Jake Allen made an NHL career-high 47 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens hand the Pittsburgh Penguins their first loss in six games, 6-3 at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.
Allen’s previous high in the regular season was 46 saves for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 13, 2018. He made 51 saves for the Blues in a 2-1 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round on April 12, 2017.
The Canadiens (6-15-2), who lost six of their previous seven, scored five goals in the third period, three into an empty net. They were coming off a 4-1 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists for his first multipoint game of the season, and Casey DeSmith made 28 saves in his first start since Nov. 13 for the Penguins (10-7-4).
Pittsburgh had outscored opponents 16-2 during the five straight wins, which represented the longest active streak in the NHL. Tristan Jarry had three shutouts, including a 1-0 win at the New york Islanders on Friday, and allowed one goal in each of the other two games.
Jonathan Drouin put the Canadiens ahead 1-0 on a breakaway. After a pass from Crosby hopped over teammate Kris Letang’s stick, Drouin took it the other way before scoring with a backhand through the five-hole at 15: 34 of the second period.
Evan Rodrigues tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 2: 33 of the third period before Christian Dvorak gave Montreal a 2-1 lead 32 seconds later. Dvorak tipped in a pass from Sami Niku in front at 3: 05.
Rodrigues came close to tying it again when a rebound from Crosby came to him in the low slot, but Allen made a glove save on his wrist shot at 5: 38.
Artturi Lehkonen scored for the third time in four games, making it 3-1 with a snap shot from the slot at 6: 16.
Jeff Carter cut it to 3-2 with 2: 37 remaining, but Josh Anderson scored an empty-net goal to make it 4-2 with 1: 41 left.
Crosby scored on a one-timer to pull the Penguins within 4-3 with 1: 10 remaining.
Anderson was credited with another empty-net goal to make it 5-3 after being tripped by Letang on a breakaway with 48 seconds remaining.
Tyler Toffoli scored Montreal’s third empty-net goal with 37 seconds left for the 6-3 final.