0:00: Sidney Crosby
blocks a shot at the end of the game and the Penguins hold on during a furious final rush by the Canadiens to record a 3-2 win. Pascal Dupuis
and Sergei Gonchar each led the way for the Penguins with a goal and an assist each. The Penguins are back in action on Saturday at Mellon Arena for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff against the Florida Panthers.
Price skates to the bench in favor of the extra attacker.
Staal gets his third break behind the Montreal defense of the game but once again he cannot beat the last line of defense - Price. He tried a backhander on that attempt.
Montreal has gained momentum following the disallowed goal. They have had several great scoring chances at Fleury but have missed the net on all three chances.
Max Talbot is one of four French Canadians on the Pittsburgh roster. He talked about the Penguins having the character to rebound tonight against Montreal after suffering a disappointing loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night:
Price stops the first shot from Fedotenko in the slot and the rebound attempt off the stick of Malkin to keep Montreal down by just one goal.
The Penguins catch a huge break as the referee blows his whistle before Scott Gomez could knock a loose puck behind Fleury.
Dupuis takes a long pass ahead from Orpik, skates down the left side of the Montreal zone and lets go a laser of a slap shot which goes off the glove of Price and falls into the back of the net. Penguins 3, Canadiens 2.
Even though there are only three seconds left on the power play and the Penguins have not scored, they really moved the puck well and had three or four quality scoring chances. Carey Price is standing on his head.
The speed of Kennedy puts the Penguins on their third power play of the third period. He gets position on O'Byrne, resulting in the Montreal defender holding onto his back as he drove the net.
Rupp skates onto the ice and intercepts a Montreal clearing pass and feeds a pass in the slot to Crosby, whose shot is denied by Price.
A couple shots from inside the Bell Centre. At right is the entrance to the Canadiens locker room.
A great bounce lands onto the stick of Cooke right on the doorsep of Price. The Montreal netminder keeps the game all square, 2-2, with a glove save as the Penguins' fourth power play expires.
Goligoski crushes Travis Moen as he cuts to the Penguins net, much to the chagrin of the Bell Centre crowd.
The Penguins are right back on the power play as Crosby draws his second penalty against the Canadiens of the period. This time former Penguin Hal Gill is caught tripping the Penguins captain. Pittsburgh uses their timeout.
O'Byrne is out of the box and the Penguins are 0-for-3 on the power play.
Ryan O'Byrne gives the Penguins a chance to take the lead by taking a holding penalty.
Price stands his ground to make a save on Guerin's one-timer from the slot just seconds after Guerin's pass nearly connects to the stick of Crosby all alone in front.
Malkin sends a howitzer off the cross bar over the left shoulder of Price.
The Penguins have yet to lose in 2009-10 when they are tied after 40 minutes.
Only the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball can match the history of the Montreal Canadiens.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Brooks Orpik
- Evgeni Malkin
now has six shots.
- Sidney Crosby
has two takeaways.
The Penguins continue to carry the action at the beginning of the middle frame but Montreal comes on strong in the second half of the period as the stanza comes to a close with the two teams tied, 2-2. Pittsburgh continues to hold a 26-15 advantage in shots.
Montreal threatens again but Fleury does a snow angel to keep the puck out of his cage as Metropolit dugs at the rubber.
Traffic in front of the net allows the Penguins to tie the game, 2-2. Staal gets the puck to Gonchar at the right point. His wrist shot is deflected into the net by Matt Cooke
standing in the slot. Penguins 2, Canadiens 2.
2:58: Craig Adams
leads a break into the Montreal end of the rink with a great move to get the puck onto his forehand but Price has been tough since allowing a goal to Gonchar in the first period.
Cammalleri's shot goes off the post to the right of Fleury on a two-on-one break with Plekanec.
As mentioned before, Sidney Crosby
registered his third career hat trick against the Canadiens on Oct. 28:
Two goals here in the middle frame seems to have given knew life to the home team. As the two teams heads to a commerical break Fleury falls to the ice to make a save on D'Agostini.
Roman Hamrlik takes a cross-ice pass from Cammalleri and rips a slap shot past the glove side of Fleury on the power play. Canadiens 2, Penguins 1.
Andrei Kostitsyn dekes around several Penguins before his backhand shot is held onto by Fleury. Fedotenko takes a penalty for delay of game for knocking the net off.
Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy are just two of many Hall of Famers to lace up the skates for Montreal.
A faceoff win by Glen Metropolit leads to Matt D'Agostini firing a wrist shot over the blocker of Fleury to tie the game. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1.
