National Hockey League
Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Derek Nansen, CJ Murray
Attendance: 17005

Evan Rodrigues had a goal and two assists Tuesday to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to their fifth straight win, 5-2 over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Kasperi Kapanen, Mike Matheson, Brian Dumoulin and Brian Boyle also scored, and Sidney Crosby added two assists for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 28 saves to improve to 8-1-1 over his past 10 starts.

Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist, and Jesse Ylonen scored for the Canadiens, who fell to 0-6-1 in their past seven.

Montreal goaltender Jake Allen made 26 saves.

Kapanen got the only goal of the first, at 11:08. The puck caromed off Rodrigues' skate in the slot and toward the net. From near the left post, Kapanen choked up on his stick and batted the puck from the air over Allen.

On a power play at 6:45 of the second, Rodrigues boosted Pittsburgh's lead to 2-0. Kris Letang set up Rodrigues for a rising one-timer at the left dot.

The assist was Letang's 600th point, making him the 43rd defenseman, seventh active, to reach that mark.

Drouin cut it to 2-1 just 14 seconds later. The Penguins turned the puck over in their end. Laurent Dauphin snagged it and sent it to Drouin in front. With Jarry leaning the wrong way, Drouin easily scooped in a backhand.

Pittsburgh got its first goal from a defenseman since Nov. 4 when Matheson scored on a screened shot from above the right hash marks at 11:27 of the second for a 3-1 lead.

With three seconds left in the second, Ylonen picked up his first career goal in his fourth game, a one-timer through traffic from the right point to close it to 3-2.

Dumoulin made it two goals by Pittsburgh defensemen in the game, scoring 28 seconds into the third. Crosby dangled the puck in the Montreal end before setting up Dumoulin at the left point.

Crosby became the 14th NHL player with 400 multiple-point games.

Boyle's rising, far-side blast from the top of the right circle increased Pittsburgh's lead to 5-2 at 9:38 of the third.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Montreal   Pittsburgh
Jonathan Drouin 2 Points Evan Rodrigues 3
Jonathan Drouin 1 Goals Evan Rodrigues 1
Jonathan Drouin 1 Assists Evan Rodrigues 2
N/A Power Play Goals Evan Rodrigues 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jake Allen .839 Save Percentage Tristan Jarry .933
Jake Allen 26 Saves Tristan Jarry 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 30 2 0-2 4-5 10 21
Pittsburgh 31 5 1-5 2-2 4 36
Upcoming Games
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Buffalo. The Penguins have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .462 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .250 after a loss.