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Memorable Moments: Montreal Typical

The Penguins traveled North of the border to Montreal to take on the Canadiens on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Richard Wolowicz

Saturday night games in Canada are usually something pretty special. Hockey Night in Canada. Homecoming games for a lot of players usually (the talking points for homecoming Pens were Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury and Pascal Dupuis). Tonight was not the case. The Canadiens defeated the Penguins by a score of 3-2.

Robbery Moment: The Penguins, notably Jussi Jokinen, bobbled the puck a bit at the offensive blue line and it led to a 2-on-1 for the Canadiens.


Fleury stood tall, robbing Ryan White with a great glove save, on the first Canadiens shot of the game.

Lucky Moment: Late in the first period, a puck got away from Fleury and dribbled towards the goal line.


Brooks Orpik swooped in to clear the puck away from the crease.

Rookie Moment: Olli Maatta made one of his first glaring mistakes since he made his NHL debut this season. He attempted to lead a breakout with a pass through the middle of the ice. It was intercepted by Max Pacioretty, who beat Fleury with a great snipe shot to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.

Plekanec made it 2-0. Pacioretty stretched the lead to 3-0 with his 2nd goal of the night.

James Neal scored on the power play to make it 3-1, and later made it 3-2 after a tremendous coast-to-coast drive by Malkin.

Scary Moment: Malkin, after driving to the net, went awkwardly into the end boards, reminiscent of last year when he did vs. the Panthers, which caused a concussion.


He skated off after laying on the ice for a moment and came out for his next shift, appearing to be okay.

The silver lining after a loss like this is the fact that the Pens beat the Ducks and the Caps this week, as well as a division win vs. the Islanders. Always tough going into Montreal on a Saturday night. Still a good week.

Pens travel to Boston to face the Bruins on Monday night.