Tomas Plekanec scored the winning goal in the shootout, but that wasn't his most important contribution to the Canadiens' 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night.

Plekanec and his linemates, Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche, were charged with checking the Evgeni Malkin line and they threw a blanket over the National Hockey League's scoring leader.

"That was a difficult assignment for them, particularly for Moen who was coming back, but they did a good job and they created some chances of their own," said coach Randy Cunneyworth.

"It hasn't been just one game for Tomas, he's played well the last couple of games," added Cunneyworth.