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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Pittsburgh



(Wednesday, January 22)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jussi Jokinen lit the lamp twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, at CONSOL Energy Center.

Evgeni Malkin tallied a goal and an assist, while Sidney Crosby and Taylor Pyatt supplied Pittsburgh's two other goals. Matt Niskanen had two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves as the Penguins won for the third time in their last four tries.

"We definitely buckled down, especially defensively, and didn't give them a ton," Crosby said. "When we did, Fleury made some good saves and we generated some good chances and capitalized on them. I think it was a good game to respond."

Rene Bourque had Montreal's lone goal, while Daniel Briere and Brandon Prust picked up the assists. Carey Price allowed all five goals on 21 shots before being pulled late in the second period.

Peter Budaj entered in relief and stopped all 10 shots fired his way in Montreal's second straight loss.

Jokinen opened the scoring nearly nine minutes into the opening stanza. Malkin skated down to the right circle and dished a pass across the ice to a wide- open Jokinen, who easily tapped in his 14th of the season.

Niskanen fired a shot from the point through a maze of the players and Pyatt was present in front of the net to deflect the puck in on the power play to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead with 3:35 remaining in the first.

Montreal made it a one-goal game 1:15 later. Briere gathered the puck off the boards and slid a pass from the side of the net to Bourque, who wristed the puck over Fleury. The puck skipped out of the net so quickly that it was not ruled a goal until it was reviewed after the play concluded.

Olli Maatta skated up from the point to send a cross-ice pass over to Jokinen, who connected on the one-timer from the right faceoff dot 5:46 into the second, making it a 3-1 game.

Pittsburgh tallied another goal with the man advantage. At 11:43 of the second, Crosby tipped in his 26th of the season following a P.K. Subban holding penalty.

Malkin glided past the Montreal defense, cut to the front of the net, and slid the puck past the pad of Price to give the Penguins a 5-1 advantage with close to five minutes left in the second.

A scrum formed after Bourque made contact with Fleury close to five minutes left in the third. Budaj came out of his net to challenge Fleury to a fight. The Pittsburgh netminder accepted, but the referees quickly broke the two up before any punches were thrown.

"We lost the game; that's the key for me. That's what's disappointing for us. We didn't play a good game and they were the better team," Budaj said.

Game Notes

Niskanen has a career-high five-game point streak ... Pittsburgh is 7-1-1 in their last nine regular-season games against Montreal ... The Penguins have won five straight against the Canadiens at home.

01/23 01:52:32 ET

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GT 49
UNC 81
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NCSU 66
 
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DET 15
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MIAFLA 1
 
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PHI 5
NYY 5
 
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NEASTERN 1
 
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TOR 7
PIT 8
 
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CIN 10
CLE 0
 
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OAK 9
SFG 4
 
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BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
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ARI 4
ASU 0
 
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CLE 110
BOS 79
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CHA 104
LAL 103
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NYK 86
SAC 124
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ATL 104
HOU 96
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MEM 82
UTA 93
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CHI 97
WAS 92
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DEN 103
MIL 93
 
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UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
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BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
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IND 63
IOWA 77
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FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
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USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
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NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
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GT 49
UNC 81
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BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
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UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
Final
MIZZ 63
AUB 61
 
2nd
UGA 64
KENT 70
 
2nd OT
NW 74
MICH 71
 
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
2nd
UF 66
TEXAM 62
 
2nd
KU 55
WVU 58
 
2nd
CREI 62
VILL 65
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
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CLB 3
WAS 5
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TAM 3
BUF 0
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FLA 2
TOR 3
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MIN 3
OTT 2
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DAL 3
NYI 2
 
3rd
ARI 1
ANA 3
 
2nd
VAN 1
SJS 3