The opening period or so of Game 3 was a roller-coaster of emotions, from Shea Weber’s opening goal, to three straight goals against, to losing Jake Evans, and then a majorly unexpected comeback. It was a game full of surprises, and perhaps none were more shocking than Jeff Petry’s no-angle snipe that stood as the game-winning goal when it was all said and done.
The Montreal Canadiens big two on the blue line were exactly what the Canadiens needed them to be after the team went down by a pair of goals. Weber scored the opening goal by jumping into the play as a third man on an odd-man rush, eventually finishing off his own rebound in close to the net.
After his cross-checking penalty played a role in two quick power-play goals for Pittsbugh, Weber simplified what he needed to do in his own zone as the game wore on, clearing out pucks with authority and making life miserable for anyone getting close to Carey Price. Any Penguins player who got close to the crease immediately had Weber or Ben Chiarot in their face, forcefully removing them from the area. It makes life difficult if you’re a player trying to work around the net for rebounds, only to be bullied out of the area and tossed aside.
Petry, the Canadiens’ not-so-secret weapon this post-season, once again continued to do so many little things right to make good things happen. With nearly 23 minutes in ice time, it seems like he never leaves the ice. His dynamic skill set offers some different form what Weber and Chiarot provide, and the Penguins are having difficulty dealing with his when he essentially becomes a fourth forward in the offensive zone.
To navigate their way to a qualifying-round victory, Montreal needed a huge showing from their best players. Weber and Petry are delivering just that — offensively and defensively.