Things can change quickly in this game, and the Penguins were reminded of that Saturday night.
One moment, defenseman Kris Letang was in the Montreal zone, trying to get off a shot that would break a 3-3 tie at the Bell Centre late in the third period.
The next, Letang was on the ice, bleeding heavily from his nose which had just been broken by a hit from Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens.
Letang was escorted to the locker room, had his nose realigned, received medical confirmation that he hadn't sustained a concussion and was back on the ice for the start of overtime.
And 129 seconds later, he ended the game by tossing a puck past Montreal goalie Carey Price.
Letang, then, got some revenge for the head shot he absorbed from Pacioretty, and Pacioretty -- who was not penalized for the hit -- should learn today if he'll be getting some unscheduled time off. He has a phone hearing scheduled with Brendan Shanahan, who handles supplemental discipline for the league.
Early indications were that Letang came through the incident with nothing more serious that his fractured nose, although it's worth noting that Sidney Crosby said he didn't experience any concussion symptoms until several days after then-Washington center David Steckel had laid him out with a blindside blow to the head Jan. 1.
Letang, team's core survive blow to nose
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Nov 28