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Pens vs. Canadiens Live Game Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins representatives will be providing a live-game blog during Penguins' home games this season. Check back for updates, injury reports and information throughout the game.

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9:28 PM: The Pens defeat the Habs, 5-4, and come away with two precious points in their race to the post-season. Tonight's three stars:

1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Tomas Plekanec
3. Sergei Gonchar

9:10 PM: The Pens take the lead again. Nothing says 'I'm back' like a go-ahead goal in the third period. Gonchar nets this one (his first goal of the year) from the high slot. Fedotenko passed the puck out to Gonchar from inside the near circle to give the veteran blueliner some space to take the shot. Penguins 5, Canadiens 4.

9:07 PM: The Habs tie the game again. Plekanec took a shot from the top of the near circle which Fleury couldn't stop. Penguins 4, Canadiens 4.

9:00 PM: The Canadiens respond with a goal of their own. Kostitsyn finds some room at the top of the far circle and takes a shot which eludes Fleury for the score, cutting the Pens lead in half. Penguins 4, Canadiens 3.

9:00 PM: Max Talbot pounds in another goal for the Penguins. There was a jumble in front of the net, but Talbot found the puck loose in front of the net and he scooped it past Price for the score. Penguins 4, Canadiens 3.

8:56 PM: The Pens strike early in the third to show the Habs whose house this is. Malkin and Crosby were on the same line for the goal. Fedotenko skated into the zone and made a slick pass to Crosby who sent it to Malkin in the high slot. While falling forward Malkin sent the puck under Price's right arm for the score. Penguins 3, Canadiens 2.

8:53 PM: The Pens and Habs return to the ice for what promises to be an exciting third period with the score tied at 2-2.

8:37 PM: The second period ends. Shots were tied in the period, 8-8, but Pittsburgh has outshot Montreal, 16-11, so far in the game.

8:29 PM: The Habs find the net on a five-on-three advantage to tie the score. Mathieu Schneider took a shot from the top of the near circle which eluded Fleury's glove and landed in the upper right shelf for the score. Penguins 2, Canadiens 2.

8:12 PM: The Pens respond with another goal. They were set up in the Habs zone when Mark Eaton received a pass at the near point which he sent to Ryan Whitney at the far point. Whitney took a deadly accurate slap shot toward the net which Satan redirected past Price for the score. Penguins 2, Canadiens 1.

8:11 PM: The Habs tie the score up with a goal from Tomas Plekanec. Plekanec skated the puck through the neutral zone and passed it off to Andre Kostitsyn. Kostitsyn passed the puck back to Plekanec in the far circle and he was able to pound it in for the score. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1.

8:01 PM: The second period begins here at the Igloo. In other NHL games tonight three of the teams the Penguins are fighting to beat-out for a precious playoff spot are also in action tonight. After one period of play, the Hurricanes (who are ahead of the Pens by one point in the standings) are up, 3-1, against the Islanders. Eighth-place Buffalo is trailing Philadelphia, 1-0, after one. Florida (7th place) trails Chicago, 1-0, in the first.

7:45 PM: The first period winds down and the Pens head to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead over the Canadiens. The Penguins outshot the Canadiens, 8-3, in the period.

7:28 PM: The Penguins score the first goal of the game. Evgeni Malkin skated the puck into the Habs zone and passed it through four Canadiens to Chris Minard at the bottom of the far circle. Minard took a shot which Price stopped with his left pad, but kicked the rebound out to Sykora who was in the slot. Sykora lifted the puck into the top right corner for his 22nd goal of the season. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0.

7:15 PM: Former Penguin Georges Laraque and Eric Godard spar at center ice. Laraque gets one punch in before Godard lost his balance and hit the ice. Both players get five-minute fighting penalties for the brief bout.

7:13 PM: The Mellon Arena crowd applauds Petr Sykora for playing in 900 career games.

7:07 PM: The Penguins prepare to play their first home game under new interim head coach Dan Bylsma. The Pens take on the Montreal Canadiens (the Habs) for what is sure to be a nail-biter as both teams are fighting for playoff berths.

Scratches for the Penguins tonight are forward Bill Thomas and defenseman Kristopher Letang. Marc-Andre Fleury is in net for the Pens.

Scratches for the Canadiens are forwards Steve Begin and Alex Kovalev and defenseman Patrice Brisebois. Carey Price is in net for the Habs.

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