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Pens-Habs Live In-Game Blog

by Jason Seidling / 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: Led by Sidney Crosby's hat trick and four points from Chris Kunitz, the Penguins defeat Montreal 6-1, giving them a 10-2 record, the first team in the NHL to 10 wins.

The power play records multiple power-play tallies for the third time this season. They will now be 3-0 in such scenarios.

Kunitz steals the puck on a breakaway and walks in on a breakaway against Price and goes five-hole for his first score of the season. Penguins 6, Canadiens 1.

The line of Crosby (3 goals), Kunitz (3 assists) and Guerin (3 assists) have combined for nine points on the evening. 

A delay will ensue as a Letang shot broke a pane of glass behind Price.

The Penguins will be on the power play yet again as Staal is hauled down by Josh Gorges.

It's a shame Malkin hasn't been rewarded with a goal yet. He just missed the net after getting Hamrlik inside-and-out on a two-on-two rush with Bourque.

Fans cheer as both New Jersey and the Rangers lose. This fact is shown up on the Jumbotron.

Fans get the "Carey, Carey" chant going.

The Penguins convert on the power play as Alex Goligoski extends his point streak to six games with the goal. Malkin and Guerin get the assists. Penguins 5, Canadiens 1.

Gill is back in the box for delay-of-game.

Price stops a backhander by Malkin in the slot.

Fans were treated to an Eric Godard interview between periods:

Malkin is back on the ice as both teams have five skaters.

Montreal gets on the board when a pass from Scott Gomez to Gionta deflects right onto the stick of Plekanec, who deposits th puck over Fleury's glove for the score. Penguins 4, Canadiens 1.

The Canadiens will have a two-man advantage as Fleury is penalized for delay-of-game. Penalty will be served by Malkin.

Spacek's penalty expires and the Canadiens are now on the power play.

A hooking call against Eaton negates the Penguins' power play.

Jaroslav Spacek is penalized for high-sticking. Also, check out pictures of Crosby's hat trick below.

A change on the second Pittsburgh goal as the assists should go to Kunitz and Guerin.

Carey Price is now in the nets for Montreal.



- Through two periods Sidney Crosby has three goals, his third career hat trick. Watch his first goal below:

Montreal has had trouble stopping the two-headed monster of Crosby and Malkin through two periods as Marc-Andre Fleury checks out a marriage proposal sign.

Penguin fans support players of all generations. This fan is wearing his Bob Errey "throwback."

After 40 minutes of play the score is 4-0 in favor of Pittsburgh. The Penguins now lead in the shot department as well, 23-19.

Crosby nearly records a four goal as his shot is denied by Halak and deflected into the air. Halak recovers before the puck gets behind him over the line.

The action gets rough around Montreal net following a Halak save on Malkin as Tomas Plekanec takes a couple shots at Guerin. Both men receive coincidental penalties for roughing. Action is four-on-four.

Former Penguin Gill makes a nice shot block on an attempt by Letang as the Penguins break in three-on-two.

The hats are flowing onto the ice at Mellon Arena as Crosby records the hat trick! The puck came to Crosby behind Gill and he made a great move to get Halak out of position. His original shot was stopped but the rebound went off Crosby's left skate and under Halak. Assists go to Kunitz and Brooks Orpik. Penguins 4, Canadiens 0.


Pictures of the hats on the ice following Crosby's goal.

Evgeni Malkin's breakout performance in the NHL came on Jan. 19, 2008, less than 24 hours after Sidney Crosby suffered a sprained ankle:

A sequence of blocks in their own end leads to a break for Bourque. His heavy slap shot just goes over top the net.

On a delayed penalty against the Canadiens, Rupp poked the rebound of an Eaton point shot through Halak for his third goal of the season. The other assist went to Adams. Penguins 3, Canadiens 0.

Tempers flare after the whistle between Martin Skoula and Maxim Lapierre.

Crosby wants that hat trick. His between-the-legs move undresses Roman Hamrlik, but luckily for Montreal Halak is there to save the day.

Malkin streaks into the zone and sets up Fedotenko on the right side. A powerful shot by the big winger just misses the net on the right side.

After Crosby nearly gets his hat-trick goal, the Penguins thank the fans for recording the 125th consecutive sellout.

A shot of the 16, 965 in attendance as the sign to the right acknowledges the standing-room capacity of 17, 132.

The Penguins are now 0-for-2 on the power play as D'Agostini returns to the ice.

As the Penguins continue on this power play, watch Sidney Crosby talk about what they need to do to have more success with the man-advantage:

"Big Ben" strikes one as Gionta hits the post to Fleury's right on a shorthanded opportunity.

The Penguins are back on the power play after a high-sticking penalty against Matt D'Agostini.

