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Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Canadiens celebrate their fourth goal during third-period action against the Penguins on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Canadiens celebrate their fourth goal during third-period action against the Penguins on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury reacts after giving up a second-period goal against the Canadiens on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury reacts after giving up a second-period goal against the Canadiens on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' James Neal (right) takes the puck in en route to a first-period goal against the Canadiens on on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' James Neal (right) takes the puck in en route to a first-period goal against the Canadiens on on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Joe Vitale takes the puck into the Canadiens' zone during first-period action on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center. Vitale signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Joe Vitale takes the puck into the Canadiens' zone during first-period action on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center. Vitale signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Brian Gibbons gets sandwiched between the Canadiens' Alexei Emelin and goalie Peter Budaj during the first period Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Brian Gibbons gets sandwiched between the Canadiens' Alexei Emelin and goalie Peter Budaj during the first period Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Canadiens' Daniel Briere scores a second-period goal against Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Canadiens' Daniel Briere scores a second-period goal against Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Olli Maatta scores a second-period power-play goal as the Canadiens' Thomas Plekanec defends Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Olli Maatta scores a second-period power-play goal as the Canadiens' Thomas Plekanec defends Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' James Neal (right) celebrates a first-period goal against the Canadiens on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' James Neal (right) celebrates a first-period goal against the Canadiens on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Canadiens center David Desharnais celebrates a game-winning shootout goal over Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Canadiens center David Desharnais celebrates a game-winning shootout goal over Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj makes a glove save on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby during a shootout Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj makes a glove save on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby during a shootout Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby gets denied by Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj on a shootout attempt Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Penguins captain Sidney Crosby gets denied by Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj on a shootout attempt Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj denies Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on a third-period shot Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj denies Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on a third-period shot Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrates a third-period goal against the Canadiens on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrates a third-period goal against the Canadiens on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Penguins center Brandon Sutter beats Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj for a third-period goal Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Penguins center Brandon Sutter beats Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj for a third-period goal Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges keeps the puck from the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges keeps the puck from the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin gets denied in a shootout attempt by Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin gets denied in a shootout attempt by Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Canadiens' Lars Eller skates past the Penguins' Chuck Kobasew during second-period action Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Canadiens' Lars Eller skates past the Penguins' Chuck Kobasew during second-period action Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Canadiens celebrate with goalie Peter Budaj following a shootout victory over the Penguins on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Canadiens celebrate with goalie Peter Budaj following a shootout victory over the Penguins on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.

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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 10:00 p.m.
 

The Penguins looked plenty sloppy on Thursday in their first game in 20 days.

According to some of the Penguins, the officials were a little sloppy, too.

Montreal emerged with a 6-5 shootout victory at Consol Energy Center, but the talk following the game revolved around a third-period penalty to Tanner Glass.

With the Penguins protecting a one-goal lead, Glass was given a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct for a hit against Montreal's Alexei Emelin. Replays showed that Glass never made contact with Emelin's head, and that Emelin actually struck himself with his hands and stick.

“There were some calls out there that you struggle to see where they're coming from,” Glass said. “But they've had some time off, too.”

Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game to even the contest with 5:54 remaining, and the Canadiens eventually emerged with a shootout goal thanks to David Desharnais' tally. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had two points each in the contest but were blanked in the shootout.

Had Glass not been assessed the penalty, the Penguins might have emerged with two points.

“I understand why he called it from his angle,” Glass said. “It looked bad with the follow-through. I didn't make any contact with his head at all. He put his sticks and gloves up.

“That's why I followed through the way I did, to keep the stick away from my face.”

Coach Dan Bylsma didn't like the call, simply stating that referees “don't get to see the replay.”

Defenseman Rob Scuderi said the hit didn't “merit a five-minute penalty.”

Still, the Penguins hardly played a game that will leave them pleased, questionable officiating or not.

Montreal scored two power-play goals against the league's second-best penalty killing unit and scored a third goal only a moment after Malkin emerged from the penalty box.

Even if the penalty against Glass was debatable, Crosby and Malkin were guilty of frustration slashing penalties in the third period.

“It certainly wasn't our best game,” defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said. “It was different out there. We gave up too many quality chances. It's tough. When you're putting up five goals, you should win. As for the penalty kill, we had a good plan. We didn't get any bounces, and there were a couple of unfortunate plays.”

The Penguins players that participated in the Olympics looked sharp. Crosby, Malkin, Olli Maatta and Jussi Jokinen combined for seven points.

However, other members of the Penguins looked rusty.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped only 24 of 29 shots.

The Penguins also received a subpar night for their bottom-six, something that has been a concern for most of the season. Although third-line center Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal, the five-on-five work from the bottom two lines wasn't strong.

Glass and fourth-line center Joe Vitale were both in the penalty box while goals were scored.

The third line was on the ice during Montreal's first goal of the game, and the fourth line was on the ice during the Canadiens' second goal.

Although the Penguins' performance easily could be attributed to rust, they refused to make such an excuse.

“I don't think so,” Scuderi said. “I think the coaches did a good job of starting us slow and revving us up as the week went on. Certainly, though, we were a little off as far as team chemistry goes.”

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jyohe@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.

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