PITTSBURGH (NHL.com) - David Desharnais scored the only goal of the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens overcame four one-goal deficits to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5 at Consol Energy Center on Thursday night.
Desharnais deked to his right and stretched his stick back to the left to wrap the puck around Marc-Andre Fleury's right pad for the lone goal in the tiebreaker. Peter Budaj ended the game by stopping Evgeni Malkin in the third round.
The Canadiens forced overtime when Daniel Briere scored a power-play goal with 5:54 remaining in regulation. Penguins forward Tanner Glass was ejected after elbowing Alexei Emelin and Montreal was awarded a five-minute power play. Briere scored his second goal of the game by banking the puck off defenseman Olli Maatta's skate and past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Budaj started and was backed up by minor-league callup Dustin Tokarski. Carey Price, who led Canada to the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics, aggravated a lower-body injury during the morning skate and didn't dress.
Crosby scored his team-leading 29th goal of the season on Pittsburgh's fifth power-play opportunity of the game to put Pittsburgh up 5-4 with 7:21 remaining. Budaj stopped Malkin's slap shot, but Crosby fired home the rebound.
Brandon Sutter scored on a shorthanded breakaway 7:16 into the third to put Pittsburgh up 4-3.
After Malkin was called for slashing Budaj, Sutter stripped P.K. Subban of the puck near Montreal's blue line and held the puck on his forehand before switching to his backhand and firing a shot over Budaj's right pad. But Emelin beat Fleury with a wrister 24 seconds later to get the Canadiens even again.
Pittsburgh led 2-1 after one period, but Briere tied the game 6:17 into the second. Josh Gorges banked a pass off the end boards to Briere, who drifted backward and fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of an out-of-position Fleury for his 10th goal of the season.
Pittsburgh went back in front at 10:38. With Montreal's Lars Eller in the penalty box for hooking, Maatta slapped a shot from the point past Budaj. Jokinen assisted on the goal for his 400th career point.
Montreal got a power-play goal of its own 57 seconds later to make it 3-3 when Max Pacioretty one-timed a feed from Desharnais past Fleury for his team-leading 27th goal of the season.
Montreal's Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring 4:57 into the game with his 15th goal of the season, tucking a deflected puck past Fleury's left pad.
Pittsburgh tied it 3:26 later when Malkin carried the puck into Montreal's end and sent a pass between Tomas Plekanec and Subban in the left circle to James Neal, who wristed a shot past Budaj for his 300th career point. Deryk Engelland's slap shot beat Budaj at 15:48 to make it 2-1.