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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Montreal

(Monday, December 22nd)

Final Score: Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sheldon Souray scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season and assisted on another to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh at the Bell Centre.

Jose Theodore stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced, as Montreal improved to 8-0-2 in its last 10 meetings at home versus the Penguins.

Saku Koivu was the Canadiens' other player to notch a goal and an assist, as Montreal improved to 7-3-3 in its last 13 games.

Sebastien Caron made 33 saves for Pittsburgh, which lost its ninth straight road contest (0-7-0-2) to fall to 2-12-1-3 away from Mellon Arena this season.

Montreal scored the game's first goal on its second power-play opportunity in the first period.

Koivu battled with two Pittsburgh defensemen behind the net and was able slip the puck out to Pierre Dagenais, who had moved into the crease. Dagenais took the pass and flipped it over Caron's shoulder and into the net at the 15:05 mark.

Caron made 14 saves in the period, but Theodore had a much easier time, only facing three shots and stopping them all in the first 20 minutes.

The Canadiens went up 2-0 in the second period, as Koivu won a faceoff in the Pens' zone, skated to the net and put a bouncing puck past Caron for his sixth of the season.

Tomas Surovy got the Penguins back within one goal at 2-1 when he put a wrister past Theodore for his fourth of the season at the 13:16 mark.

Pittsburgh's momentum didn't last long though, as Souray scored just 1:26 later to make it 3-1 Montreal.

Mike Ribeiro had a prime opportunity to add to Montreal's lead midway through the third period. Ribeiro picked the puck clean from Caron behind the net and circled around to a wide open goal. Caron failed to give up on the play, dove in front of the net and stuck his stick out to bat away Ribeiro's light wrister.

Niklas Sundstrom made up for Ribeiro's miss and put the game away with an empty-netter with just under two minutes left to complete the scoring.

Game Notes

Montreal was 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Penguins were 0-for-3 with the man advantage and only managed three shots...Pittsburgh's last victory in Montreal came back on January 31, 1999...Montreal improved to 13-2-2 in its last 17 meetings with the Penguins...The Canadiens are 4-1-2 in their last seven home games to improve to 9-7-3 on the season.

12/22 22:41:10 ET

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