NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Montreal
(Saturday, March 18th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 4
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Andre Roy's third-period goal lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, at the Bell Centre.
"I got a chance to play with Sidney and he sees the ice well so I drove to the net and Crosby fed me," said Roy. "I don't know if I was hooked but I slipped and the puck slipped through Aebischer, it was kind of lucky, but a game- winner in front of my family and friends, I'll take it."
John LeClair and Ryan Malone both tallied a goal and two assists while Ryan Whitney picked up a goal and a helper for the Penguins, who have now won three of their last four contests.
Despite giving up four goals, Marc Andre-Fleury was sensational for Pittsburgh, stopping 42-of-46 shots.
Sheldon Souray scored a pair of power-play goals while Jan Bulis and Garth Murray also lit the lamp for Montreal, which has now lost three straight games.
"This hurts because they are very big points out there," said Saku Koivu. "We came back and then gave it away. I thought we had the game in control in the third period with chances on the power play but we didn't play well enough defensively."
David Aebischer struggled for the second straight time since being acquired at the trade deadline from Colorado, as the new Montreal netminder let in five goals for the second consecutive game.
With 16:10 remaining, Roy broke a 4-4 tie with his second goal of the season. He broke down the middle and cut towards the net, where Sidney Crosby found him with a pass. Roy tried to put the puck on his backhand but fanned on the puck. It totally faked out Aebischer, who went into a sprawling position that allowed the puck to slowly trickle past his right pad and into the net.
The Penguins started the scoring 3:42 into the opening period as LeClair found Eric Boguniecki camped out in front of the Montreal goal. Boguniecki pushed the puck past Aebischer and put Pittsburgh on top 1-0.
Less than two minutes later, the Penguins doubled their lead as Malone scored his 17th goal of the season on the power play.
LeClair got his second assist as he took the puck behind the net and slid a pass to Malone. Malone was set up to the right of the goal, and at a tough angle, threw a shot on net. The puck deflected off the chest of a scrambling Aebischer and found its way into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Montreal answered with three consecutive goals over a 7:13 span. Bulis started the scoring tear by wristing a shot from the left circle that beat Fleury stick-side. At the 11:13 mark, Craig Rivet picked up a failed clearing attempt at the blue line and fired it towards the net. Murray redirected the shot between the pads of Fleury to tie the contest at 2-2.
The third goal came courtesy of Souray, who ripped a slap shot from the point that made its way through traffic and beat Fleury stick-side for a power play goal and a 3-2 lead.
LeClair tied things back up with 23 seconds left in opening stanza. Josef Melichar flipped a shot at the net that was deflected on goal by LeClair. Aebischer made the initial save, but LeClair fought off a check and deposited the rebound past the left pad of the Montreal netminder for a 3-3 tie after one period.
The Canadiens regained the lead 11:25 into the second period as Souray scored his second power-play goal of the game. He took the puck in the high slot and blasted a slap shot past a well-screened Fleury.
However just 2:06 later, the game was tied again as Malone fired a shot from the right circle that sailed wide and bounced off the boards right to Whitney, who easily fired it into an empty net as Aebischer was caught out of position.
Both teams managed one goal in the second despite Montreal outshooting Pittsburgh 19-5.
The Penguins have won all three meetings between the two teams this season...Montreal had not lost three in a row since Jan. 19-23...This is the first time since the 1998-1999 season that Montreal has suffered consecutive home losses to Pittsburgh...The Penguins won despite being outshot 46-23 on the night.
03/18 22:47:55 ET