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Pacioretty leads Canadiens past Penguins

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 10:35 PM

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Pacioretty leads Canadiens past Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Montréal Canadiens 3
Three Stars of the Game
Max Pacioretty
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:33
Tomas Plekanec
2nd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:08
Carey Price
3rd
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 25-26
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .935SH: 0-0

MONTREAL (NHL.com) - The Montreal Canadiens withstood a late rally by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period and earned a 3-2 win at Bell Centre on Saturday night to extend their win streak to three games.

After Montreal made it 3-1 with two goals in the first 2:25 of the third period from Max Pacioretty (who finished the game with two goals) and Tomas Plekanec, Penguins forward James Neal scored the game's next two goals to cut the Montreal lead to 3-2. But Carey Price (29 saves) held the fort down once again for the Canadiens, stifling the late pressure from the Penguins and helping his team hold on for another win.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in the loss. Pittsburgh's win streak was snapped at three.

Each of Pacioretty's goals came off Penguins turnovers. His first was the result of an Olli Maatta mistake; the rookie defenseman threw a blind pass across the middle while breaking out of the Penguins' zone. Pacioretty intercepted the pass, skated across the blue line and ripped one past Fleury for a 1-0 lead 1:53 into the second period. His second goal was a result of another Pittsburgh turnover that Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz was able to intercept and dish to Pacioretty.

Pacioretty now has seven goals, with five of them in his past three games.

Neal's two goals extended his point streak to three games; he now has three goals and three assists during that span.

Meanwhile, after breaking a 15-game goal drought on Friday, Evgeni Malkin extended his point streak to four games assisting on both Neal goals. Malkin now has a goal and six assists in his past four games, but he paid the price on his second assist. Malkin went crashing into the end boards with 2:55 remaining in regulation and needed help getting back to the bench, but he returned for his next shift and almost tied the game in the final minute on a wraparound that was denied by Price.

The Penguins finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play; the Canadiens went 0-for3 with the man advantage.

Prior to the game, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced that forward Beau Bennett, who was injured in the second period of a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders on Friday, could be out for a while.

"Longer than days now right now," Bylsma said. "Right now longer than that."

Matt D'Agostini replaced Bennett in the lineup and skated on a line with Brandon Sutter and rookie Brian Gibbons.

For the Canadiens, Ryan White remained in the lineup for a second straight game, filling in for injured forward Rene Bourque (upper body). On defense, Francis Bouillon was back in and Douglas Murray was a healthy scratch.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:53
MTL
Max Pacioretty (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
01:05
MTL
Tomas Plekanec (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrei Markov (12), P.K. Subban (17)
2 - 0 MTL
02:25
MTL
Max Pacioretty (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Raphael Diaz (8)
3 - 0 MTL
05:44
PIT
PPG - James Neal (3) Slapshot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (21), Paul Martin (9)
3 - 1 MTL
17:07
PIT
James Neal (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (22)
3 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:59
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Hi-sticking against  Sidney Crosby
06:10
MTL
Daniel Briere  Tripping against  Olli Maatta
2nd Period
06:30
PIT
Matt Niskanen  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
11:22
PIT
Brandon Sutter  Slashing against  Daniel Briere
13:21
PIT
Brian Gibbons  Hooking against  Brendan Gallagher
20:00
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Roughing against  Chris Kunitz
20:00
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
3rd Period
04:30
MTL
Brian Gionta  Hooking against  Pascal Dupuis
19:50
PIT
James Neal  Hooking against  Andrei Markov
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
13-7-0
SA: 29TOI: 59:08
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0