Letang scores redemption in overtime
MONTREAL -- Kris Letang was bloodied but not concussed before he knocked the wind out of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime victory at Bell Centre.
About two minutes after center Jordan Staal pulled the Penguins even to complete a comeback from a two-goal deficit, Letang, the club's top defenseman, was caught with a blindside hit in the offensive zone by Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty.
His nose dripping blood, Letang was assisted off the ice by teammates. He was taken to a dark room and examined by a physician, per the NHL's fresh head injury protocol. He said he passed a concussion test.
Near the midpoint of overtime, Letang stuffed a puck, presumed frozen by Canadiens goalie Carey Price, through the blue paint of the crease and into the back of the cage to cap an energized contest in the city Letang calls home during the offseason.
"It made for one heck of a story line," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
This story line seemingly overshadowed the first NHL game played in his native Canada by Penguins center Sidney Crosby since the day after last Christmas.
Crosby assisted on center Evgeni Malkin's opening goal 21 seconds into the contest. He has eight points in four games since returning Monday from a nearly 11-month absence because of a concussion.
That is a pace for 124 points. At this rate, Crosby could claim the NHL scoring lead by the day before this Christmas.
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