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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Penguins Fall 3-2 To The Canadiens In Pittsburgh Home Opener by @WillHirschNHL

Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta tries to ward off Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (Via Gregory Shamus NHLI/Getty Images)
Penguins fall to 0-3 on the season after dropping it's home opener 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsburgh's rough start to the season continued early in the first period when for the third straight game, the Pens failed to score first.

Canadiens left winger Max Pacioretty put Montreal on the board just 5:46 into the game. The goal was Pacioretty's third goal of the season.

The Penguins had a missed opportunity later in the first when right winger Patric Hornqvist couldn't connect on a wide open net tap in goal as he was tied up by Montreal center David Desharnais.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby also recorded his first shot on goal of the season with 4:13 to play in the first frame. He would later add three more shots on goal in this game.

The second period started with a goal from right winger Beau Bennett to tie the game at one a piece 5:31 into the middle frame. The goal was nothing fancy. Bennett just streaked down the right wing and ripped a perfectly placed shot past goaltender Carey Price's blocker.

After getting momentum from the Bennett goal, the Pens were buzzing but were called for too many men on the ice which lead to a Pacioretty power play goal. It was his second of the game and put the Canadiens up 2-1.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returned the favor 1:24 later. Letang was set up by center Evgeni Malkin and right winger Phil Kessel. Both Malkin and Kessel's assists were the first assists by a Pens player of the season (148:45).

Right winger Tomas Fleischmann put the Canadiens up 3-2 with 14:40 left in regulation.

The Pens couldn't muster much during the remainder of the game and drop to 0-3 for the first time since 2001.

With tonights win, the Habs start a season 4-0 for the first time in club history.

Many analysts and fans came into this season talking about how the Penguins power play could be something special. However, after tonights loss, the Penguins are 0-9 on the man advantage in the early stages of the 2015-2016 season.

For a team that boasts a number one power play unit like Pittsburgh does, that's something to be concerned about.

Another point of concern is Crosby simply can't go 135:47 without a shot on goal. He has to shoot the puck more if the Penguins want to eventually find success.

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