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by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Montreal Canadiens with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

0:00: The horn sounds in Monteal and the Canadiens defeat the Penguins for the first time this season, 5-3. Despite the loss, Pittsburgh takes the season series from the Canadiens, 3-1. The Penguins remain three points behind the New Jersey Devils in the race for the Atlantic Division crown. Pittsburgh will be back in action on Sunday at noon when they travel to Washington for a showdown with the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals.

Malkin is back in the penalty box for roughing.

Halak comes across his crease to rob Fedotenko as he nearly got the Penguins within one score.

Not only do the Penguins kill off the penalty, but Malkin, who was serving, took a pass from McKee and beats Halak under the glove for the shorthanded goal. Canadiens 5, Penguins 3.

Montreal will have a 1:32 two-man advantage with Orpik penalized for roughing Plekanec.

This was the scene for many western Pennsylvanians when they woke this morning.

Ryan White gets an elbow into the face of Malkin and Guerin jumps White and engages the rookie into a fight. Guerin gets an instigator, putting the Canadiens on the power play.

Adams joins the play as the Penguins are able to kill off his penalty. Ryan White gets an elbow into the face of Malkin and Guerin jumps White and engages the rookie into a fight. Guerin gets an instigator, putting the Canadiens on the power play.

Adams is in the penalty box for cross-checking as Montreal goes on the man-advantage once again.

Montreal might have just iced this game. Gionta scored his second goal of the game by jamming a loose puck past Johnson from his knees. Canadiens 5, Penguins 2.

Halak stoned Fedotenko from close-range following a beautiful setup from Malkin.

Johnson holds onto a Montreal shot for a timeout as the Penguins now have less than 10 minutes remaining if they hope to make the two-goal comeback.

It might not be snowing at the Bell Centre today but we thought we would show you pictures of the arena with snow since most people following probably did their fair share of shoveling earlier today.

Matthieu Darche just gave the Canadiens a two-goal lead for the second time as he fires a slap shot over the blocker of Fleury. After the goal the Penguins replace Fleury with Brent Johnson. Canadiens 4, Penguins 2.

Pittsburgh just dodged a bullet as the Canadiens deflect a shot off the post behind Fleury but the Penguins clear the puck before it crosses the goal line.

Fedotenko just absolutely hammered Hamrlik to the ice behind the Montreal net as tempers are getting hot between the two teams.

Nice glove save by Fleury on a shot by Maxime Lapierre from the left circle.

Montreal just missed the net on a three-on-two rush into the zone.

The Penguins look to overcome a one-goal deficit for the second time this season in Montreal and complete the season sweep of the Canadiens.


Au revior:
Thanks for logging on to my in-game blog. Jason Seidling will be picking up the final period. Hopefully the Penguins can pull out another come-from-behind victory. Au revior from Bell Centre.

But before I go I have one final message to my new crush (pictured below): "je vous adore."

0:00: Periode duex comes to an end with the Canadiens holding a 3-2 lead. Head coach Dan Bylsma made an interesting move in the final minute of the second period, sending out a line consisting of Pittsburgh's Big 3 centers. Jordan Staal, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin worked the waning seconds of the frame together.

6:03: The Penguins convert a but to make it a one-but game. There was an awkward exchange between Bill Guerin and Sidney Crosby entering the Montreal zone. It was so ugly that the Canadiens didn't know how to defend. Both took Crosby as he drove to the net. Guerin ended up with the puck and ripped a shot through Halak's glove for the but. Crosby's assist was the 300th of his career.  Canadiens 3, Penguins 2.

PS - I love when they announce the goals here. Its sounds something like this: "lske aljfkealjaefakflasjfeaklefalsfj Bill Guerin. klajflejafjeakljfekaklfekafej Sidney Crosby aklfaejefajklejfaej."

6:36: Fleury gloves down a puck and we get a stop in play.

8:50: A scary moment for Habs fans as Andrei Markov fell awkwardly into the boards. He remained on the ice for a few moments but got back to his feet and skated to the bench.

