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Penguins 5, Canadiens 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Canadiens 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Montréal Canadiens 4

MONTREAL (AP) - Sidney Crosby is one of those rare players who elevates the play of everyone around him.

Crosby set up the winning goal as Andre Roy scored his second of the season in the third period, despite misfiring on his shot, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

With the score tied at 4, Roy took a pass from Crosby on a 2-on-1 and drove in on Canadiens goalie David Aebischer. The Penguins' forward completely fanned on his shot, but the puck's forward momentum carried it under Aebischer's right pad and into the net to give Pittsburgh its second and final lead of the game.

"I just went on the ice and drove the net," Roy said. "Sidney's a great player and he sees the ice really well and he happened to feed me there. I don't know if I was hooked but I tried to go back and it seemed like I slipped and it slid between his legs so it was kind of lucky, but I'll take it."

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 42 shots, including 18 in the second as Montreal outshot Pittsburgh 19-5 in the period and 46-23 overall.

"Marc's kept us in so many games, this one was no different," Crosby said. "He did a great job and really kept us alive so it's nice to get the two points for him, too."

John Leclair had three points in the first for the Penguins, who have won each of their three games this season against the Canadiens.

Montreal remained eighth in the Eastern Conference with 71 points, one ahead of ninth-place Atlanta, which lost 4-2 to Philadelphia.

LeClair set up goals by Eric Boguniecki and Ryan Malone early in the first as the Penguins took a 2-0 lead 5:27 in. Ryan Whitney, who assisted on Malone's goal, scored his third of the season in the second to tie it at 4.

Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray scored the first of his two power-play goals in the game 16:23 into the first after Jan Bulis and Garth Murray scored for Montreal as the teams combined for six goals in the opening period, including LeClair's 16th with 22.4 seconds remaining that tied it at 3.

Fleury, a native of nearby Sorel, came up with several big saves in the second, including a spectacular butterfly stop on Chris Higgins' backhand at 14:42. Fleury denied Saku Koivu on a 4-on-3 advantage earlier in the period when he scrambled into position after dropping his stick to stop the Montreal captain's backhand.

"He played a great game but I don't think that was a factor," Koivu said. "We didn't as well as we should have, and we can, and this kind of a defensive effort is not going to take us anywhere."

Francis Bouillon, who left the game with a left leg injury early in the second, played a big part in getting the Canadiens back in the game after Boguniecki and Malone gave Pittsburgh the early two-goal lead.

The diminutive defenseman drew a huge cheer from the sellout crowd of 21,273 when he checked Niklas Nordgren heavily into the boards behind Montreal's net before he grabbed the puck and charged down the right side.

Bouillon took the puck almost the length of the ice before passing across to Bulis, who fired a well-placed shot over Fleury's right shoulder into the top left corner for his career high 17th goal.

Bouillon injured his left leg early in the second and was taken to a hospital for X-rays after he fell heavily into the boards behind the Penguins' net. The X-rays came back negative and Bouillon has a bruised leg.

Canadiens right wing Aaron Downey and Roy dropped their gloves for a spirited fight at 3:02 as Bouillon lay on the ice. Fans chanted Bouillon's name as he put his gloved right hand on his left knee as he was taken off on a stretcher.

"It was kind of an eerie feeling in the building when he went down because I was fighting then and nobody was cheering during the fight," Downey said.

Souray scored his second of the game - his ninth of the season - 14 seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage as Montreal took a 4-3 lead 11:25 into the second.

Aebischer made his second straight start for Montreal despite allowing five goals in his Canadiens debut. He stopped 36 shots in Thursday's 5-1 loss to Carolina, ending Cristobal Huet's streak of 14 consecutive starts.

Notes: LeClair, who had no points in the Penguins' two previous games against Montreal, has 31 goals and 20 assists in 37 games against the Canadiens, who he won a Stanley Cup with in 1993. ... Canadiens D Craig Rivet recorded his 100th career assist on Murray's goal. ... Bulis, who had a career-high four goals in a 5-3 win in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, had 16 goals in 2003-03. ... Montreal has sold out each of its 31 home games.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:42
PIT
Eric Boguniecki (6) ASST: John Leclair (24), Ryan Malone (15)
1 - 0 PIT
05:27
PIT
PPG - Ryan Malone (17) ASST: John Leclair (25), Ryan Whitney (24)
2 - 0 PIT
09:48
MTL
Jan Bulis (17) ASST: Francis Bouillon (18)
2 - 1 PIT
11:13
MTL
Garth Murray (2) ASST: Craig Rivet (25)
2 - 2 Tie
16:23
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (8) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (27), Richard Zednik (10)
3 - 2 MTL
19:37
PIT
John Leclair (16) ASST: Josef Melichar (8), Andy Hilbert (6)
3 - 3 Tie
2nd Period
11:25
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (9) ASST: Alex Kovalev (33), Saku Koivu (32)
4 - 3 MTL
13:31
PIT
PPG - Ryan Whitney (3) ASST: Ryan Malone (16), Sergei Gonchar (35)
4 - 4 Tie
3rd Period
03:50
PIT
Andre Roy (2) ASST: Sidney Crosby (44), Colby Armstrong (15)
5 - 4 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
04:03
MTL
Mathieu Dandenault  Interference against  Sidney Crosby
06:08
MTL
Saku Koivu  Tripping against  Andy Hilbert
14:50
PIT
Eric Boguniecki  Too many men/ice - bench
17:09
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Holding the stick against  Colby Armstrong
17:42
PIT
Ryan Malone  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
17:42
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Roughing against  Ryan Malone
2nd Period
03:02
MTL
Aaron Downey  Fighting (maj) against  Andre Roy
03:02
PIT
Andre Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Downey
03:46
MTL
Craig Rivet  Cross checking against  Sergei Gonchar
03:46
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Cross checking against  Craig Rivet
04:07
PIT
Ryan Malone  Hooking against  Alex Kovalev
06:51
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Too many men/ice - bench
10:08
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Too many men/ice - bench
11:10
PIT
Josef Melichar  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:09
MTL
Craig Rivet  Hooking against  Ryan Malone
14:42
PIT
Alain Nasreddine  Hooking against  Chris Higgins
17:30
MTL
Saku Koivu  Roughing against  Sidney Crosby
18:02
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Hi-sticking against  Craig Rivet
18:02
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Hi-sticking against  Craig Rivet
3rd Period
07:15
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
09:31
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Holding against  Colby Armstrong
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 46TOI: 60:00
Saves: 42EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .913SH: 6 - 6
David Aebischer
SA: 23TOI: 58:52
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .783SH: 0 - 0