You could see that the Penguins were tired and out of gas for the second half of the third and the overtime. You have to give them credit - they did what they needed to do to win the game. Thibault made the saves necessary when they were needed, especially short-handed against Kovalev in the third period, and in the shootout.
The Pens got out quickly and were very competitive early. They got goals from Lemieux and Crosby. Lemieux's goal especially was impressive - he redirected a sharp pass from Palffy off the heel of his stick from 8 feet out. Crosby's goal probably would have been scored by Palffy if it hadn't hit off of the skate of the Montreal defensemen.
Fatigue played a factor in the Canadien's game tying goal - it was three on three in the offensive zone and the Canadiens made a sharp pass from Thibault's right to his left - he had no chance. Pirjeta was the forward nearest the shooter and had sagged back in towards the net. If he's a little sharper (and less tired), he stays out a little bit more to cut off the pass.
I thought we were in trouble when Recchi's shot in the shootout got through the five-hole on Theodore, but hit off of the inside of his left skate and deflected wide. But Thibault made some great saves (seems funny writing that this year), especially on Kovalev, who tried to go up high on him.
Thibault played well. Maybe it's just the bad experiences we've had watching him so far this year, but he always seemed to be on the brink of disaster, but played well enough to succeed. He's kind of like Mike Williams was for the Pirates... he would make you really nervous but would get the job done.
Of course, no discussion is complete without a quick description of Sidney Crosby's game winner in the shootout - he faked the shot on the forehand (even kicking his leg up a little bit), got Theodore to go down, took the puck on his backhand to Theodore's left, and left nothing to chance by roofing the puck into the top of the net. The water bottle jumped. It was beautiful, and a great ending to the first shootout in Mellon Arena history. Of course, Crosby was interviewed after the game and said he just got lucky. Typical hockey players, eh?