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by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins


0:00: Pens earn an emphatic 5-2 victory over Montreal at the Bell Centre thanks to four-consecutive PP goals!

1:03: Big sequence of saves by Fleury! Goligoski's getting called on the play. He's heading to the box for hooking. Pens on the PK.

3:39: Price denies Goligoski's hat trick bid when he scoops up a shot from the Pens blueliner.

5:34: Both teams are back to full strength.

7:34: After a scrum ensues in front of Fleury, Orpik and Gomez are getting coincidentals as the Pens defenseman protects his goalie from any liberties taken by the Habs. We're going to 4-on-4 hockey for the next two minutes.

 

8:31: Four power play goals for the Pens!!! Two bodies in front of Carey Price allow Letang's shot from the point to find the back of the net. Goligoski and Martin will get the assists. Penguins 5, Canadiens 2

9:51: The Canadiens are starting to get frustrated, and they're heading to the box again, as Wisniewski is going for hooking.

10:08: Big scoring chance for the Habs just now, but the Pens are able to clear and carry it back down the ice.

 

13:20: Habs are back to full strength.

13:27: Kennedy manuevers through traffic in front of the net, but his backhand shot is saved by Price. Now Letestu and Subban are fighting as tempers flare after the play! Letestu throws Subban to the ground in an impressive display of strength. He definitely won that one.

15:20: The Habs thought they just scored, but it's waved off as the ref had his arm up for a delayed penalty after Pouliot slashed Kennedy. Pens back on the PP!!!

   

17:27: With Staal battling in front of the cage, Goligoski crashes the net and stuffs the puck into a wide-open net! Third PP goal of the night for the Pens and Goligoski's second of the night! Penguins 4, Canadiens 2

18:49: Scary moment just now. Pouliot tripped up Michalek as the two were racing to the puck and Z fell awkwardly into the boards. He seems to be okay. Pens on the PP.

20:00: The final frame has commenced!

THIRD PERIOD


SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Staal now has a goal and an assist after entering tonight pointless hrough five games.
- He's also leading the team with five hits.
- The Pens are 2-for-3 on the power play against the No. 1-ranked PK unit in the NHL.

0:00: The Pens will take a 3-2 lead into the third, and they're outshooting the Habs by a margin of 23-15.

0:10: FIRST GOAL OF THE YEAR FOR STAAL! His shot from the left faceoff dot beats Price shortside! Penguins 3, Canadiens 2

1:40: The Canadiens just got caught with their collective hand in the cookie jar, as they're whistled for too many men on the ice. Pacioretty will serve it. Pens will end the period on the PP!

2:43: Bylsma said before the game he wanted his team to have more of a netfront presence, and the line of Cooke-Staal-Kennedy certainly provided that just now.

 
Georges Vezina? Isn't there some sort of prestigious trophy named after him? :)

4:29: The tempo has really picked up in this game. It's completely opened up with each team playing some fantastic hockey, spurred by solid goaltending.

5:18: The Habs have the Pens pinned in their defensive zone and are getting some quality scoring chances, but Fleury's come up big every time!

 

7:57: Habs back to full strength.

8:05: Then Malkin and TK get a 2-on-1 of their own, but Price makes a huge save!

8:17: Goligoski is having a heck of a game. The Habs wheeled down the ice on a shorthanded 2-on-1, but Goligoski made a perfectly-timed sliding block to break up the play.

9:10: Kunitz gets the puck all alone by the post, but can't jam it in.

9:15: Lots of communication by the Pens on this man-advantage. You can hear them yelling to each other from here.

10:01: Pens back on the PP as Wisniewski slashes Dupuis in the neutral zone.

11:58: Tom Pyatt nearly beats Goligoski for a breakaway, but great footspeed and a clean, active stick by No. 3 breaks that chance up.

12:16: Asham, who scored the Pens' only goal the last time these two teams faced off, gets a quality scoring chance but is stymied by Price.

 

14:20: Ahh, Kennedy nearly scores again! TK whips a backhand at Price, who had no idea where the puck was! But he ends up making the save.

15:48: But Price can't stop TK!!! Staal cleanly wins the draw back to Letang, who places the puck right on TK's stick. Kennedy one-times it past Price for his first PP goal of the season. Penguins 2, Canadiens 2

15:52: Martin tees off a drop pass from Letang that Price smothers.

