NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Pittsburgh
(Wednesday, April 17th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Brenden Morrow registered two goals and an
assist on Wednesday to help the Pittsburgh Penguins inch closer to clinching
the Eastern Conference's top seed with a 6-4 victory over the Montreal
Canadiens at CONSOL Energy Center.
Brandon Sutter scored twice, Jarome Iginla added a goal and an assist, and
Douglas Murray also lit the lamp for the Penguins, who have won five straight
and sit comfortably atop the East with 66 points.
"When you're working hard good things usually happen," Morrow said. "We're all
working hard and creating some bounces for ourselves."
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in the victory.
Brian Gionta, Alex Galchenyuk, Gabriel Dumont and Andrei Markov each tallied
once for the Canadiens, who have lost three straight to fall into a tie atop
the Northeast Division with Boston, which dropped a shootout decision against
Buffalo later on Wednesday.
The Bruins have a game in hand after their scheduled contest versus Ottawa on
Monday was postponed following the tragic events that took place earlier in
the day at the Boston Marathon.
Peter Budaj allowed three goals on nine shots in the first before being
removed in favor of Carey Price, who gave up three goals on 20 shots over the
final two frames.
"You can't expect to win giving up four goals, five goals," Montreal coach
Michel Therrien said. "It's a matter of going back to basics."
Sutter's wrister from the left circle beat Budaj high to the far side to make
it 1-0 at the 7:24 mark and Morrow followed just over two minutes later with a
quick shot from the left circle that sailed high over the short-side shoulder
of Budaj for a 2-0 lead at 9:30.
Iginla then added a power-play marker with 21 seconds left in the period to
push the margin to 3-0.
Price took over in net to start the second, but the Penguins continued their
offensive onslaught, as Beau Bennett snuck a pass through the slot to the low
left side, where Morrow tapped in a one-timer to make it 4-0.
The Canadiens countered at the 7:42 mark when Gionta netted his 12th of the
season, but Sutter's second of the night -- a power-play tally at 10:30 --
quickly pushed the margin back to four.
Galchenyuk's wrister from the low right side found the far top corner to make
it 5-2 late in the third before Dumont buried his first NHL goal with a shot
from the right circle that deflected off a Pittsburgh stick and sailed high
over the short-side shoulder of Fleury to bring Montreal within 5-3.
The Penguins responded just 1:15 later when Murray flipped a shot on net from
the right point that hit a body in front and snuck past Price to push
Pittsburgh's lead to 6-3 at 5:24.
Markov's ninth of the year at the 19:49 mark accounted for the final margin.
Montreal's three-game losing streak matches its longest of the season ...
Montreal forward Ryan White was suspended five games Wednesday for an illegal
check to the head of Philadelphia defenseman Kent Huskins on Monday ... Murray
had gone 146 games without scoring a goal, which was the longest active streak
in the NHL ... Iginla's power-play goal was his 1,100th career point ...
Pittsburgh took all three meetings from Montreal to sweep the Canadiens for
the first time.
04/17 23:16:54 ET
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