Penguins’ Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin celebrate second-period goal on Wednesday night. Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette
• At a Glance: A complete lack of discipline cost the Canadiens dearly against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Penguins scored four times with an extra attacker and defeated the Canadiens 5-2 less than a week after losing 2-1 in a shootout on Bell Centre Ice.
Pittsburgh opened the scoring 12:57 into the game when Alex Goligoski fired a rocket to the top corner on Carey Price’s glove hand off a pass from Chris Kunitz.
But it didn’t take long for the Canadiens to reply. Only 18 seconds later, Tomas Plekanec scores his 13th of the season to tie the game off a pass in front of Marc-André Fleury’s crease from Mathieu Darche.
In the second period, David Desharnais scored the first NHL goal of his career when he redirected a P.K. Subban point shot over Fleury’s shoulder 2:15 into the period.
But like the Canadiens in the first period, the Penguins wasted little time getting back into the game.
Tyler Kennedy scored a power-play goal at the 4:15 mark when Kris Letang faked a shot and passed to Tyler Kennedy, who fired a one-timer past Price.
Jordan Stall scored another power-play goal for the Penguins with 11 seconds to play in the second period to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead.
Goligoski made it 4-2 Penguins with another goal with the man advantage early in the third period when he left his position at the point and found a loose puck in the crease and punched it home.
• What It Means: Montreal’s three-game winning streak is snapped and its record drops to 24-17-3 to remain at 51 points, two behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins hold two games in hand, however.
• What’s Next: The New York Rangers visit the Bell Centre on Saturday night before the Calgary Flames come to town on Monday and the Canadiens play the Sabres in Buffalo the following night.