The Penguins talked.

The Penguins listened.

A game after they played one of their worst — if not bottom-of-the-barrel — games, they rebounded Wednesday night with a 5-1 trouncing of the Montreal Canadiens at Consol Energy Center.

“It was a good response,” Penguins center Sidney Crosby said of his team’s comeback from a loss by the same score at home Monday night against Florida.

In particular, Crosby couldn’t stifle a grin over what happened near the end, when one of his teammates had the intention of making the response game complete by way of his fists.

The Canadiens, frustrated, began to get chippy. After a series of events that led to a scrum around the Penguins net, the goaltenders — the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury and Montreal’s Peter Budaj — began eyeing one another from opposite ends of the ice.

“It was a little scrum in my net,” Fleury said. “I backed off and I saw the other goalie was going to the blue [line]. I looked at him; he looked at me.”

They skated toward each other and threw off their blockers and gloves. The officials, though, intervened before the two could fight.

His teammates were left to teeter. They knew it wasn’t smart for their No. 1 goalie — who improved his league-best win total to 28 by stopping 23 of Montreal’s 24 shots — to risk getting hurt, but they were entertained by the idea of the netminders fighting.

“I haven’t been on the ice for [a goalie fight] since junior, so [we just said], ‘Let’s go, ‘Flower,’ do a good job’ ” Crosby said. “I don’t know who would win, but I think both looked like they were pretty willing.”

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was the voice of wisdom, saying: “I commend the referees,. They did a good job of stopping that one and not letting that happen.”

There wasn’t much else that was stern about the Penguins reaction and demeanor after the game. They had produced all sorts of adjectives and descriptive phrases to describe the loss to Florida. None were complimentary; all aimed at themselves.