9:51: The Habs converted for a power-play score to add to their lead. Scott Gomez found a loose rebound to the left of the Penguins goal and squeezed a tir into the net. Canadiens 3, Penguins 1.

10:22: Matt Cooke took the puck strong to the net for a quality chance. The Habs countered and sprung Brian Gionta on a breakaway. Gionta sneaked a shot short side through Fleury's pads for the go-ahead but. Canadiens 2, Penguins 1.

12:25: Travis Moen takes a two-minute hooking punition. Pens on the power play.

15:02: Random vent: there are some people in the "Penguins" section of the press box who are clapping and shouting in favor of Montreal. Don't they know the No. 1 rule is "No cheering in the press box." I guess not.

17:37: The Canadiens kill off the punition (penalty) and we are back to even strength.

20:00: Periode 2 underway.

- Malkin extended his point streak to nine games with an assist on Dupuis' but (goal)
- Pittsburgh outhit Montreal, 8-5
- Dupuis has a but (goal) and a game-high three shots
- The Penguins blocked nine shots in the first period

0:00: Both teams came out swinging, exchanging scores in the first minute of play. The tempo remained high for the period, although neither team broke through for a second score. It's a 1-1 game at the end of the first period. It's now time for L'Intermission.

The Canadiens have an 11-7 edge in tirs (that's shots in French).

0:19: The Penguins killed off a two-minute penalty. Staal made a great play on the PK by intercepting a one-timer setup intended for Scott Gomez. If the pass gets through, that is likely a goal. Staal then countered and helped draw a penalty on Montreal. Pittsburgh will have 1:56 man-advantage time at the start of the second period.

3:00: Another observation, I've seen six or seven players loose their edge on the ice and fall down. It led to the Penguins' first goal. I'm not sure if it's the ice surface or just a coincidence.

4:32: A lot of up-and-down action. There was extensive play without a whistle. A couple notes, Dupuis-Staal-Malkin continue to frustrate the Canadiens. It may only be a matter of time before they strike for another goal. Fleury made another great save by stuffing his pad against the post and standing strong.

9:46: Fleury makes a great glove save to stone the Canadiens.

9:54: The Penguins' Dupuis-Malkin-Staal line generated two great opportunities in the Montreal zone, thanks to some great passing and finding the voids in Montreal's zone. 

11:35: For the record, the girl who does the in-game entertainment for the Bell Centre is gorgeous. And she makes all the announcements in English and French, so talented.

12:45: The Penguins generated some great chances from the points with traffic in front on the power play but did not score. It remains a 1-1 game.

15:01: Montreal's Maxwell takes a two-minute hooking penalty. Pittsburgh's power play will go to work.

16:43: The Habs made some nice passes to setup Darche one-on-one with a chance to the right of the Penguins net. Fleury made a great play to poke the puck off of Darche's stick to avoid disaster.

18:58: The Penguins evened the score with a goal just 35 seconds after Montreal took the lead. One of the Canadiens fell down at the blue line and Jordan Staal took the puck strong to the net. His shot was stopped b Jaroslav Halak but the rebound popped into the air, off the body of Pascal Dupuis and into the goal. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1.

19:33: The Habs take an early lead with a questionable play. Marc-Andre Fleury went behind his net to play a dumped puck. Montreal's Mathieu Darche knocked the netminder over. With Fleury out of the play, Montreal's Tomas Plekanec easily shot the puck into the vacant net and the Penguins argued to no avail for a goaltender interference penalty. Canadiens 1, Penguins 0.

2:14 PM: The puck drops and the matche is underway. The Penguins scratch Maxime Talbot, Eric Godard and Martin Skoula. The Canadiens scratch Georges Laraque and Matt D'Agostini.

2:00 PM: Bonjour!!!! It's Sam Kasan writing live (depending on when you read this) from the Bell Centre. The Penguins look to complete a sweep of the season series with the Montreal Canadiens for the first time in franchise history. The Penguins were victorious in the first three matchups and this afternoon represents the final showdown of the regular season.

Author: Sam Kasan

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