec City.
Jean-Sebastien Dea may have only been 1 years old whenever the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver, Colorado to become the Avalanche, but he was as jacked up to play in Quebec City in the first-ever professional game at Videotron Center as anyone on the ice. He was playing at a higher gear. Dea was robbed on a chance at the mouth of the crease by Carey Price and created two scoring chances while on the penalty kill. His best performance however came before the game. He was dressed to the nines, baby blue suit jacket with stripes and dark blue elbow pads. Suit game strong.
The Pens penalty killing unit surrendered another goal against Montreal. They’ve allowed five power-play goals in the past three games (10 for 15). There have been many factors involved from using inexperienced players or players not gelling with the team mixing and matching different units. Although it would be unfair to judge the PK unit based on the past few games, the Pens certainly don’t want to see that trend continue.
3. Quebec City
It was an incredible atmosphere and a very mixed crowd at the Videotron Center. Half filled with Canadiens fans, half filled with anti-Canadiens fans due to their loyalty to the old Nordiques. The building is phenomenal and only a few weeks old. Even the ice is so clear and clean that it looks like a video game. There were 18,259 in attendance and you heard from all of them. It really would be a treat for the city and its fans if the NHL were able to expand and have hockey back in Quebec City.