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Penguins-Canadiens In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Canadiens win the game, 2-1, with the lone shootout goal being scored by Benoit Pouliot.

Kunitz's shot is stopped.

Habs: Pouliot makes a beauty of a move to one-arm the puck past Johnny.

Pens: Letestu tries to roof it but Price gloves the puck.

Habs: Kostitsyn loses the puck before making it to the net.

Pens: Malkin dekes Price out of his pads, but just can't get a quality shot off.

Habs: Huge save by Johnny on Gionta!!!

Pens: Dupuis comes in with speed but misses the net.

Habs: Subban's first-career shootout attempt falls short.

Pens: Price's glove whips up and grabs Letang's shot.

Habs: Johnson stones Cammalleri with the left pad!


0:00: We're going to a shootout. This is the Habs' first of the season!

1:21: Huge save by Johnny on James Wisniewski!

2:06: Cammalleri found himself some space and his shot whistles just wide of the net!

4:38: Staal, Kennedy, Martin and Goligoski are the four skaters Bylsma is starting with.

5:00: They're off!


0:00: We're going to overtime, as neither team can find the back of the net in a scoreless third period. Regulation ends with the teams tied, 1-1. The Pens outshot the Habs, 32-22. The overtime period will last 5 minutes (or until someone scores) with the teams skating 4-on-4.

1:16: Yep, no worries -- Malkin is back on the ice for the Pens.

3:55: Yikes, close call! Gionta's stick gets tangled in Malkin's legs and Geno falls awkwardly to the ground and is slow to get up. He appears to be okay, as he's back on the Pittsburgh bench.



6:12: After that confusing string of penalties, both teams are back to full strength.

6:24: And Talbot and Kunitz get an odd-man rush!!! Gionta makes a nice backchecking play on Kunitz to strip the Pens forward of the puck without taking a penalty.

7:49: The 22 seconds has ended, and now the Habs are on a 5-on-4 power play for 1:30.

8:17: The 14 seconds expired and the clock immediately switched to 22 seconds for the next 5-on-3.

8:34: Uh oh. Looks like the Pens are getting another delay-of-game penalty as Martin's backhander goes over the glass as well. The Habs had 14 seconds left in their 5-on-3 power play. Another 5-on-3 will start when Goligoski is released.

9:20: HUGE shot block by Craig Adams!!!

9:58: Johnny attempts to clear the puck and it flies over the boards and out of play. He's going to get two for delay of game, which means the Habs are getting a 5-on-3 power play for 1:39.

10:20: The Habs are going back on the PP as Goligoski trips up Darche. Pens on the PK.



Will Ferrell -- gotta love it!

12:42: Looks like Johnson and Cammalleri just played a game of freeze tag. Cammalleri fell to the ice and went sliding towards Johnny, who jumped up and made a "V" with his legs for the Habs forward to slide neatly through. Pretty funny sight.

15:02: Spacek slides into the post as he gets tangled up with TK, and the Montreal blueliner's arm catches the brunt of the collision. That did not look good.

15:21: TK's out of the box. Pens back to full strength.

17:27: The penalty is over. The Habs are back to full strength, and now they're the ones heading onto the PP as TK is getting two for interference.



19:28: Kostitsyn trips up the speedy TK. That means the Pens are getting an early PP opportunity!

20:00: The puck has been dropped and they're off!


- Letang and Orpik have each logged 15-plus minutes of ice time.
- Not only does Asham lead with five shots, he also leads with five hits.
- Goligoski has three blocked shots.

0:00: That'll do it for the second, with the teams tied 1-1 after 40 minutes. The Pens have 20 shots to the Canadiens' 18.

1:27: Asham wins the draw in the Penguins defensive zone after Talbot gets kicked out of the circle.

3:35: Letestu gets a stick on Letang's blast, but Price aggressively challenges the play and gives the puck nowhere to go but his glove.

