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Thursday, February 27th (All times Eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (32-21-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-3), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Fresh off earning his second Olympic gold medal, Sidney Crosby will get back to work for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday when they host the Montreal Canadiens at CONSOL Energy Center.

Crosby famously delivered the overtime game-winner for Team Canada in the 2010 gold medal game against the United States, but unlike four years ago in Vancouver the Canadians didn't need a dramatic finish to repeat as Olympic champions.

Canada won all six of its games at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and earned shutout victories in the last two outings, beating the U.S. 1-0 in the semifinals before downing Sweden 3-0 in the battle for gold. Crosby, who captained Canada in Sochi, posted a goal and two assists en route to another Olympic title.

Crosby's fellow Penguins star Evgeni Malkin and Team Russia did not fare nearly as well at the 2014 Olympics, as the host country was eliminated by Finland in the quarterfinals.

Sochi didn't end in glory for Pens head coach Dan Bylsma either. He had Team USA off to a 3-0 start in the tournament before the loss to Canada in the semifinals and a subsequent defeat at the hands of Finland kept the Americans off the podium.

"You have to put (the Olympics) behind you," Bylsma recently told the Pens official website. "The task at hand is coming back here and playing for the Penguins. That's the best way to put it behind you."

Pittsburgh returns from the break with a healthy 16-point lead atop the Metropolitan Division, but the club still has injury concerns to deal with. Defenseman Kris Letang is still out due to a stroke suffered prior to the Olympics. Fellow blueliner Paul Martin is out for at least a month after injuring his hand while representing the U.S. in Sochi.

The Pens were 4-1-1 in their final six outings before the Olympics. The club's next game will be played outdoors when Pittsburgh visits the Chicago Blackhawks for Saturday's game at Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Montreal will try to bounce back from a loss in its first game after the Olympics. The Canadiens were handed a 2-1 overtime loss by visiting Detroit on Wednesday to have a three-game winning streak halted.

The Habs did not have No. 1 goaltender Carey Price for their first game back after he suffered a lower-body injury at practice on Wednesday morning. Price, who also will miss tonight's game, anchored Team Canada in its gold medal run in Sochi, posting a 5-0 record, a 0.59 goals against average and .972 save percentage.

Peter Budaj started on Wednesday and he stopped 28 shots before allowing Detroit's Gustav Nyquist to score with just 27.3 seconds remaining in OT.

The Canadiens still managed to notch a point thanks to Brian Gionta's game- tying tally with just 28.7 seconds left in regulation.

"In the third we started to pressure their 'D' a little more and it paid off in the end," Gionta said. "In the first two periods, they were able to come through out of their zone quite easily."

Budaj could get another start tonight for the Habs. Montreal also recalled Dustin Tokarski from its AHL affiliate in Hamilton on Wednesday to take Price's place on the roster.

The Canadiens and Penguins have split a pair of games so far this season, but Pittsburgh has won four of five and seven of its last nine meetings with Montreal.

The Habs, who are playing five of their next six games on the road, have dropped five straight in the Steel City.

02/27 10:49:05 ET

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CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
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LOS 4
CWS 6
 
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CLE 4
CIN 2
 
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TEX 2
KAN 13
 
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SFG 2
OAK 9
 
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SEA 4
SDP 3
 
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MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
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COL 3
ARI 6
 
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MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
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IND 105
NYK 82
 
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ORL 100
PHO 105
 
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CHA 115
 
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TOR 112
CLE 120
 
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BOS 85
UTA 84
 
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MIN 85
DEN 100
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NOP 88
DET 85
 
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MIA 100
LAL 94
 
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HOU 100
MEM 102
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OKC 123
PHI 118
 
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SAN 112
SAC 85
 
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GSW 40
MIL 36
 
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LAC 36
POR 38
 
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UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
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PSU 67
OSU 77
 
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USB 62
BING 57
 
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FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
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GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
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UNH 67
HART 63
 
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STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
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LIU 70
 
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MAINE 66
 
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LOU 59
ND 71
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SHU 66
PROV 79
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BRY 91
SHU 85
 
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MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
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MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
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LSU 63
TENN 78
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SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
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VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
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RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
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UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
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TULA 63
HOU 68
 
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YALE 71
HOW 62
 
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PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
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TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
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MSU 72
PURD 66
 
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STLU 48
BONA 64
 
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DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
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TULSA 47
CIN 56
 
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VANDY 66
MSST 56
 
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TCU 70
 
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UCLA 85
USC 74
 
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WYO 76
UTST 53
 
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MARQ 51
STJ 67
 
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SIUE 64
 
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AFA 42
 
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NEB 36
 
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BSU 41
 
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ORST 12
OREG 13
 
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UNLV 7
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WIN 1
OTT 3
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DET 2
NYR 1
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ANA 1
MON 0
 
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PIT 0