PENS RALLY TO UPEND MONTREAL
MONTREAL – Sidney Crosby and Michel Ouellet both scored two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Penguins started well as they scored two goals on their first two shots and added another to post a 3-1 lead over the Canadiens at the first intermission.
Crosby got the Penguins on the scoreboard first 4:33 into the game. On a two-on-one, Crosby took a long pass from Tomas Surovy on the far boards. Crosby carried the puck into the Montreal zone with Ziggy Palffy on the right. Crosby kept the puck and wristed it past Jose Theodore on the short side.
Shane Endicott tallied his first NHL goal 10:43 into the game. On the penalty kill, Endicott took a Mark Recchi pass, split two Montreal defenders and skated into the zone. He backhanded the puck past Theodore for a 2-0 lead.
Maxime Talbot made it 3-0 just 2:34 later when he banged in his own rebound. Ric Jackman and Colby Armstrong earned assists. It was the first NHL point for rookie Armstrong.
However, the Canadiens responded with four-straight goals.
Jan Bulis got the Canadiens on the scoreboard with 20 seconds to go when he connected on a two-on-one.
Steve Begin made it 3-2 just 2:26 into the second period. He slipped through the Penguins’ defense and flipped a puck through Marc-Andre Fleury’s legs.
Sheldon Souray tied the game at 3-all 3:04 later when he skated through the Pittsburgh defensive zone and wristed a shot past a screened Fleury.
Jonathan Ferland scored his first NHL goal to give the Canadiens a 4-3 lead 1:13 later. The rookie one-timed a pass from behind the Pittsburgh net past Fleury.
Ouellet tied the game at 4-4 as he redirected Sergei Gonchar’s slap-shot from the top of the umbrella on the power play with 1:08 left on the clock.
Crosby put the Penguins up, 5-4, 1:58 into the third period. Matt Murley’s shot deflected off Theodore, hit off Crosby’s right skate and redirected into the net. Palffy earned the other assist.
Ouellet scored with 5:03 to go to give the Penguins a 6-4 lead. In the slot, he one-timed Talbot’s pass from behind net with 5:03 to go. Andre Roy earned the other assist. He created the shooting lane for Ouellet as he bowled over a Montreal defender just before Ouellet received Talbot’s pass.
The Penguins return to action in Atlanta on Friday.
ICE CHIPS: Ryan Malone and Lyle Odelein were the Penguins’ healthy scratches… Pittsburgh’s last win in Montreal was a 5-3 triumph on Jan. 31, 1999…The Penguins have won only 11 games in their history in Montreal…In their last five games against Montreal, the Penguins scored a total of just seven goals.