Montreal uses its timeout.

Crosby scores again, this time on a turning backhander from a Kunitz rebound. Kunitz shot came off the rebound of a Goligoski shot off the right post. Penguins 2, Canadiens 0.

The Penguins almost get an "ugly" goal as a centering pass from Mike Rupp is deflected by a Montreal player just wide.

Adams throws a harmless shot towards Halak from the near boards but the Montreal goalie has trouble and barely gets a piece of the shot.

Gill's penalty expires.

Letang's hard shot from the point is stopped by Halak.

The Penguins start the period on the power play.


- Mark Eaton led the Penguins in ice time at 7:57.
- The Penguins blocked five shots by five different players.
- Crosby led the Penguins by winning four of six faceoffs.

Chris Kunitz is ready to take the ice as the Zamboni makes its final round.

Sidney Crosby's one-timer beats Halak.

The Penguins will have 1:40 of power-play time to work with to begin the second period. They lead Montreal, 1-0, after 20 minutes. Montreal has the better of the shots, 9-8.

Gill clears the puck over the glass from his own end, giving the Penuins their first power play of the evening.

In their first extensive action together, Bourque and Malkin have done a great job in the opening frame finding each other with speed in the neutral zone, leading to quality scoring chances in the Montreal end.

Check out the Nemacolin Woodlands Big 5 played during the first commercial break:

Cooke nearly beats Halak to a loose puck down the ice, but the Montreal netminder is able to poke the puck out of harm's way.

Seconds after stopping his wrist shot from the slot, Fleury is alert to lay on top of a Gionta shot from behind the net. The Penguins are currently outshooting Montreal, 8-7. Tyler Kennedy's absence forced Dan Bylsma to shuffle his lines tonight. Watch him talk about Kennedy and the Dupuis' return from illness at today's morning skate:

Both team at full strength.

Pascal Dupuis takes a pass from Malkin and nearly beats Halak low to the stick side.

Craig Adams dumps the biscuit into the Canadiens end as the Penguins have controlled the puck on this Montreal power play.

Monteal receives the first power play of the evening as Matt Cooke is sent off for cross-checking.

The puck continues to follow Crosby tonight as a shot by Kris Letang at the right point lands on his stick in the slot. Crosby nearly nets his second goal of the night as his shot just misses to the right of Halak.

Malkin appears to have his A-game tonight, dancing around two Montreal defenders before finally meeting resistance at the Montreal blue line.

The Penguins get on the board first. Chris Kunitz steals the puck at the Canadiens blue line and passes ahead to Bill Guerin. Guerin goes right side to a wide-open Crosby, whose one-timer beats Halak short-side. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0.

An amazing sequence of passing and artistry between Chris Bourque, Ruslan Fedotenko and Malkin nearly results in Malkin throwing a backhander under Halak. Bourque made a great blind pass in the neutral zone while Malkin put the puck through his legs to create a two-on-one.

Jay McKee lays the first solid hit of the evening, knocking down Kyle Chipchura in open space.

Malkin records the Penguins first shot of the night when his backhander from the slot lands in the chest of Halak.

Hal Gill steps back onto the ice for the first time since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final when he was a member of the Penguins. Gill received his Stanley Cup ring earlier today. Tom Mast caught up with Gill following the morning skate. Read his story here.

Brian Gionta's turnaround shot takes a weird bounce on Marc-Andre Fleury but the Penguins' netminder is sharp to make a save on the sneaky shot.

This game is under way as the puck is dropped between Sidney Crosby and Scott Gomez.


The Penguins are a perfect 8-0 on the season when Evgeni Makin records at least one point.

7:35 PM:
Fans get a double treat as anthem singer Jeff Jimerson brings both the Canadian and United States' national anthems.

7:33 PM:
Tonight's lineups have been posted and Jaroslav Halak makes his fifth-consecutive start in goal for Montreal over Carey Price. The Penguins' scratches include Tyler Kennedy (undisclosed injury) and Sergei Gonchar (broken left wrist). Montreal will be without former Penguin Georges Laraque and winger Gregory Stewart.

7:32 PM:
Pittsburgh and Montreal split the season series in '08-09, winning twice apiece, including once at home and once in the other's building.

7:30 PM:
The Penguins look to get back on the winning track as they play host to the Montreal Canadiens to complete this five-game homestand. Alex Goligoski enters the night on a five-game point streak (2G-3A) while Sidney Crosby brings a four-game streak (2G-4A).

Fans arrived early to see their favorite team take on the Canadiens.

The Penguins' equipment staff brings extra sticks onto the ice as fans prepare to cheer on their heroes.

The Penguins take in the national anthem.

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