NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, January 10th)
Final Score: Montreal 8, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Sheldon Souray collected a goal and five assists and Michael Ryder scored twice, as the Montreal Canadiens crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins, 8-0, at Mellon Arena.
Jose Theodore stopped 25 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and 22nd of his career. He made seven saves in the first period, 10 more in the second and eight in the third.
Mike Ribeiro tallied a goal and three assists for Montreal, which scored its first four goals on the power play. Richard Zednik, Joe Juneau, Chad Kilger and Pierre Dagenais also found the net for the Canadiens, who improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven contests.
Sebastien Caron surrendered all eight goals on 34 shots for the Penguins, who fell to 2-9-1-1 in their last 13 contests.
Ryder opened the scoring with 2:03 left in the first period. He took a cross- ice pass from Ribeiro and re-directed the puck past Caron.
Montreal then scored three goals in the second period and held a 4-0 advantage after 40 minutes.
Ribeiro made it 2-0 at 6:22 of the period. He fired a high shot from slot past Caron for his ninth goal of the year. Zednik increased the margin to three goals at 11:03 with his 14th goal of the campaign. Caron made the initial save on Souray, but Zednik was there to bang home the rebound.
"We got some shots on net and our forwards moved in front of the net and got some rebounds," Souray said. "Some nights it just goes like that."
Juneau capped the second-period scoring when he netted his fourth goal of the season with 1:29 left in the stanza.
The Canadiens then erupted for four goals in the third period. Ryder scored his second goal of the game and 11th of the year at 3:44, as he beat Caron with a blast from the left circle.
Souray made it 6-0 at 8:28 when he fired a shot from the point past Caron for his 14th goal of the season. Kilger and Dagenais completed the onslaught with goals in the final 6 1/2 minutes.
"I very rarely refer to when I was a player, but I had a couple of games like this," said Penguins head coach Ed Olczk. "It hurts. You think about why it happens and (start) questioning yourself and doubting yourself."
The six points in a game marked a career-high for Souray...Montreal improved to 3-0 versus Pittsburgh this season and is 10-1-1 in its last 12 contests against the Penguins...The Canadiens ended 4-for-6 on the power play, while Pittsburgh went 0-for-5 with the man advantage...The Penguins have dropped four in a row at home.
01/10 19:59:15 ET