Pittsburgh Penguins End Slide With Satisfying Win in Montreal

January 12th, 2011 by Matt Gajtka Leave a reply »

Game 45 Recap: Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 2

After Carey Price stopped Chris Kunitz to preserve a shootout win last Thursday, the Montreal goaltender struck a cross-armed celebration, rubbing the Pittsburgh Penguins’ noses in their defeat.

Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury did not play in that game, but judging by his actions following Wednesday’s rematch, he took Price’s hip-hop posturing to heart.

Behind a season-high four power-play goals and 20 saves from Fleury, who defiantly mimicked Price’s petulant pose after the final horn, the Penguins (27-14-4, 58 points) halted a three-game losing skein with a 5-2 win in Montreal.

The Habs had beaten the Pens four straight times, including Games Six and Seven of their second-round playoff series last May and a 2-1 shootout decision last week. Three-point nights from Alex Goligoski, Jordan Staal and Kris Letang ensured the head-to-head streak wouldn’t reach five.

Montreal (24-17-3, 51 points) actually took a 2-1 lead on David Desharnais’ first goal of the season early in the second period, only to watch Pittsburgh notch the ...

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