|PIT||3||1||1||(0 - 0)||5|
|MTL||3||1||0||(0 - 0)||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.
|Eric Boguniecki (6) Snap shot - ASST: John Leclair (24), Ryan Malone (15)|
1 - 0 PIT
|PPG - Ryan Malone (17) Snap shot - ASST: John Leclair (25), Ryan Whitney (24)|
2 - 0 PIT
|Jan Bulis (17) Snap shot - ASST: Francis Bouillon (18)|
2 - 1 PIT
|Garth Murray (2) Tip-in - ASST: Craig Rivet (25)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Sheldon Souray (8) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Ribeiro (27), Richard Zednik (10)|
3 - 2 MTL
|John Leclair (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Josef Melichar (8), Andy Hilbert (6)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Sheldon Souray (9) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Kovalev (33), Saku Koivu (32)|
4 - 3 MTL
|PPG - Ryan Whitney (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Malone (16), Sergei Gonchar (35)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Andre Roy (2) Tip-in - ASST: Sidney Crosby (44), Colby Armstrong (15)|
5 - 4 PIT
|Mathieu Dandenault Interference against Sidney Crosby|
|Saku Koivu Tripping against Andy Hilbert|
|Eric Boguniecki Too many men/ice - bench|
|Sheldon Souray Holding the stick against Colby Armstrong|
|Ryan Malone Roughing against Mike Komisarek|
|Mike Komisarek Roughing against Ryan Malone|
|Aaron Downey Fighting (maj) against Andre Roy|
|Andre Roy Fighting (maj) against Aaron Downey|
|Craig Rivet Cross checking against Sergei Gonchar|
|Sergei Gonchar Cross checking against Craig Rivet|
|Ryan Malone Hooking against Alex Kovalev|
|Alex Kovalev Too many men/ice - bench|
|Tomas Surovy Too many men/ice - bench|
|Josef Melichar Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Craig Rivet Hooking against Ryan Malone|
|Alain Nasreddine Hooking against Chris Higgins|
|Saku Koivu Roughing against Sidney Crosby|
|Sidney Crosby Hi-sticking against Craig Rivet|
|Sidney Crosby Hi-sticking against Craig Rivet|
|Brooks Orpik Hooking against Michael Ryder|
|Alex Kovalev Holding against Colby Armstrong|