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Pens-Canadiens Live In-Game Blog

Wednesday, 11.25.2009 / 7:30 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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Pens-Canadiens Live In-Game Blog
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 Penguins have a three-game winning streak after defeating the Canadiens, 3-1, at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh is now 2-0 against Montreal this season. Sidney Crosby has four goals and an assist in the two contests.

0:32:
Montreal has decided not to pull Price.

1:54:
Montreal has only four shots here in the final period.

4:02:
A lot of dumps by the Canadiens as the Penguins hold strong at the blue line.

6:42:
Crosby spins and turns behind the net and finds Godard in front. His shot just misses the net as he continues his strong play.

8:48:
Price slides across his crease to make a save on Cooke with his chest.

 

 

9:35:
Hamrlik returns and the Penguins are 0-for-2 on the power play.

9:55:
Fleury moves quickly from his left to his right to snarl a shot from O'Byrne with his glove, eliciting chants of "Fleury, Fleury, Fleury."

11:35:
Pittsburgh heads to their second power play as Roman Hamrlik trips Matt Cooke.

12:19:
One of the stars of the Penguins' 3-2 overtime win in Florida on Monday night was Mike Rupp. This morning he talked about his strong play:



12:43:
Montreal gets on the board as a powerful wrist shot from Max Pacioretty gets behind Fleury off the rush. Penguins 3, Canadiens 1.

13:15:
Price kicks Gonchar's one-timer away with the toe of his left pad.

14:37:
Godard registers his fourth shot of the night when he throws a wrist shot on goal from the high slot.

15:37:
Talbot's centering pass just misses finding the tape of Crosby as the Penguins break three-on-two into the Montreal zone.

16:48:
Neither team has been able to register a shot this period as both have done a great job keeping pucks to the outside.

19:12:
The Penguins kill off the penalty to Adams.

20:00:
The Penguins begin the final frame having to kill the final 47 seconds in Craig Adams' penalty.

THIRD PERIOD

SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Bill Guerin has six of the Penguins 24 shots, setting a new season high.
- The Penguins have an astounding 37 hits through two periods, led by Mike Rupp's six.
- Pittsburgh holds an 18-15 advantage on faceoffs.

 

 

0:00:
A dominating middle frame sees the Penguins increase their lead over the Canadiens to 3-0 following goals by Bill Guerin and Sergei Gonchar. Shots are 24-15 in favor of the Penguins.

0:36:
Staal blocks a shot to center ice and Cooke catches up to it, firing a slap shot off the blocker of Price.

1:12:
Montreal heads to the man-advantage following a high-sticking penalty to Craig Adams.

1:51:
The Baby Pens lead Norfolk, 3-1, in the third period, as their score is flashed on the Jumbotron at Mellon Arena.

3:05:
An absolutely gorgeous goal by the Penguins as Crosby skates the puck down the left side of the Canadiens zones, delays and finds a cutting Gonchar skating down the slot. Gonchar goes to the backhand for his third goal of the season. Staal also gets an assist. Penguins 3, Canaadiens 0.

5:11:
Max Pacioretty rings a shot off the post behind Fleury skating down the left side into the Penguins zone.

5:49:
Here are some video highlights of the Penguins 2010 Penguins and Paws Charity calendar shoot:



5:49:
Fleury uses the glove again to rob a Montreal shot from the far circle.

7:52:
There is no doubt that Crosby could have been a baseball star. He keeps a puck in the Montreal zone with a swing that would make Andrew McCutchen proud. Talbot nearly banks a shot in as a result.

9:37:
Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the Penguins 2010 Penguins and Paws Charity calendar:

 

 

9:58:
Godard gets another solid scoring chance, firing a shot of Price's shoulder.

11:45:
Fleury makes not one but two saves on Ryan White coming down the right side.

 

12:36:
Martin Skoula received the second assist on Guerin's goal, giving him points in three straight games (2G-2A).

13:19:
On a delayed penalty call against the Canadiens Guerin takes a pass from Malkin and stays with a loose puck, jamming it under Price. Penguins 2, Canadiens 0.

