NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Montreal|
(Sunday, February 4th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sheldon Souray's goal with 2:59 remaining in
overtime boosted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh
Penguins at Bell Centre.
Tomas Plekanec tallied twice and added an assist for the Canadiens, who broke
a two-game skid and won for the third time in six contests. Souray and Alex
Kovalev recorded a pair of assists, while Mark Streit also scored.
David Aebischer stopped 31 shots for his 10th win of the season, erasing the
memory of his loss in last Thursday's shootout loss in Pittsburgh.
Ryan Whitney picked up a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who saw their
six-game winning streak come to an end. Sidney Crosby notched a pair of
helpers while Jordan Staal and Michel Ouellet scored once.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped only 25-of-29 shots in the loss, his 13th of the
After a bad giveaway in the neutral zone by Crosby, the Canadiens had a two-
on-one break for half the length of the ice with Plekanec and Souray leading
the charge. Plekanec carried deep down the left wing, then sent a cross-ice
pass back to a trailing Souray, whose one-time blast overpowered Fleury and
rippled the net high on the far side.
"The team's been good to me with a couple of wins in a row," Fleury said.
"That last shot was a blast, but it was a shot I would love to have back and
have another chance at it. Tonight we got a point, but we have to look forward
to the next game."
With a two-man advantage, the Pens got on the board at 11:33 of the first as
Staal found a loose puck through traffic in the slot and roofed a shot over
In the second, Plekanec answered at the 4:48 mark but Whitney restored
Pittsburgh's one-goal lead 47 seconds later after Ryder was sent off for
Early in the third period, the Habs appeared to seize control of the game with
a couple key power-play scores.
Plekanec tied the game once more 70 seconds into the third by stuffing home
the rebound of Kovalev's right circle drive, then Streit gave Montreal a 3-2
lead at 5:59 as he beat a Pens defender to a pass in the slot and beat Fleury.
"We waited a long time for a power play, but in the end, we made it count,"
said Souray. "Luckily we worked hard and through the hard work we created some
opportunities for ourselves on the power play."
However, the Pens rallied once more to tie, scoring with 2:34 left in
regulation. Ryan Malone started a rush into the Canadiens' zone with a lead
pass to Whitney, who waited on the left wing until Ouellet got a step on his
man in the slot. The young defenseman's pass hit Ouellet's stick right on the
tape for a redirection over Aebischer's glove.
The Pens have won four of the last seven matchups, and each team has won on
their home ice this season, with Montreal winning twice and Pittsburgh
once...Pittsburgh finished 3-of-8 on the power play, and Montreal 2-
of-2...Eight of the game's 10 penalties were whistled on the Canadiens.
02/04 17:42:55 ET