Something new this season for select home games. My backup Josh Yohe offers his thoughts following the Penguins’ second straight loss at home:
= C SIDNEY CROSBY hasn’t had much success figuring out Montreal in recent contests. Crosby recorded a hat trick against Montreal on Oct. 28, 2009. Since then, he’s managed only two goals in 11 games against the Habs. He wasn’t without chances Saturday, getting robbed by a Carey Price glove save in the first period and failing to convert on another of other chances. “We let it slip away,” Crosby said of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Montreal. “That’s basically what happened.”
= Playoff series often produce villains, and that’s what has happened with Montreal D PK SUBBAN. A rookie in last season’s playoffs, Subban played a big role in Montreal’s upset victory. Fans booed the defenseman relentlessly at Consol Energy Center Saturday. Subban’s skate blade ripped through C JORDAN STAAL foot during Game 1 of that series and, 150 days later, the Penguins’ star remains out indefinitely. While fans felt outrage toward Subban when the game began, the Penguins gave them even more reason to spew negative energy in his direction by clearly targeting him throughout the night.
= G MARC-ANDRE FLEURY didn’t meet with reporters in a very rare move for the accommodating netminder. Kudos go out to D BROOKS ORPIK, who never hesitates to face the music, even after the most painful of losses.
(Still considering signoff options),