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Penguins-Canadiens In-Game Blog

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: Montreal strikes twice within a 24-second span on goals by Cammalleri and Gomez to sneak out a 3-2 win over the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu score the Pittsburgh goals. The Penguins will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Monday when they visit the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

The Penguins use their timeout following an icing call as they will have an offensive-zone faceoff to the left of Price.

Fleury is out for an extra attacker.

Not the finish the Penguins were looking for as Scott Gomez just sneaked a shot through the legs of Fleury to give Montreal the lead. Canadiens 3, Penguins 2.

Looks like we might have ourselves some bonus hockey here tonight. Josh Gorges shot from the right point deflected off what looks to be Cammalleri in front and jumps behind Fleury. It's Cammalleri's second goal of the night if he is the goal scorer. Penguins 2, Canadiens 2.

The Penguins are starting to dominate zone time and keep the Canadiens on their heels as they look to protect this one-goal lead.


Huge save by Price to keep his team within one. Tangradi sent an initial shot off the paddle of Price, who then moved quickly along the ice to make an arm pit save on Malkin's rebound.

Mark Letestu gives the Penguins their first lead at CONSOL Energy Center!!!!!! Letestu took a pass from Matt Cooke, walked down the middle of the slot and buried a shot through the legs of Price for his first goal of the season. Second assist went to Martin. Penguins 2, Canadiens 1.

Orpik just threw out a little free candy as he gave Plekanec an up-close look at the Pittsburgh bench.


Fleury stands up tall in his crease to stop a Lapierre chance from point-blank range.

Former Penguins head coach Michel Therrien was in attendance tonight serving as a scout for the Minnesota Wild. He met with reporters during the first intermission. Here are the highlights from Therrien's media gathering:

On CONSOL Energy Center:
I heard a lot about it before, and I heard a lot of good comments, but just being here is fantastic. They did everything first class. Mario and Ron Burkle are first class people and it shows in their building.

On getting back into the NHL:
I never deny that I want to get back into the game as a coach, but there are things that are out of your control. You just put your name out there and wait to see what’s going to happen. For me, it’s good to be back in the NHL as a scout. It’s good to see some games. And I’m glad I’m able to see some games in Pittsburgh. I know this is going to be the place where I’m going to spend most of my time.

On how much he’s been able to watch the Penguins:

I watch a lot of Penguins. games The year I left, I watched most of their games and I was rooting for them to win the Stanley Cup and last year, too. There are a lot of players who I want to have success. They are great players and they work hard. I watched a lot of games on TV, but this is the first time I get to see them in person.

On if it was tough to cover the Canadiens vs. Penguins:
When I was doing the TV thing, I tried to not have any hard feelings for anyone.

On seeing the success of the Penguins and the player’s development:
It’s obviously great to see the way they’ve came up since I’ve coached them. Certainly, I’m really proud for these guys. They’re learning and they’re playing really well, and we all expect a good season for the Penguins. Not just this year, but for many years. Ray Shero did a great job building a great foundation for the Penguins.

On what Dan Bylsma has done for the team:
He did a great job.

Assist: Tony 'T-Bone' Jovenitti

Mark Letestu wins the opening faceoff and the third period has officially began.



- Upon further review the Malkin goal is not being counted as a power-play goal.
- Alex Goligoski leads the Penguins with 15:50 minutes of ice time.
- Eric Tangradi has a team-high five hits.

Two periods are in the books and the score is even at 1-1. Shots on goal favor the Penguins thus far, 25-20.

Another standing-room only crowd here at CONSOL Energy Center as 18,109 fill the new arena tonight.

Another great glove save by Price as he slides from right to left to stop Crosby's one-timer from four feet away. Price is playing very well for the Canadiens.

The Penguins will have a 17-second two-man advantage as the Canadiens take a too many men on the ice penalty.

One thing I'm noticing here tonight is the Penguins are missing the net on far too many shots. They need to focus on getting pucks at Price, who can be prone to bad rebounds, and just crash the net for second-chance shots.

Comrie draws a penalty as Lars Eller is sent to the box for hooking. Let's see the Penguins pick up another PPG!


Justice is served as the Penguins kill off the Talbot penalty.

Really a weak move right there by Lapierre. He faked as if he was going to drop the gloves with Talbot, then he backed down. As a result Talbot picked up a roughing penalty. Lapierre then had the audacity to laugh about it on the bench. Veteran play I suppose.

Are you kidding me!? Price just absolutely stoned Eric Tangradi's wrist shot from 15 feet as the Penguins rushed into the Montreal zone. That's the second great gove save Price has made tonight.


Big Ben struck one there as Public Enemy No. 1 (Subban) just rang a drive off the post behind Fleury.

All the penalties are over and both teams are back to full strength.


Crosby nearly just brought the house down as he hung Price out to dry before nearly one-handing a shot from behind the net into an open cage. Crosby is close to picking up that first goal of the season.