16:56: Price with a huge save on Kunitz, who gets hi-sticked immediately after the play by Pouliot. The Habs forward is heading to the box, Pens on the PP.

 

17:45: PK Subban's shot from the point deflects off the stick of David Desharnais and veers past a stunned Fleury. Canadiens 2, Penguins 1

19:07: Fleury makes a nice breakout pass to Kunitz. Textbook, actually. But the Habs regain the puck in the neutral zone and bring it back in the Pens zone for a shot.

20:00: The middle frame is off and running.

SECOND PERIOD





FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Goligoski is just one goal from tying his career high of eight, set last year through 69 games.
- The Habs have had two power plays, the Pens have had none.
- Kunitz leads with four hits.

0:00: That's it for the first. The game is tied 1-1 after the first 20 minutes, with the Pens outshooting the Canadiens 9-6.

2:05: Fleury just made a save on Wisniewski's shot from the point with Gionta breathing down his neck. Great stop by Flower.

2:46: Letang just got in touch with his offensive side, nearly deking out a Habs blueliner who is able to recover and step up on No. 58.

3:34: Travis Moen tries to lay a hit on Mike Rupp, who nimbly sidesteps him. Moen subsequently crashes into the boards and is slow to get up.

 
What's your favorite Owen Wilson movie? I think it's a tossup between Zoolander and Wedding Crashers.

4:44: Malkin leading the forecheck in the Habs zone. I like watching Geno gather speed, he can really get going. The Pens get a shot on Price, but he holds onto the puck for the faceoff.

6:45: Talk about a quick turnaround...Benoit Pouliot sends a pass from behind the net to Gionta, who's posted up in the slot. He then tips it to Plekanec, who shovels it past Fleury for the score. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1

7:03: Four Pens head up the ice on an odd-man rush and Kunitz drops a pass to Goligoski, who rips a rocket at Price that absolutely flies into the back of the net! Penguins 1, Canadiens 0

 

8:18: Pens back to full strength.

8:19: With one second left in the Habs' PP, Dupuis and Cooke get a 2-on-1. Cooke slid it over to the speedy Dupuis, who went to his backhand and nearly lifted the puck over Price. But he's got a quick glove, and was able to make the save.

10:34: Huge save by Fleury on Tomas Plekanec, who went on a breakaway after receiving a great give-and-go pass from a teammate that capitalized on a Pens turnover. But now Letang is going to head to the box for slashing. Pens on the PK.

12:42: Matt Cooke just discovered a plethora of open ice and has time to rip a slapshot at Price from the slot, but the goalie is able to make the save.

 

14:35: Michalek very nearly got his first goal of the season just now, but Price is able to get a piece of it! He went to the net hard to pick up a Malkin rebound.

15:05: Kennedy wreaking havoc behind the Habs net. TK is quite the one-man wrecking crew this shift!

16:00: Lars Eller gets a point-blank shot that deflects up and floats over the net and out of danger.

17:21: Pens back to full strength.

18:21: Spectacular play by Craig Adams. He swooped down low to help Letang in the corner and was able to chip the puck out of the Pittsburgh zone.

19:21: The Pens are not getting the start they wanted, as they're going to head to the PK early with Goligoski going off for hooking.

19:38: Letang and Goligoski are the starting defensive pair for the Pens.

20:00: Here we go!

FIRST PERIOD

7:32 PM: Here's the starting lineup the Habs are going with: Max Pacioretty-Scott Gomez-Brian Gionta up top, James Wisniewski and Roman Hamrlik on defense, and Carey Price back in the cage.

7:30 PM: Engelland is in on defense. The Pens lines:

Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Kunitz-Malkin-Dupuis
Rupp-Talbot-Conner
Adams-Letestu-Asham

Orpik-Letang
Martin-Michalek
Goligoski-Engelland

Fleury gets the nod between the pipes in front of his hometown crowd.

7:20 PM: Just over an hour before gametime, the Pens announced that forward Dustin Jeffrey has been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

7:15 PM: The Pens are at the Bell Centre for the second time in exactly one week.

The Pens' Jan. 6 tilt here marked the first game of the season that captain Sidney Crosby missed -- tonight marks the fourth-straight contest that he will be out of the lineup as he recovers from a mild concussion. Pittsburgh is looking to get their first win tonight without Crosby.

Watch head coach Dan Bylsma discuss Sid's status and the repercussions that his absence is having on the team:

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