13:40:
Pyatt returns but not before the Penguins continue to dominate in the offensive end.

15:02:
Price handles a wrist shot from Gonchar as Guerin tries deflecting the puck from right on top of his grill.

15:40:
Pittsburgh receives the first penalty of the night as Tom Pyatt heads to the box for tripping.

17:04:
Fleury makes the save on Tomas Plekanec's shot on a two-on-one with Mike Cammalleri. The rebound bounces over the stick of Cammalleri, who stared at an open net.

18:06:
Price makes sure there is no rebound following a hard shot from the point from Sergei Gonchar.

20:00:
The Penguins look to build upon their 1-0 lead.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Neither team had a power play in the opening period.
- Ben Lovejoy had the Penguins only blocked shot.
- Bill Guerin, Sidney Crosby and Eric Godard each had two shots on goal.

 

0:00:
After one period of play at Mellon Arena the score is 1-0 in favor of the Penguins. Each team recorded eight shots on goal in the opening period.

1:22:
You heard it here first - tonight is the night Eric Godard score his first goal. He hits the outside of the net from the right of Price's crease after being set up by Malkin behind the net.

2:44:
The Penguins cycling game nearly strikes again as a pass from Staal in front to Matt Cooke barely goes over top the glove of Price just wide.

3:51:
Fleury, down on all fours, keeps the puck out of the net as Travis Moen takes a few cracks at the rubber.

4:15:
The Penguins have had some outstanding performances against the Canadiens during the past few seasons:



4:57:
An icing call against the Penguins is one of the few stoppages of the opening 20 minutes, and the first in several minutes as the pace to this game is as fast as any this season.

5:58:
Rupp nails James Wyman against the boards near the benches.

8:18:
Fleury makes yet another save on a rebound attempt, denying Glen Metropolit.

9:51:
Crosby has it going on again against the team he grew up rooting for. Talbot steals a puck at the blue line and hits Crosby for the mini breakaway, but his shot just sails over the net.

10:39:
Pittsburgh strikes first off the rush as Talbot leaves the puck at center ice for a streaking Crosby flying up ice. The Penguins captain unleashes a snap shot from the top of the left circle for his 12th goal. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0.

11:15:
Godard's wraparound attempt on Price almost sneaks by. The Penguins are outshooting the Canadiens, 6-3.

12:31:
Max Talbot is making his home debut tonight against the Canadiens. During the first television timeout fans were treated to Talbot highlights.



13:23:
Crosby takes a cross-ice pass from Guerin between his legs and makes a power move to the net before being stopped by Price.

14:34:
Max Talbot and Bill Guerin mix it up with a couple Canadiens in front of Price following a save on Mark Eaton's shot from the left point.

16:13:
Carey Price stays on his post to stop Eric Godard's drive from the far circle. Godard, Mike Rupp and Craig Adams totally dominate the Habs for a good minute in the Montreal zone.

18:33:
Marc-Andre Fleury makes a left pad save on Sergei Kostitsyn's rebound chance from right in front of the crease.

18:57:
The crowd gives its approval to Sidney Crosby's check on Ryan O'Byrne in front of the Canadiens bench.

20:00:
The puck is dropped in tonight's Thanksgiving Eve matchup between the Penguins and Canadiens.

FIRST PERIOD

STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Montreal might bring a 12-11-1 overall record into tonight's game, but they are a robust 10-4-0 against the Eastern Conference in '09-10.

7:33 PM:
Alex Goligoski and Tyler Kennedy are the scratches for the Penguins while Montreal is without former Penguin Georges Laraque in additon to a couple key contributors in winger Andrei Kostitsyn and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.

7:32 PM:
Sidney Crosby recorded his third career hat trick against the Canadiens in the last meeting. Chris Kunitz contributed a goal and three assists while Bill Guerin added three helpers.



7:30 PM:
The Penguins return home for a date with the Montreal Canadiens. A win over the Habs would give the Penguins a three-game winning streak. The Penguins defeated the Canadiens, 6-1, on Oct. 28 at Mellon Arena.

Author: Jason Seidling

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