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Montréal Canadiens 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Montréal Canadiens 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 FINAL
Montréal Canadiens 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins knew it might be grim during this rebuilding season, especially after Mario Lemieux was injured. Not even they guessed it might get record-setting, all-time-worst bad.

Niklas Sundstrom and Saku Koivu scored after Montreal squandered a two-goal lead and the Canadiens sent the Penguins to a club record-tying 11th consecutive loss, 4-3 Tuesday night.

The Penguins, owners of a league-worst 11-36-5-3 record, will take two losing streaks into their weeklong All-Star break. They have lost 10 straight at home, putting them in position to tie the league record of 11 _ held by four clubs _ next Tuesday against Boston.

No wonder coach Eddie Olczyk is running out of patience, even with a young team that has few proven goal scorers or skilled defensemen. He's taking a weekend trip to watch the Penguins' top farm team and may return with a few new players.

``If you see four or five guys who deserve to come up, maybe that will be the case. We have guys here who have plenty enough chances,'' he said.

What the Penguins don't have are many victories. They haven't won at any venue since a 2-1 victory in Philadelphia on Jan. 12 or at Mellon Arena since beating Chicago 1-0 on Dec. 29. The 11-game overall losing streak ties that set from Jan. 22-Feb. 10, 1983.

Olczyk was especially angry the Penguins trailed 2-0 barely two minutes into the game against the same team that embarrassed them 8-0 on Jan. 10 in Pittsburgh.

``Our preparation, or the lack of it, was not acceptable,'' he said.

The Penguins rallied to take a 3-2 lead on goals by Steve Begin and Mike Ribeiro, with Eric Meloche, Konstantin Koltsov and Rico Fata scoring in succession to give them a rare home lead. The Penguins have been outscored 49-14 during their home losing streak.

Koltsov and Fata scored with a man advantage _ also an uncommon occurrence for the league's worst home power-play unit. The Penguins were 12-for-116 on the power play at home before scoring on two of their first three chances.

But the Canadiens, who scored on their first two shots, shook off their midgame lapse to win for only the third time in seven games. Backup goalie Mathieu Garon made 32 saves for his second straight win.

``After (it was 2-0), we kind of got in a comfort zone and started trying to make plays and be fancy,'' defenseman Stephane Quintal said. ``But I thought we played well in the third, stayed composed and played some good defensive hockey.''

After Fata gave Pittsburgh its only lead at 3-2 with his first goal since Jan. 1, a 16-game span, Koivu tied it midway through the second period with Meloche off for tripping. With Penguins goalie Sebastien Caron occupied with Richard Zednik in front of the net, Koivu swept in to tip Andrei Markov's shot from the point just after it deflected off Zednik.

Sundstrom scored what proved to be the decisive goal with just over four minutes left in the period, sweeping the puck past Caron off a long rebound. Caron was in net for three of the Penguins' four losses to Montreal this season.

``We were aware we were going to have a tough game and they played well, they came at us hard,'' coach Claude Julien said. ``If it wasn't for the quick lead we got, it might have been a different outcome.''

Montreal's Sheldon Souray, who had a club-record six points by a defenseman (one goal, five assists) in the 8-0 game, assisted on Begin's goal 30 seconds into the game. But he was given a game misconduct following a mid-ice fight involving Pittsburgh's Dan Focht midway through the first period.

Souray was tossed when the officials detected his jersey wasn't properly tied down _ a rule the league began enforcing a couple of years ago so players couldn't quickly shed their gear during fights.

``It's the referee's decision and you don't have a choice,'' Julien said. ``You've got to respect that and there's nothing you can do after it's called.''

Losing Souray could have been big for Montreal; he has 10 of his 34 points against the Penguins. He went scoreless in nine straight games after his career-best game in Pittsburgh, but now has a goal and an assist in his last two games.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:30
MTL
Steve Begin (3) ASST: Jason Ward (5), Sheldon Souray (19)
1 - 0 MTL
02:03
MTL
Mike Ribeiro (14) ASST: Pierre Dagenais (7), Richard Zednik (13)
2 - 0 MTL
09:36
PIT
Eric Meloche (3) ASST: Brian Holzinger (12), Drake Berehowsky (15)
2 - 1 MTL
13:36
PIT
PPG - Konstantin Koltsov (6) ASST: Aleksey Morozov (17), Milan Kraft (8)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
02:57
PIT
PPG - Rico Fata (12) ASST: Tomas Surovy (9), Aleksey Morozov (18)
3 - 2 PIT
08:30
MTL
PPG - Saku Koivu (9) ASST: Richard Zednik (14), Andrei Markov (13)
3 - 3 Tie
15:50
MTL
Niklas Sundstrom (7) ASST: Jason Ward (6), Patrice Brisebois (17)
4 - 3 MTL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:33
MTL
Darren Langdon  Fighting (maj) against  Kelly Buchberger
06:33
PIT
Kelly Buchberger  Fighting (maj) against  Darren Langdon
10:52
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Cross checking against  Dan Focht
10:52
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Fighting (maj) against  Dan Focht
10:52
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Game misconduct
10:52
PIT
Dan Focht  Fighting (maj) against  Sheldon Souray
10:52
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Saku Koivu
11:55
MTL
Richard Zednik  Holding against  Dick Tarnstrom
16:30
MTL
Darren Langdon  Holding the stick against  Aleksey Morozov
2nd Period
01:19
MTL
Michael Ryder  Hooking - Obstruction against  Eric Meloche
06:17
MTL
Niklas Sundstrom  Slashing against  Marc Bergevin
06:17
PIT
Marc Bergevin  Cross checking against  Niklas Sundstrom
08:03
PIT
Josef Melichar  Tripping against  Saku Koivu
17:05
PIT
Drake Berehowsky  Holding against  Saku Koivu
3rd Period
08:23
MTL
Jan Bulis  Slashing against  Dan Focht
08:23
PIT
Dan Focht  Roughing against  Jan Bulis
13:47
PIT
Mike Eastwood  Hi-sticking against  Michael Ryder
13:47
PIT
Mike Eastwood  Hi-sticking against  Michael Ryder
19:20
MTL
Steve Begin  Boarding against  Tom Kostopoulos
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .914SH: 3 - 3
Sebastien Caron
SA: 30TOI: 58:54
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0