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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Montreal

(Thursday, October 16th)

Final Score: Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro notched a goal and two assists to lead the Montreal Canadiens past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1, at the Bell Centre.

Andrei Markov and Richard Zednik contributed a goal and an assist apiece for the Canadiens, who posted their third straight win. Jason Ward also scored and Jose Theodore turned aside 22 shots for Montreal.

Martin Straka tallied the lone goal for the Penguins, who remained winless on the season (0-2-1) under rookie head coach Ed Olczyk. Sebastien Caron made 28 saves for Pittsburgh.

Zednik put the Canadiens ahead for good at 2-1 when he scored with just two seconds left in the second period. The puck came out to the slot following a scramble in front and Zednik was there to fire the puck past Caron.

Ward made it 3-1 at 9:19 of the third period, as he took a cross-ice pass from Ribeiro and one-timed a shot from the left side of the net past Caron.

Ribeiro then sealed the contest two minutes later when he scored Montreal's third power-play goal of the game. Sheldon Souray took a shot from the point and Ribeiro was able to re-direct the puck past Caron for a three-goal cushion.

Montreal grabbed a 1-0 lead with just 1:03 remaining in the first period. Markov took a shot during a power play that deflected off Pittsburgh defenseman Nolan Baumgartner and past Caron.

The Penguins evened the contest at 7:32 of the second period courtesy of Straka's man-advantage goal. Straka took a feed from Aleksey Morozov in the right circle and fired a shot that first hit the post, and then deflected off Theodore's leg and into the net.

Game Notes

The Canadiens improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games against Pittsburgh...The Penguins fell to 0-7-2 in their last nine trips to Montreal...The Canadiens ended 3-for-4 on the power play, while Pittsburgh was 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

10/16 22:44:33 ET

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