Canadiens-Penguins: Pens Stifle Undermanned Habs

November 25th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
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Montreal 1, Pittsburgh 3 (Mellon Arena)

Tonight, the defending Stanley Cup champions were too much for the Calder Cup contenders.

The members of the Canadiens injury-depleted lineup, playing in their second game in as many nights, could not compete with Pittsburgh, one of the league's elite teams. The Penguins now lead the NHL with 17 wins.

While the Pens have their own injury concerns, the Canadiens still had to face the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Sergei Gonchar.

The Habs injury list continued to grow with Andrei Kostitsyn being sidelined with a foot injury after blocking a shot near the conclusion of the Columbus game on Tuesday.

The Canadiens stayed with the Penguins in the first period. Shots on goal were eight-to-eight. Hits were 19-to-11 for the Pens. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring by firing a perfect shot into the net's top corner while using Paul Mara as a screen.

Pittsburgh took control of the game in the second period. The Pens took 16 shots to the Canadiens' seven, and a slow whistle allowed Bill Guerin to dislodge the puck fro ...

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