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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Pittsburgh

(Tuesday, February 3rd)

Final Score: Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Niklas Sundstrom's goal with 4:10 remaining in the second period lifted the Montreal Canadiens past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at Mellon Arena.

Steve Begin, Mike Ribeiro and Saku Koivu also found the net for Montreal, which has won two in a row and improved to 11-5-2 in its last 18 games. Mathieu Garon made 32 saves for the Canadiens.

Eric Meloche, Konstantin Koltsov and Rico Fata tallied goals for Pittsburgh, which tied a franchise record with its 11th consecutive loss. Sebastien Caron stopped 26 shots for the Penguins.

Sundstrom gave the Canadiens a 4-3 lead when he tallied his seventh goal of the campaign at 15:50 of the middle frame. Caron made the initial save, but Sundstrom was there to bang home the rebound.

Garon made the lead stand up as he turned aside 12 shots in the third period.

Fata had given Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead when he scored with the man advantage at 2:57 of the second period. Tomas Surovy was stopped on a backhand attempt, but Fata picked up the rebound and slipped the puck past Garon.

"To play catch up against a very good team like Montreal, to be down 2-0 and fight your way back and eventually take the lead...that shows a lot of courage," said Pittsburgh head coach Ed Olczyk. "But we have to find a way to play a full 60 minutes."

Koivu tied the game 5:33 later during a Montreal power play.

The teams split four goals in the first period. Begin opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the contest, as he tipped in a shot by Jason Ward for his third goal of the year.

Ribeiro made it 2-0 at 2:03 when he fired a shot from the slot past Caron for his 14th goal of the year.

Meloche cut the deficit to 2-1 midway through the frame, beating Garon for his third goal of the campaign.

Koltsov evened the contest four minutes later on the power play. He re- directed a point shot by Aleksey Morozov past Garon for his sixth tally of the year.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh also dropped 11 straight from January 22 to February 10, 1983...The Penguins have also lost 10 in a row at home...Montreal swept the four-game season series from Pittsburgh and improved to 11-1-1 in its last 13 games versus the Penguins.

02/03 23:47:21 ET

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