BOSTON – I wrote about Marc-Andre Fleury for Tuesday’s paper, and rightfully so. He did, after all, win his 300th game with a 3-2 overtime decision over Boston at TD Garden.
Did it faster than everybody except for Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk, too.
But I just as easily could have focused on the game-winning goal, a three-on-two rush in overtime that saw captain Sidney Crosby pass to Evgeni Malkin for a one-timer that Malkin buried past Tuukka Rask from the right circle.
“We (were) three-on-two,” Malkin said. “I know Sid (was) looking to me because we (were) three-on-two. Sid (is a) good assist guy. He passed me (the puck). I (tried) to shoot it hard.”
Which Malkin did.
And it worked because Kris Letang, a defenseman, provided the center drive.
“I was just trying to buy time for Sid to make a play,” Letang said. “I was not trying to get the puck there. I was trying to rush and push that D-man.”
That coach Mike Johnston had Crosby and Malkin on the ice together in a four-on-four situation was notable.
“We tried it a couple games ago, and I really like them together,” Johnston said. “I was hesitant early in the year. I wanted to get a little bit of balance, but I thought they had some great chemistry.”
“What made the play was Letang going to the net,” Johnston said. “He went right through the middle of the ice and created a little bit of hesitation by their defense. It’s nice to have that option, for sure.”
Johnston confirmed that Beau Bennett suffered an injury with about 7:30 to go in the second period during a hit from Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller.
Johnston said Bennett could have played, but he didn’t want to push him.
“Beau got injured in the second period,” Johnston said. “We didn’t feel in the third that it was worth pushing him. We’ll revaluate it tonight just to see. They felt that he could go back out. He tried it. I just didn’t think he was sharp. Sometimes when that happens, that he’s not fully ready to play, it’s better to put somebody else in.”
Johnston was also happy with Jayson Megna, who made his season debut. Megna finished with four hits and no shot attempts in 8:39 while playing on the fourth line with Marcel Goc and Craig Adams.
“I compliment Megs tonight,” Johnston said. “We talked about adding him to the roster and coming up, a young guy, he’s played well in Wilkes. I thought he had a really good game tonight. You could see his speed dangerous out there.”
Club practices tomorrow. Josh Yohe will have your coverage. I’ll be traveling back from Boston.
Be GRATEFUL to each other,