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Pens-Canadiens In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins


2:51: Justice has been served! A bloodied but not broken Kris Letang wins it in OT for the Pens! Neal backhands a puck to the cage that Price seems to have frozen, but No. 18 digs it out to Letang, who drags it just outside the blue paint and sends it past Price!!! PENS WIN!!!

5:00: The extra period begins – don't forget the teams skate 4-on-4. Thankfully, Letang back to start the overtime session for his team.

0:00: We're going to OT in Montreal as regulation ends with the Pens-Habs tied 3-3!!!

3:14: Letang dripping blood at the blue line after Pacioretty gets him with a high elbow to the head just after Kris releases the puck. He's being tended to on the ice by athletic trainer Chris Stewart right now. After a few minutes, Letang is able to skate off the ice with blood all over his face and jersey and goes straight to the locker room. Despite the scary scene, he seems to be OK. Somehow, Pacioretty is not penalized on the play.

4:30: Malkin crushes Brian Gionta at center ice before finding the puck, circling around in the neutral zone and feeding Jordan Staal – fresh off the bench and flying down the ice. Staalsy takes it down and roofs a shot top-shelf past Price to tie the game!!! Pens 3, Habs 3

6:59: Now this is what I like to call a formidable trio. Neal, Crosby and Malkin currently skating on a line together.

9:48: We're all back to full strength.

10:50: Pens now get a quick 49-second PP with Neal released!

12:02: With 1:12 left on their power play, Eller gets whistled for interfering with Michalek. We're going to 4-on-4 hockey!

12:13: Staal and Cooke just completely dominated the Habs in their own end. It's so enjoyable watching Staal use his size and strength to just power around players. And actually, on that shift, Cooke kind of reminded me of a football player blocking for a teammate as Staal skated around the zone.

12:50: Neal back to the box, this time for hi-sticking Subban. Pens to the PK.

13:09: Disgusting save by Price on James Neal. While surrounded by three Habs, Crosby dropped a perfect pass to Neal who immediately teed it off – and Price somehow snatches the puck with his glove.

14:53: Pens back to full strength.

16:03: Michalek clears a puck out of the zone that deflects off the ref's skate and goes right to a breaking Kunitz, whose initial shot is saved by Price. Kunitz stops and his skate hits Price, who bowls over into his net – taking the puck with him. However, it's again ruled no goal. That would have been huge for the Pens.

16:25: Wow. Fleury just came up with some huge saves as the Canadiens sieged the net hard!

16:53: Dupuis works hard to protect a puck but somehow he's getting called for holding. Pens to the PK.

19:08: How much do you think opposing teams hate seeing Crosby and Malkin on the ice together? They opened the period together.

20:00: Put your rally caps on Pens fans. Let's do this! Puck drops. Game on!

- Pens outshot the Habs 16-5 that period
- Malkin leads the Pens with 6 shots so far tonight
- Letang paces Pittsburgh with 16:24 minutes.

Horn sounds and the first 40 minutes are in the books. Habs lead 3-2 with Pens outshooting them 28-16.

0:31: Pens back to full strength after an eventful Habs power play! Held my breath a couple times on that one.

2:31: Orpik to the box for roughing after a ridiculous glove save by Fleury on Desharnais. Pens to the PK.

3:20: After receiving a quick cycle back from Crosby behind the net, Cooke drops a puck to Paul Martin on the point – who has to act quickly as he's instantly pressured by a Habs forward. Martin pokes it up to Dupuis, who turns and fires a scorcher past Price!!! Habs 3, Pens 2

6:21: The Pens' first unit stayed out for the entire 2 minutes and controlled the puck the whole time, getting a few good shots, but couldn't get anything past Price. Habs back to full strength. 41 straight for them.

8:21: Pens heading to their second PP of the night! Big opportunity to cut the Habs' lead here...

8:51: Cole's shot rings off the far side post, comes out and deflects off Flower's back and over the goal line. What a lucky bounce for Montreal. Nothing Fleury could do about that one. Habs 3, Pens 1

10:47: Great shift by the Penguins to keep play rimmed in the Habs' D zone just now. Now coach Bylsma is going back to the line combo of Kunitz, Crosby and Dupuis for the O-zone faceoff.

13:47: Cole seems to be all over the ice tonight. He just received a heads-up breakout pass that nearly got him a clean lane to the cage, but Niskanen is able to get a stick in the lane and deflect his shot up and out of play.

