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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.

Game Notes

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


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