The exodus to the penalty box continues as Scott Gomez is penalized for cross-checking. Also, the Malkin goal was a power-play tally.

Now that's what I call a goal! Sidney Crosby fakes a shot in the near circle and sends a cross-ice pass to Malkin all alone in the far dot. Malkin gets everything on a one-timer, sneaking a shot between the glove and right pad of Price. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1.

The Penguins open the second period on a 40-second man-advantage.



Special thanks to our hard-working intern, Tony 'T-Bone' Jovenitti for tirelessly scanning the arena floors to take the pictures for the blog. Thanks T-Bone!!

- Montreal's Ryan O'Byrne picked up a hooking call at the end of the first period. The Penguins will begin the second period on a 40-second power play.
- The Penguins outhit the Canadiens, 17-13, in a physical first period.
- Paul Martin led the way with three shots for the Penguins.

Wow, what an exciting finish to the opening frame. At the buzzer Montreal picked up a minor penalty for hauling down Malkin that we will get to you in a second. The score after one period, 1-0, in favor of Montreal. Shots were 13-9 in favor of Pittsburgh.

Tough crowd here tonight as they boo Subban even when he is hurt. Comrie got his stick up into the face of the Montreal blueliner, picking up a double-minor in the process. Do I have to mention the crowd doesn't agree.

Sidney Crosby mixes it up in front of the net with former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill. Crosby took expection to Gill boxing him from getting to a rebound, so he gave him a little face wash.

A nice bonus for the Penguins, Josh Gorges got called for a penalty in the sequence to put Pittsburgh on the man-advantage.

Montreal's Dustin Boyd split through the Pittsburgh defense and earned himself a mini-break, but he ran into a brick wall - the blocker of Fleury! Huge save to keep the Penguins within one.

Montreal strikes first and guess who? Yes, Mike Cammalleri. Tomas Plekanec skates the puck down the left wing and centers a perfect feed to Cammalleri in the slot. Cammalleri takes care of business from there, tossing a shot past Fleury. Canadiens 1, Penguins 0.


Mike Cammalleri scored his fair share of goals from the far dot against Fleury last postseason, but not on the one-timer he just threw towards the net. Third big save by Fleury in a 30-second sequence.

Fleury continues to be on his game in the crease for Pittsburgh. He just denied a big drive from the point by Jaroslav Spacek and the rebound from between the circles by Brian Gionta.

I think it's safe to say the Penguins aren't very found of Subban. Rupp just went after him again following a whistle. Once again, Rupp got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.


Unreal save by Price. He just slid across his crease to deny a rocket of a shot by Crosby with his glove. Nice setup by Kunitz.

Pittsburgh is on the power play as Lars Eller has to serve a Lapierre charging minor.

And now we have the first fight out of the way at CONSOL Energy Center as Mike Comrie takes exception to a late elbow by Maxim Lapierre on Letang by engaging Lapierre in a round of fisticuffs. Good to see the Penguins staying up for each other.


The fans especially liked Crosby knocking Subban to the ice with a thunderous check behind the Penguins net.

Penguins fans haven't forgotten who stepped on Jordan Staal's foot, knocking him out of the lineup during the postseason and the early portion of this season. They have booed P.K. Subban each time he has touched the puck.

Active first shift for Mike Rupp, who laid a couple of solid hits in the offensive zone. Unfortunately, however, he was too physical. He picked up a roughing penalty on his way to the Penguins bench.

The first minute of this game is eerily similar to the seven-game series the Pens and Habs played last summer - the Penguins dominating offensively and a Montreal goaltender making some nice saves.

Starting tonight for the Penguins: Goaltender - Fleury; Defense - Brooks Orpik and Zbynek Michalek; Forward - Matt Cooke, Mark Letestu and Tyler Kennedy.


7:07 PM:
Penguins fans, for the upcoming season, all editions of Ice Time, the Penguins official game program, will be made available at one hour before the game. Click here for more information.

7:03 PM:
We just got the lineup sheet here at CONSOL Energy Center and the Penguins are making one change from Thursday's lineup. Ben Lovejoy will replace Deryk Engelland on defense. Eric Godard is the Penguins' other scratch. Not dressed for the Canadiens are defensemen Roman Hamrlik and Andrei Markov, and forward Mathieu Darche.

Marc-Andre Fleury gets the call in goal for the Penguins opposite Montreal's Carey Price.

7:00 PM:
The Penguins have a couple of items on the agenda tonight as they host the Montreal Canadiens at CONSOL Energy Center. First, they hope to pick up the first-ever win at their sparkling new building after dropping the season opener to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Second, Pittsburgh is looking to exact some revenge on the Canadiens, whose 5-2 Game 7 victory in Round 2 of the 2010 postseason not only eliminated the Penguins from the postseason, it also closed out the history of Mellon Arena.

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