GAME: Montreal Canadiens (20-16-5-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (10-24-5-3).
TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. EST.
With their longest winning streak of the season over, the Montreal Canadiens
hope to get back into the win column when they visit one of the league's worst
teams -- the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Montreal had its season-high three-game win streak snapped Thursday with a
4-1 loss to visiting Tampa Bay.
Pierre Dagenais scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who managed just two
shots in the third period and were outshot 27-15 overall.
Montreal had earned points in six consecutive games (4-0-1-1) before
"It's frustrating because we have a pretty good thing going," Canadiens
defenseman Sheldon Souray said. "This is a team we're trying to pull away
from, but they earned it. They worked harder than us, they won the battles and
they got the win."
Goaltender Jose Theodore admittedly wasn't at his best, as he allowed more
than one goal in regulation for the first time in eight games.
"It was one of those nights where the puck wasn't really sticking to me,"
he said. "It was difficult for everybody, me included."
Theodore figures to be back in net Saturday, looking to continue his success
against the Penguins.
Theodore has stopped 48 of 50 shots in two wins over Pittsburgh this season,
and is 10-3-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average in 14 career starts against the
One night after a surprising 4-2 victory at New Jersey, Pittsburgh was a 3-1
loser at Boston on Thursday.
It was the fifth loss in six games for the Penguins, outscored 23-9 during
Jean-Sebastien Aubin, making his second straight start in net, stopped 24 of
26 shots. Aubin wasn't pleased with his performance, particularly with allowing
Patrice Bergeron's goal with 2:52 left in regulation.
"I feel like I should have stopped that one," Aubin said. "I felt like I
let my teammates down because they played so well."
Generating offense figured to be a huge problem for the inexperienced
Penguins, but they hoped to get some production from right wing Aleksey
Morozov, who scored 20 goals in 2001-02. Morozov, however, has no points in 10
games and no goals in his last 23 contests.