17:24: You don't see this every day. Letang sends an absolute rocket to the cage that Price deflects out of danger with the top of his stick -- which literally snaps off.

18:26: Sick play by Dupuis to pick the pocket of Tomas Plekanec on the Habs blue line and go in alone on Price, who comes up with the stop!

18:56: Crosby wins a battle in the corner of the Habs zone, turns and sends the puck to the net – which deflects off a crashing Kunitz and past Price. The play, however, is under review because it's not certain what part of Kunitz' body the puck deflected off of...and it's ruled to be no good because it has been determined by the war room in Toronto that Kunitz punched it in.

20:00: Puck drops to start the second. Game on!

- With his assist on Geno's goal, Crosby now has eight points (2G-6A) in his last four games
- Malkin is close behind with seven points (3G-4A) in that same stretch of time
- Habs dominating the faceoff circle, 13-7

0:00: That'll do it for a fast-paced first. Habs hold a 2-1 lead on goals from Moen and Kostitsyn (Malkin getting Pittsburgh's goal). Pens hold a slight advantage in shots, 12-11.

3:02: Cole forces a turnover on his own blue line and he's off on a mini-breakaway! He comes in on Fleury, who comes up with a huge save on the Habs forward! Flower certainly showing no signs of fatigue in his second game in as many days.

5:21: Pens successfully kill off the penalty and they're back to full strength!

6:20: Erik Cole with a point blank opportunity in front of Flower, who's up to the task with a fantastic pad save!

7:27: Now it's Montreal's turn to head to the PP as Neal slashes Subban (who looks like he embellished the fall a bit).

8:48: Fast-paced, frenetic start to this game. Filled with action. Lots of fun to watch.

12:23: Max Pacioretty moves into double digits in goals when David Desharnais grabs a long rebound and quickly dishes to the second-year forward, who beats Fleury glove side with a quick snap shot. Habs 2, Pens 1

15:34: 41 straight kills for Montreal as Cammalleri is released.

16:16: Pens got two separate fantastic scoring opportunities on the back door, but Crosby couldn't corral the puck on the first one and Price slid over to make a sick pad save on Neal on the second.

17:43: Cammalleri hooks Letang and Pens get an early PP. Habs have been on a roll shorthanded, killing 40 consecutive penalties entering tonight...let's see if the Pens can break that streak.

18:12: This game becomes eerily similar to yesterday's Pens-Sens game as the Habs respond quickly when Travis Moen nets his eighth of the year. Habs flipped it into the zone, Andrei Kostitsyn grabbed it and dropped it to Moen who beat Fleury with a wrister. Pens 1, Habs 1

19:39: Pens break out of their end with Sid driving hard to the net and drawing a penalty. Kunitz takes a shot, collects his rebound and gives it to Malkin, who cuts across the slot and bangs the puck home! Pens 1, Habs 0

20:00: Puck drops to start the first. Pens starting Kunitz, Crosby and Malkin up top with Orpik and Letang on the blue line. Game on!!!

7:00 PM:
Pens scratch Steve MacIntyre and Richard Park.




Fleury back between the pipes to face his hometown Habs while Carey Price is also back in net after starting last night.

6:40 PM:
I put together a full scouting report on the Montreal Canadiens for your reading pleasure before the game. You can get the detailed version by clicking here, or you can watch the abbreviated video version below. Either way, enjoy!

6:30 PM:
Hello and good evening everyone! Right now the Pens are preparing to take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre for the second of four meetings between the two clubs this season. Both teams are in the back end of back-to-back situations, as the Pens earned a resounding 6-3 win over Ottawa in Pittsburgh on Friday night while the Habs fell to Philadelphia by a score of 3-1.

It's the Pens' first trip to the Bell Centre this season, and visiting the arena famous for its electric atmosphere is always a special trip. As head coach Dan Bylsma put it, "It never ceases to amaze, the energy and excitement around palying in Montreal. With some of the history we’ve had here in the playoffs and Sidney (Crosby) obviously playing back in Canada for the first time in a long time, there's considerable excitement."

Bylsma spoke to the media before the game – and 95 percent of his dialogue is about No. 87, but he did say that Marc-Andre Fleury (who got the win in last night's contest) will be between the pipes. Watch below:

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