NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (15-8-0) at Montreal Canadiens (12-9-2), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to keep rolling when they
shoot for a fourth straight victory in Saturday's road battle with the
Pittsburgh has won three in a row following a 1-3-0 stretch from Nov. 6-16 and
has outscored the opposition by a combined 11-4 score during the winning
With another victory in Saturday's test at the Bell Centre, the Pens would
match their longest winning streak of the season. Pittsburgh has won four
straight on two prior occasions this season, with the last time coming from
Oct. 28-Nov. 2.
Pittsburgh notched a 4-3 win Friday evening against the visiting New York
Islanders. Sidney Crosby scored his 12th goal of the season with 1:16
remaining in the third period to lift the Pens to the close win at CONSOL
Chris Kunitz helped set up Crosby's game-winner after potting a pair of power-
play goals in the first period, while Evgeni Malkin halted a career-long
stretch of 15 straight games without a goal by scoring once and assisting on
another for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins.
"We were really happy for [Malkin]," Crosby said. "He had a ton of chances the
last little while and we knew it was a matter of time."
Crosby added an assist as well in support of a 32-save effort between the
pipes from Jeff Zatkoff.
Marc-Andre Fleury will be back between the pipes for the Pens on Saturday. The
Quebec native is 15-8-2 with a 3.19 goals against average in 26 career games
against the Canadiens.
Beginning with tonight's test, the Penguins will play two straight and five of
their next six games on the road. Pittsburgh is 5-5-0 as the visiting team
this season compared to a stellar 10-3-0 mark at home.
Montreal also enters Saturday's clash on a roll, having won two straight to
post a 4-1-1 record over its last six trips to the ice. The Habs registered an
easy 6-2 win Tuesday night against visiting Minnesota and then hit the road
for Friday's close regulation victory at Washington.
The Canadiens rode a first-period offensive surge and a 25-save effort by
Peter Budaj to down the Capitals last night. Travis Moen, David Desharnais and
Daniel Briere scored in a 4:47 span in the first period for Montreal and that
would prove to be enough offense to eclipse Washington.
"We had a really good start, obviously," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien.
"I really liked the way we played the second period. We were dictating the
game and had a few breakdowns at times. They were pressing a lot in the third.
Peter was fantastic again."
Budaj improved to 4-1-0 this season, but No. 1 netminder Carey Price is
expected to start on Saturday. Price is 8-8-0 with a 2.91 GAA in 19 career
outings against the Pens.
This is the first of three meetings between the Pens and Habs this season.
Pittsburgh has dominated the series in recent years, winning all three
encounters last season to give the Penguins six victories over the past seven
The Canadiens, who are just 6-5-2 at the Bell Centre this season, also have
lost three of their past four home games in this series.
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