The Pens came out shooting early... and kept firing all through the first. The Pens had a number of quality chances that demanded some acrobatics from Habs goaltender Carey Price. The Pens were not without their chances against, however, with Montreal getting a few great chances that Fleury stole in his favor. James Neal continued his frenetic pace, and reaped the benefits again for his hard work. He didn't get a whole lot on the wrister that got by Price (and Price misplayed it by dropping way too early), but it managed to ring off the post and in for his league-leading seventh goal.
Other notables were Richard Park, Matt Cooke, and Dustin Jeffrey; all three had strong appearances in the first. Park continued his excellent work between Neal and Sullivan, showing tenacity on the forecheck and creating a number of chances. Matt Cooke had a great opportunity on Price, while setting up a fantastic chance for Jeffrey and Letestu in the slot.
Steve Sullivan had a great chance on an open 4x6 that Price somehow dove to keep out. Sullivan is still searching for his first as a Penguin. Keep putting them on net, Sully, that first will come soon. Just ask James Neal...
Tune in for the second!