Canadiens vs Penguins Recap: A Perfect Shot

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Tuesday March 26th, 2013

Game Recap: A bad line change, a perfect shot and the Penguins had their 13th straight win.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
26-8-0
52 POINTS
1st in the East
MONTREAL CANADIENS
20-7-5
45 POINTS
4th in the East
penguins_logo  MontrealCanadiens

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 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Penguins 0 1 0 1
 Canadiens 0 0 0 0

Top Scorers:

PENGUINS  CANADIENS
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  • Sidney Crosy 1G 6SOG
  • Brooks Orpik 1A
  • Chris Kunitz 1A
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  • Max Pacioretty 7SOG
  • Tomas Plekanec 5SOG
  • Jeff Halpern 4hits 61%FO

Scoring Summary:

G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist
1 2 13:19 EV PIT 87 S.CROSBY(15) 14 C.KUNITZ(23) 44 B.ORPIK(8)

Shots on Goal:


 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Penguins 5 7 13 25
 Canadiens 10 15 12 37

Goaltending:

PENGUINS  CANADIENS

FleuryMarc-Andre Fleury
WIN

Record: 18-5-0
SA: 25
Sv%: 1.000

Carey PriceCarey Price
LOSS
Record: 16-6-4
SA : 25
Sv%: .960


Lineup Notes:

  • Habs starting six: Tomas Plekanec, Michael Ryder, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, P.K. Subban, Carey Price
  • Scratched: Tomas Kaberle, Mike Blunden, Ryan White (lower body)
  • Jeff Halpern was in the lineup after being claimed off waivers last Saturday.
  • Brenden Morrow made his Penguins debut after being acquired from the Dallas Stars.

  • Habs nemesis Chris Lee donned the referee stripes.
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

What you need to know:

  • Canadiens played a good road game but good was not enough against the team that entered the night riding a 12-game winning streak.
  • A bad Montreal line change gave Sidney Crosby a clear lane to the net. His perfectly-placed shot was the lone goal of the game.
  • The Habs power-play was ineffective particularly when given an opportunity at the beginning of the third period with Matt Cooke in the box for roughing.
  • Good energy from fourth line; rare this season. They were able to pin the Penguins in their own zone for stretches.
  • Jeff Halpern with an impressive return to the Canadiens. He led the team with four hits, was 61 percent at the face-off dot, and perhaps surprisingly, received almost 15 minutes of icetime.
  • Michael Ryder came the closest to scoring for the Habs hitting the crossbar twice behind Marc-Andre Fleury.
  • Carey Price was brilliant facing the best offensive team in the league particularly during Penguins power-plays making several big saves.
  • Lots of post-game discussion about the Habs lack of scoring; one need not look any further than the ineffectiveness of center David Desharnais. In two games against the Penguins this season, the the Habs so-called number one center has one point and has a minus-2 rating despite plenty of power-play shifts, ice-time and prime linemates.
  • Brian Gionta and Brendan Gallagher were the two players consistently causing havoc in front of the Pittsburgh net; not an easy task for two diminutive players.
  • Newly-acquired Pens forward Brenden Morrow said it was like a playoff game. Credit the Canadiens for doing a good job ensuring that the potent Penguins attack wasn’t able to fully get on track.

Injury/Roster Report:

  • No new Habs injuries.
  • Thomas Vokoun replaced Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury at the start of the third period. Fleury collided with teammate Tyler Kennedy near the end of the second frame.

 NHL 3 Stars:
3STARS
  1.  Sidney Crosby
  2.  Brooks Orpik
  3.  Carey Price

 Post-game Chatter:

Coach Michel Therrien:

  • “We played the hottest team in the NHL. I thought we did a lot of good things. Certainly we didn’t have any breaks tonight. We twice hit the crossbar. It’s a matter of inches.”
  • “We got beat tonight by the best player in the world with a perfect shot. [Crosby] is tough to contain. I thought we played solid 5-on-5. They didn’t generate many chances. When they did Price was good.”
  • “I don’t think that Gionta had a purpose to hurt Marc-Andre, that’s for sure.”
  • “I would have liked our power-play to capitalize or bring some momentum. We didn’t.”
  • “[Halpern] won some key faceoffs. He was good on penalty-killing. I liked the way he played 5-on-5.”
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Brian Gionta:

  • “If you watch the replay, their own guy falls on Fleury. It’s pretty much self-explanatory.”

Carey Price:

  • “Obviously, [Crosby] is the best player in the world.  About five millimeters was the difference in the game tonight.”

Penguins forward Brenden Morrow:

  • “It kind of felt like a playoff game. Every shift mattered. You’re up on your feet every time there is a scoring chance. It’s a fun feeling.”

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby:

  • “There are times we haven’t played our best, but our focus has been on being strong defensively. To win that many, your goaltenders have to steal a game or two over that time period.”

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