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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Montreal



(Saturday, November 23rd)

Final Score: Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 2

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Pacioretty pumped home two goals to lead the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bell Centre.

Pacioretty's second tally came 1:20 after Tomas Plekanec had given the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in the third period.

Carey Price made 29 saves for Montreal, which wound up holding on for the victory after James Neal scored twice for Pittsburgh.

The Canadiens have won three straight and improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games.

"Obviously, winning three games in a row is good for anyone's confidence," said Pacioretty. "Everyone is contributing and it's good for the team's confidence."

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots for the Penguins, who were looking to equal a season high with a fourth consecutive win.

With the teams skating 4-on-4, Plekanec got the puck in the slot off a feed from Andrei Markov and ripped a shot past Fleury at the 1:05 mark.

Pacioretty was then able to get good positioning on defenseman Kris Letang and beat Fleury with a wrister from the right circle at 2:25.

Not long after the goal, Montreal captain Brian Gionta went off for hooking and the Penguins converted on the power play. Evgeni Malkin fed James Neal for a wicked one-timer in the right circle at 5:44.

Malkin set up Neal again, this time after a dazzling rush from behind the Pittsburgh net. Malkin carried into the Montreal zone and dished to Neal, who slipped a backhander past Price with 2:53 remaining.

"Price was the difference," said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma. "We had some flurries around his net, but he was strong."

Both teams registered 12 first-period shots despite Pittsburgh having a pair of power plays.

Pacioretty capitalized on a turnover to open the scoring. He intercepted rookie defenseman Olli Maatta's pass in the neutral zone, skated into the slot and beat Fleury with a snap shot off the right post 1:53 into the second period.

The Canadiens had a chance to extend their lead, but failed to convert on three straight power plays later in the frame.

Game Notes

Letang, a Montreal native, played in his 400th career NHL game ... The Penguins had gone 6-0-1 in their last seven games against the Canadiens ... Pittsburgh has not allowed a power-play goal in six consecutive road games.

11/23 22:51:36 ET

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2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
4th
CHA 80
TOR 71
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
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SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
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MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
6th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
IND 66
CHI 64
 
3rd
WAS 88
MIA 71
 
4th
ORL 92
SAC 86
 
4th
CHA 80
TOR 71
 
3rd
PHI 53
UTA 60
 
Half
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 37
BOS 43
 
2nd
HOU 34
DET 32
 
2nd
MEM 32
LAL 27
 
2nd
BRK 28
PHO 27
 
1st
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DEN 7
 
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MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
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LONG 68
 
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SILL 45
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WINT 67
 
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ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 64
AKR 59
 
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BUF 55
BGU 57
 
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DART 56
BRO 64
 
2nd
WMICH 53
CMICH 44
 
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PENN 39
CLMB 32
 
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PRIN 59
CORN 51
 
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OU 59
ILLCH 62
 
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OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
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BST 38
NILL 43
 
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EMICH 69
TOL 51
 
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BRAD 41
 
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MORE 32
 
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YALE 22
 
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NJD 1
CLB 3
 
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CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 2
 
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CHI 0
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