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Pens Points: Sometimes You Just Get Beat

Penguins' offense stifled by Montoya, Canadiens in first road game of the season

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After beginning the season with three straight home games the Penguins opened their road schedule with a visit north of the border to face the Montreal Canadiens.

The game was the home opener for the Canadiens and feeding off the frenzied crowd handed the Pens their first regulation loss of the season, a 4-0 shutout backstopped by Al Montoya. [Pensburgh]

At least the Pens were well dressed for the game.

For a look from the other side head over to "Habs Eyes On The Prize" for their game recap. [HEOTP]

The Pens will look to get back to their winning ways when they host the San Jose Sharks in a Stanley Cup rematch on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena.

On a more positive note, the Pens posted this great video of Phil Kessel going through the teams' media day before the season. It's worth every second of your time.

On the injury front, consensus best player in the world Sidney Crosby may return to practice with the team on Wednesday. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

ICYMI, Mike Darnay broke down the overtime winner by the Colorado Avalanche from Monday's game. [Pensburgh]

Terry Frei of the Denver Post has a great piece on the friendship of Cole Harbour natives Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon. [Denver Post]

Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard shared some goalie love before overtime on Monday night. [SBNation]

Former Pens' star Alexei Kovalev has returned to hockey in the Swiss second division for EHC Visp. [Puck Daddy]

Some quick hits from around the rest of the league

Washington Capitals' defenseman Dmitry Orlov sent Avs' forward Matt Duchene into orbit with a perfect hip check. [CBS Sports]

If you keep up with NHL contract you have probably stumbled upon the website General Fanager. On Tuesday the sites' owner Tom Poraszka announced he would be shutting down the site after he was hired by the new Las Vegas franchise as a hockey operation analyst. [TSN]

Luckily for fans, Cap Friendly is still active and a great resource to keep tabs on NHL contracts.

Are you a bad fan for being critical of your favorite team? Our friends at Anaheim Calling have some thoughts on the topic. [Anaheim Calling]