NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Scott Gomez notched the game-winning goal
as Montreal rallied past Pittsburgh, 3-2, at CONSOL Energy Center.
This was the first meeting between the teams since Montreal sent the defending
Cup champs of 2009 home with a seven-game second-round defeat. The Canadiens
took the victory by scoring twice within a 24-second span late in the third.
Mike Cammalleri posted two tallies for the Canadiens, who shook off a one-goal
loss at Toronto on Thursday. Carey Price was strong for his first win of the
season, stopping 36-of-38 shots.
"Carey was really good, but you know what, that's what we expect him to be,"
said Cammalleri. "It wasn't anything out of the ordinary for him. It was a
well played game from him."
Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu scored for the Penguins, who have dropped the
season's first two games, both at their new arena. Marc-Andre Fleury was
tagged for three goals on 27 shots in defeat.
"We did some good things and had some positives out there," said Pittsburgh
head coach Dan Bylsma. "But, one or two mistakes and they end up in the back
of your net. They have to be corrected if you want to beat a good team."
Letestu put the Penguins ahead at 8:42 of the third period, finishing off a
passing play between Paul Martin and Matt Cooke by beating Price with a
wrister. However, the Habs emerged with the win on two quick strikes.
Josh Gorges' point drive from the right side was tipped by Jeff Halpern but
also redirected in by Cammalleri with 2:12 to play, then Gomez put the
visitors ahead at 18:12 on a slick wrister off a feed from Benoit Pouliot.
Fleury was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:21 left, and the Canadiens
checked away the remaining time.
Cammalleri, who tortured the Pens during last year's playoffs with seven
tallies, one-timed a feed from Tomas Plekanec past Fleury from the slot with
4:36 to play in the first period.
Pittsburgh began the second period with a 4-on-4 opportunity and cashed in
when Sidney Crosby fed Malkin for the tying goal at the 40-second mark.
Cammalleri made his season debut, returning from his one-game suspension for
cross-checking Isles draftee Nino Niederreiter last Saturday in a preseason
contest...Crosby and Malkin both picked up their first points of the year
after being held off the scoreboard in Thursday's loss to the Flyers.
10/10 01:14:24 ET