MONTREAL - It wasn’t a good night for Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang.
At either end of the ice.
Letang had the winning goal in the Penguins’ 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens go in off his leg, opening the door for the Canadiens to tie the series 2-2 heading back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 Saturday night.
Early in the second period, Letang got himself tangled up when left with an open net on the power play and didn’t even get a shot off.
“It’s over. On to Game 5,” he said after the game. “That puck (on the scoring chance) went off my skate and I went down. I was off-balance and I couldn’t put it in.”
On the winner, Canadiens forward Brian Gionta just threw the puck at the net from the wing and it deflected off Letang.
The Penguins got goals from Max Talbot and Chris Kunitz for their 2-1 lead after two periods. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, their offensive leaders, had great chances but couldn’t get the puck behind Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who made 33 saves.
Halak stoned Crosby on a power play and Malkin had a partial break with four minutes to go, but didn’t get off a great shot.
“Crosby is a great player, don’t get me wrong. He and Malkin, they are probably frustrated right now,” said Halak. “The last two years they were in the finals and last year they won. I don’t think they are panicking right now. It is 2-2, and it is probably, ‘Put this one behind us and move on’ just like it is for us.”
Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik said his club wasn’t getting frustrated with the Canadiens bend-but-don’t break style.
“They rely a lot on Halak and they played a good team game,” he said. “They try to frustrate you, they pack five guys in the slot, it’s tough to get good chances.
"It was exactly how we expected it.”