9:20: Gorges skates onto the ice and both teams have five skaters apiece.
Talbot streaks down the left side of the Montreal zone and gets two shots off on Price as the action is fast and furious at both ends of the ice.
After Malkin's shot is covered by Price the Penguins center gets involved after the whistle with Tomas Plekanec. Coincidental minors are issued to both.
Staal continues to create odd-man chances for himself as he draws a hooking penalty against Josh Gorges while still getting a great wrist shot off on Price, who makes the save.
Rupp gives Monreal their first power play by taking a boarding penalty.
The Dan Bylsma Show is one of three great Penguins' produced shows on FSN. Watch a clip below from Episode Two:
Mike Cammalleri makes a great move in the Penguins zone to create his own shot but Fleury is there to find a way to keep the puck from crossing the goal line.
Pacioretty flies back onto the ice as the Penguins are 0-for-1 with the man-advantage.
Montreal takes the first penalty of the game as Max Pacioretty is sent off for holding.
18:23: Tyler Kennedy
stays with his own rebound and fires a shot off the outside of the post to the left of Price.
Much like they have in the first two contests the Penguins are looking to build upon an early lead to put the Canadiens away before the home crowd helps get them back in the game.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Evgeni Malkin
had three of the Penguins 11 shots in the opening period.
- The Penguins outhit the Canadiens, 13-10.
- Sidney Crosby
went 4-1 on faceoffs.
After 20 minutes the score is 1-0 in favor of Pittsburgh. The Penguins also have an 11-7 advantage in shots. Neither one of those totals is indicative of how much the Penguins really dominated the action in the opening frame.
Another big save by Price. This time robbing Kris Letang
's one-timer set up perfectly by Malkin.
Crosby and Guerin are totally dominating this game. Crosby feeds Guerin in the high slot on the rush but the shoulder of Price denies Guerin's shot.
3:35: Jordan Staal
gets behind the Montreal defense but his shot off a power move barely goes wide of Price. Great burst of speed by Staal to create the chance.
Maxim Lapierre sets Sergei Kostitsyn up to the left of Fleury for a tap-in shot but Kostitsyn cannot handle the pass and Fleury covers the puck.
This camera is all decked out for the Christmas season while this fan on the right wears a Montreal Expos hat - what a great logo!
Fleury does a great job staying in front of a slap shot from the left point off the stick of Marc-Andre Bergeron, one of the highest scoring offensive defensemen in the league.
Fleury goes down to his knees to make his fourth save of the period on a wrist shot from Sergei Kostitsyn.
Patrick Roy and Penguins owner Mario Lemieux are two of the French-Canadian superstars to make their mark on the National Hockey League.
Great save by Fleury with his left shoulder on a powerful slap shot from Scott Gomez at the top of the near circle.
Guerin enters the Montreal zone two-on-one with Crosby but his shot sails wide of the net.
The Penguins get the opening goal against Montreal as Guerin circle from behind the net and feeds a perfect backhand pass to Sergei Gonchar, who sends a one-timer past Price. Dupuis gets the second assist. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0.
The entire Penguins' roster participated in a great event on Tuesday. Each player walked the halls of Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville where they delivered presents to the patients:
Malkin throws a backhander off the left pad of Price from the slot.
Crosby, Guerin and Rupp combine to trap Montreal in their zone for an extended period as the Penguins begin this contest much like the first two between these two teams.
Goligoski knocks former Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque to the ice behind the Penguins net.
Malkin gets the first shot of the night as he tries jamming a puck in on Price from behind the net.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury
goes head-to-head against Montreal's Carey Price between the pipes.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Getting a lead and maintaining that lead will be huge against the Canadiens. Montreal is 11-1 when they register the first goal and 8-0 when they lead after two periods.
Martin Skoula is the lone scratch tonight for the Penguins while Paul Mara and Yannick Weber are out for Montreal. Pascal Dupuis
moves up to the left wing on a line with Crosby and Bill Guerin.
Mike Rupp will play on the left side next to Evgeni Malkin
and Ruslan Fedotenko. Max Talbot joins Craig Adams
and Eric Godard.
7:32 PM: Sidney Crosby
has torched the team he grew up rooting for. He registered his third career hat trick in a 6-1 win on Oct. 28 and scored once and added an assist as the Penguins defeated Montreal 3-1 on Nov. 25.
The Penguins look to improve to 3-0 in 2009-10 against the Montreal Canadiens when they invade the Bell Centre. Their efforts will be aided by the return to the lineup of defenseman Alex Goligoski, who has missed 10 of the previous 11 games with an undisclosed injury.
Author: Jason Seidling