5:40: Yannick Weber loses the puck to one of the last people you'd want to lose the puck to -- Evgeni Malkin. But a backchecking Habs player makes a nice play to get rid of the puck.

7:32: After Kunitz gets a great scoring opportunity on Pirce, Mathieu Darche gloves a puck out of midair to keep the rubber in the Pens zone. It touches Letestu before bouncing to Benoit Pouliot, who stuffs it past Johnson. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1




9:29: The penalty is over and Lovejoy is freed!

11:29: Lovejoy's getting two for tripping. Pens now on the PK.

12:25: Jaroslav Spacek sends a blistering wrister toward the cage that rings off the iron! The Pens head right back down the ice, with Rupp sending a streaking Malkin a perfect feed.

13:31: The Bell Centre's DJ just played one of my favorite songs -- the Black Eyed Peas' "The Time (The Dirty Bit)." Rockin' out.



14:36: The Canadiens are back to full strength.

15:11: A couple of big shorthanded chances by Travis Moen and Brian Gionta for the Habs. But Johnny's comin' up big with the saves!

16:04: With the absence of Crosby, Bylsma has put Kunitz, Letestu, Malkin, Goligoski and Letang on the power play.

16:37: We've got our first penalty of the game, and it's going to go to Montreal's P.K. Subban for roughing. Pens on the PP!

17:39: Goligoski rips a blast at Price that the netminder is able to corral. Goligoski is certainly dangerous from that point, especially when he has time to get a shot off.

20:00: Did you know Asham began his career with the Canadiens? They drafted him in the 3rd round (71st overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, and he played there from 1998-02.


- Neither team was whistled for a penalty in the opening period.
- In addition to scoring a goal, Asham has fired a team-leading four shots.
- Goligoski and Lovejoy now have two-game point streaks, as they earned assists on the tally!

0:00: The siren signals the end of the first 20 minutes! Pens lead 1-0 thanks to a goal by Asham, and the Pens have 13 shots to the Habs' five.

0:22: Wisniewski and Gionta have a little miscommunication trying to enter the Penguins zone, and the Habs will be whistled for offsides.

1:50: Nice home run pass from Orpik to Kennedy, whose shot is smothered by Price. The Pens hold a 12-5 advantage in shots right now.



3:25: Kostitsyn wheels toward the net, making a nifty move before firing a shot at Johnson, who makes the save.



5:40: Jordan Staal makes a bid for his first goal of the 2010-11 campaign, but hits the post!!!

6:49: The Habs are doing a great job of cycling in the Penguins zone.

9:27: Cammalleri snipes a wrister at Johnson, but Orpik is able to block it. It skitters harmlessly to Johnny, who decides to play the puck and keep play moving.

12:58: Asham nearly stuffs in another rebound off a Kennedy shot, but Price makes the save.

14:19: These last few minutes have flown by after Asham's goal, with both teams playing some pretty fast back-and-forth hockey.

17:46: Arron Asham, all alone in front of Carey Price, grabs a rebound off the goalie's pad and stuffs it into the cage! Penguins 1, Canadiens 0

18:54: The Pens are whistled for icing. Kunitz, Letestu and Dupuis are out on forward now for the Pens.

20:00: We're underway!


7:36 PM: The line of Tyler Kennedy, Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin wll start up top. Orpik and Letang will start on D.

7:25 PM: The Pens are dressing all seven defensemen tonight with two forwards out. Brent Johnson will get the start in goal. Neither Crosby or Cooke had missed a game this season prior to tonight.

7:15 PM: BIG NEWS -- head coach Dan Bylsma announced less than two hours ago that captain Sidney Crosby and forward Matt Cooke will not play in tonight's game versus Montreal.

Crosby is out with an upper-body injury he suffered Wednesday against Tampa Bay. He returned to Pittsburgh today to be evaluated by team doctors, and Bylsma doesn't think his injury is long-term. Cooke will miss due to personal reasons.

Hear it straight from Bylsma himself!!!

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