NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Pittsburgh|
(Thursday, February 27th)
Final Score: Montreal 6, Pittsburgh 5 (SO)
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Desharnais scored in the second
round of the shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 6-5 win over the
Daniel Briere had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens, who snapped a
five-game skid against the Penguins in the Steel City. Brendan Gallagher, Max
Pacioretty and Alexei Emelin also lit the lamp.
"It's a fun way to win a game," said Briere. "I'm sure the coaches won't like
that, all the goals scored against, but it's good for us and I know it sounds
cliche, but what matters is we get a win."
Peter Budaj stopped 27-of-32 shots in the victory.
Olli Maatta, Brandon Sutter, Sidney Crosby and James Neal each had a goal and
an assist for the Penguins, who played their first game since Feb. 7 due to
the Olympic break. Deryk Engelland also scored.
"We worked hard," said Crosby. "It was a little sloppy, a lot of special
teams. I think it's tough for everybody to get in the game when you have that
many penalties going both ways."
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 24-of-29 shots for Pittsburgh, which fell to
23-4-2 at home this season.
The Canadiens drew first blood at the 4:57 mark of the first period. Gallagher
lit the lamp after the Penguins turned the puck over in their own zone.
Pittsburgh tied the game at 8:23 when Neal snuck a shot past Budaj from the
bottom of the left circle.
Engelland gave the Penguins the lead at 15:48 of the first when his shot from
the right circle beat Budaj.
Briere made it a 2-2 game at 6:17 of the middle stanza when he scored from the
bottom of the right circle.
Pittsburgh went back in front at 10:38 when Maatta's slap shot from the point
got past Budaj. The score came with Montreal's Lars Eller in the penalty box
Less than a minute later, Pacioretty scored a power-play goal of his own to
make it 3-3. His shot from the right circle beat Fleury.
Pittsburgh took the lead back 7:16 into the third frame. Sutter stole the puck
from P.K. Subban in the neutral zone before scoring on a shorthanded
Just 24 seconds later, Emelin scored on a shot from the point.
Crosby responded with a power-play goal at the 12:29 mark when he put home a
rebound off Evgeni Malkin's one-timer from the right circle.
Pittsburgh's Tanner Glass received a game misconduct 19 seconds after Crosby's
goal. Briere scored on the ensuing Montreal power play to make it a 5-5
Fleury made five saves in overtime to send the game into a shootout.
Budaj turned aside Neal, Crosby and Malkin in the shootout to secure the
The Canadiens took two of three from the Penguins this season ... Pittsburgh
forwards Taylor Pyatt and Joe Vitale returned to the lineup. Pyatt missed two
games with a lower-body injury and Vitale missed 12 games with an upper-body
injury ... Montreal goaltender Carey Price was held out with a lower-body
02/28 00:34:48 ET