MONTREAL -- You've got to hand it to Jordan Staal, the guy looked pretty good for someone who had a tendon in his foot sliced in Game 1 and required surgery to repair the wound. He played 13:24, had a couple of decent scoring chances, and won five of eight faceoffs.
"The plan was to ease him back to minutes, start him on the fourth line," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "And I think I was pretty confident that once he got a few shifts under his belt that he would be fine. The game played out pretty close to what I thought it might be for Jordan in terms of minutes he played and the situations he played in and ... I didn't think he missed a step. I think he looked pretty good."
Letang's own-goalBylsma said the team didn't dwell too much on the own-goal that bounced off Kris Letang's skate and into the Penguins' goal for the winning tally.
"Those situations, it's not the first time that's happened in a game and you've got to get refocused on it and keep playing and that's just the message to Kris," Bylsma said. "I think [that message] comes from the coaches, but I also think it comes from his bench and you've got to fight through that."
Thunder Bay shout-out!Usually when you think Thunder Bay, Ontario, you think the Staal family. But on this night, it was Tom Pyatt who was the T-Bay man of the hour, scoring his first playoff goal early in Game 4.
"You never know, especially early in the game, when the goalie hasn't seen many shots," said Pyatt, who came to the Habs as part of the Scott Gomez trade from the New York Rangers last offseason. "Just get the puck to the net, and even if it doesn't go in, there can be rebounds, and there are a lot of rebound goals. I was just focusing on getting it to the net."
Not only was the goal his first, it was also his first point of the postseason.
"It was starting to get a little frustrating," he said. "Obviously, you want to contribute, but I just kept telling myself to keep doing the same things. I was getting some chances the last few games and kept shooting the puck because eventually it is going to go in."