Coach Dan Bylsma knew going in that a lot of things could happen in the Penguins' game against Montreal Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Having 13 goals scored didn't come close to making the list.

"I was more expecting to gut one out at 2-1 or 3-2," Bylsma said. "Not a 7-6 game."

What made that bloated score palatable to the Penguins is that they were the ones who finished with seven, as center Brandon Sutter threw a wrist shot past Canadiens goalie Carey Price from the right hash mark 52 seconds into overtime.

That allowed the Penguins to salvage two points from a trip that began with uninspired losses at Florida and Carolina.

What it didn't do was remove the specter of the leaky team defense they have developed. They gave up 16 goals, a solid majority at even-strength, over the past three games.

"That's about probably 10 too many, by our standards," Sutter said. "It's something we have to work on, but finding ways to win a game like that is big."