-That was easily the team's best performance of the season. And it was still far from perfect. That's how scary the Penguins are right now. They aren't even close to playing their best right now yest they're still winning games with relative ease.
-Imagine the Penguins with Sergei Gonchar, Tyler Kennedy and Maxime Talbot in the lineup? Imagine the Penguins with a power play running at full efficiency. This will be a scary team if it gets everything running at 100 percent.
-You have to feel good for Chris Kunitz. He's been drawing a lot of heat for his lack of scoring. He didn't get a goal with Crosby tonight, but he still scored on the power play breakawawy. And helped create all three of Crosby's goals. He more than belongs on Crosby's wing due to a lot of attributes he brings beyond goal-scoring.
-Don't for get Guerin's effort too. So far this season, he's played like a guy who is still hungry to prove he's a first-line player.
-It's a big stretch to say Fleury was tested, but he made the save he had to, especially early on.
-It wasn't exactly pretty, but it was nice to see the power play get going a little bit. The goals were late and they didn't really have much impact on the final result, but they helped the power-play units generate a little momentum for future games.
-The Canadiens came into this game with a solid four-game winning streak and they looked like an AHL team tonight. They seemed lethargic, slow and just overwhelmed by what the Penguins brought to the rink tonight.
-Every member of Montreal's lineup was on the ice for at least one goal. Yeoch.
-The Penguins ended up with a 37-24 lead in shots.
-Crosby led the game with nine.
-Lapierre led the Canadiens with five.
-Jay McKee and Matt Cooke were the only Penguins skaters who failed to record shots. Bums.
-Letang led the game with 23:46 of ice time.
-Hamrlik led the Canadiens with 22:24.
-The Habs had a 34-25 advantage in faceoffs (58 percent).
-Glen Metropolit was 7 for 10 (70 percent).
-Crosby was 16 for 24 (67 percent).
-Orpik led the game with five blocked shots.
-Spacek led Montreal with three.
-Did anyone see Mike Cammalleri?
-The Penguins' last regular season hat tricks were scored by Pascal Dupuis and Petr Sykora in the same game, a 9-2 drubbing of the Islanders at Mellon Arena, Dec. 12, 2008.
-Kunitz's four points were a personal best since he joined the Penguins. It also tied a career high.
-Kunitz's last goal of consequence came in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, a 7-4 defeat of Carolina.
-Guerin's three points (all assists) tied a personal best as a Penguin.
-Guerin's last three assist game came was a member of the Islanders in a 6-4 opening night win at Buffalo, Oct. 5, 2007.
-Goligoski had his third two point night of the season
-Crosby speaks. On his linemates:
"Everyone played well. Especially (Bill Guerin) and (Chris Kunitz). Did a great job on the forecheck, created a lot of loose pucks and I was able to benefit from that a few times."
-On going for more goals:
"Once you get three, you go for four. I didn’t plan on letting up or stopping. I think our line wanted to keep doing well. I don’t think you ever stop. You try to score every shift."
-On Kunitz breaking through:
"Yeah. Big time. He’s been getting a lot of chances, especially the last few games. To get one on a breakaway like that. He’s very deserving of it. It’s a great way to cap off a big night for him. "
Kunitz speaks. On breaking his slump:
"You hope so I guess. You don’t want to go too long. You try to put pucks towards the net. You try not to squeeze the stick too much but put them on net anytime you can and good things will happen."
On how he approached his breakaway goal:
"Make a move. Try to freeze the goalie and where ever he opens up put it in or if he’s out too far, make a deke. "
On his steal to set up Crosby's first goal:
"I turned it over earlier. I didn’t want to panic. But didn’t want to let them have an odd man rush. Made a little bit of an extra effort to get it down. I just happened to get on to (Gueirin’s) stick and he made a good pass to (Crosby) for a good goal."