NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Pittsburgh|
(Thursday, October 20th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Joe Vitale's second period goal turned out
to be the game winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-1 victory over the
James Neal and Arron Asham also tallied goals for Pittsburgh, and Marc-Andre
Fleury stopped 27 shots in the Penguins' second straight win.
Carey Price allowed the three goals on 32 shots in the loss to remain at 99
wins as a member of the Canadiens.
Brian Gionta notched the lone goal for Montreal as the Habs dropped their
fourth consecutive game.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma liked how his players took control of the game
early on and then kept their foot on the pedal.
"In the first (period) we came out very well and dictated the game," said
Bylsma, "and then again in the third you saw some real good hockey, some fresh
Pittsburgh struck first when Steve Sullivan sent a pass from behind the net to
Neal at the top of the left circle. Neal then took a shot that hit the left
post, bounced off the back of the right leg of Price and trickled across the
goal line at the 8:55 mark of the first period.
The Penguins added to their lead early in the second when Vitale got a stick
on Matt Niskanen's shot from the right point and deflected it past Price.
Asham then highlighted his 700th career game with a third-period goal that put
the game away.
Deryk Engelland's shot from a hard angle in the right corner deflected high
into the air off of Price's pad and in front of the net. Asham glided into the
slot and batted the disc out of the air, slapping it between the goaltender's
The play was reviewed but Asham managed to keep his stick below the crossbar
and the goal was upheld.
"We gotta get on the same page," said Price, who was disappointed that some of
his teammates seemed to not be playing well within the system. "We have a day
to correct ourselves and then we have to get back in the saddle."
Fleury's potential 20th career shutout was spoiled with just 1:36 left in the
game. After winning a faceoff in the Penguins zone, Yannick Weber's slap shot
from the left point bounced out of a crowd of players in front of the net, off
the right half boards and found its way to the right point for Gionta, whose
one-timer sailed under the crossbar on the right corner of the net.
Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill played his 1,000th career game, making him the
38th overall player from the United States to reach that mark and the 15th
American defenseman...Canadiens center Scott Gomez left the game in the first
period with an upper body injury and did not return...Pittsburgh improved to
2-1-1 on home ice this season.
10/21 00:19:51 ET