Kostitsyn had his first career hat trick and Price stopped 32 shots, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory.
“I liked our effort tonight and thought we deserved better,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “There are going to be nights when the result is not on your side. Tonight was one of those nights. Carey Price was outstanding and stole the game.”
After Phillips and Spezza gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the second period, Bourque tied it with goals in a 58-second span. Bourque’s third goal of the game and 14th of the season made it 5-3 with 5:35 left in the third period.
St. Louis Blues left wing Paul Kariya will have surgery on his left hip and could miss the rest of the season, the latest hit for a franchise beset by injuries to key players.
The 34-year-old Kariya hasn’t played since Nov. 5 in Anaheim, when his body was wrenched by a hit from behind and he tore muscle fibers near the top of his thigh. He had apparently recovered from the initial injury and skated with the team three days this week, but cut short his workout Friday after only about 10 minutes.
This goal was frickin incredible. Not only did Ovechkin have control the whole he made Henrik Tallinder look like an idiot, he then added the falling down effect to make the goal even better.
1. What the hell was Tallinder doing? The cardinal rule of defensemen is to watch the body of the puck carrier so he does not dangle you. What did Tallinder do? He basically said: “Alex, put the puck between my skates because I am going to swing at the best player in the world like a moron.”
2. What was Lalime doing? Granted I give him a pass for this just because it is Ovechkin, but the guy barely has control of the puck and is falling. Why did Lalime not just stack the pads and cover the bottom of the net? Like I said, it is Ovechkin, and it would not have surprised me if he somehow roofed the puck.