NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 4th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (26-17-8) at Montreal Canadiens (28-19-6), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their
season-high winning streak to seven games this afternoon, when they visit the
Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Pittsburgh's latest triumph came on Saturday against the visiting Washington
Capitals. Ronald Petrovicky scored the game-winning goal and Marc-Andre Fleury
stopped all 30 shots faced as the Penguins defeated the Caps, 2-0, at Mellon
Fleury was brilliant in the contest, including making 13 saves in the final
period. Rookie center Jordan Staal added an empty-net tally in the win.
Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 82 points, was kept off
the scoresheet for the first time in nine games.
The Penguins have taken eight of their last nine and are now tied for sixth in
the Eastern Conference standings with Tampa Bay. Pittsburgh is just two points
behind fifth-place Montreal in the East.
Pittsburgh is 11-9-4 as the away team this year, but has won its last two
tests on the road.
The Canadiens were dealt their second straight setback on Saturday, as they
allowed three goals in the final period against the Islanders and wound up
losing, 4-2. Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter scored two goals apiece to help
New York earn the road victory.
Radek Bonk and Mark Streit tallied goals for the Canadiens, who have lost
three of their last four contests. Cristobal Huet made 23 saves in defeat for
Today's contest is the middle segment of a three-game homestand for the
Canadiens, who are an impressive 16-8-3 as the host club this season.
The Habs and Pens have split a pair of meetings this year with both teams
winning a game on their home ice. Pittsburgh has taken four of the last six
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