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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 season.

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 Aebischer.

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 hooking.

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.

Game Notes

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

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