18:56: Ryan O'Byrne gives Maxime Talbot a bit hit in front of the Penguins' bench. It's not a dirty hit but Talbot lands awkwardly facefirst into the boards. Sidney Crosby comes flying in and hits O'Byrne with a body check and sticks him on his wallet. That's why Crosby has a "C" on his chest. That's a pretty impressive feat for Crosby (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) given the size of O'Byrne (6-foot-5, 234 pounds).
18:31: Mike Cammalleri snaps off a wrister from the left point. Fleury makes the save. Tomas Plekanec fights off a defender and punches the rebound on net. FLeury is able to kick it out with his left leg. Tough save for Fleury.
17:51: Dupuis colects a puck int ehslot. turns and leaves a drop pass for Evgeni Malkin streaking into the slot. Malkin rips a wrister on net which Price eats up.
16:13: Eric Godard chips a puck on net from the left wing. Carey Price makes the easy save.
15:08: Matt Cooke mashes Josh Gorges with a shoulder check in the corner.
14:31: The great Martin Skoula smacks a slapper on net from the left point. Price makes the save despite a screen from Bill Guerin. A small scrum ensues. Nothing comes of it.
13:23: Guerin zips a nice pass from the left wing across the slot to Crosby on the right wing. Crosby takes the puck, moves in on net and tries to jam it low by Price. Prices holds his ground and prevents the goal. What a great pass by Guerin to set up that chance. Two Habs could've broken that up.
12:40: Deryk Engelland tosses a wrister on net from the right point. Cooke is in front and re-directs it wide.
12:31: During the first television stoppage, a video welcoming Talbot "back" to Mellon Arena is played. It is his first game this season on home ice.
11:51: Sergei Gonchar takes a pass at the left point and snaps off a wrister. Ruslan Fedotenko is in front and appears to deflects it into the corner.
10:39: Times like this make us wonder why Crfosby isn't considered a "goal-scorer." He picks up the puck in the netural zone, cross the Canadiens' blue line and rips an absolute laser between the legs of Paul Mara and over the glove-side shoulder of Price on the far side. That was an insane shot. And there are maybe three people in the building right now who could've pulled that off. And one of them is sitting below us in the press box drinking chardonnay. Talbot gets the only assist. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1-0.
9:50: Maybe that's why Crosby isn't a "goal-scorer." Talbot forces a turnover in the neutral zone and coasts up the left wing drawing a defender towards himself. That frees up Crosby in the slot and Talbot chps a pass to him. Crosby moves in on Price on a breakaway. He shoots high and totally misses the net. Ugh.
8:19: Jay Leach tosses a wrister on net from the left point. Fleury makes the save. Glen Metropolit is in front and gets the rebound but he doesn't exactly get off a quality shot. Fleury makes that save as well.
4:57: After about three minutes of nothing, Mark Eaton ices the puck.
4:21: From the left point,Roman Hamrlik slides a pass to Mara at the right point. Mara hammers a slapper that's off the mark and misses the net.
4:16: Guerin coasts up the right wing and snaps off a wrister. It hits off Hamrlik's stick and deflects of play. A scrum develops in the corner with Crosby and Mara at the center of it. Nothing really comes ofit.
3:51: Travis Moen and Max Pacioretty each get a few chances in tight but can't beat a sprawled out Fleury.
3:10: Jordan Staal takes a pass in the slot and chops a slapper on net. It misses the mark. That might've been deflected.
2:54: Staal gets another chances in the slot. He hacks at a shot that gets deflected by Mara's stick then his head and out of danger.
2:45: Another chance down low as Cooke chops a shot that flutters over the net.
1:15: Malkin digs out a pucks from behind the cage and dishes it to Godard in tight. Godard immediately puts it on net and is denied by Price.
1:04: A shot by Talbot on the left wing is deflected out of play.
0:25: Guerin just tosse a wrister on net from the corner. Price makes the east save.
0:10: A slappery by Pascal Dupuis on the left wing is deflected out of play. We get far too much enjoyment from seeing Dupuis' confidence in his shot.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 1, Canadiens 0.
-Solid period for the Penguins. They didn't do anythign outstanding, but they played their game, attacked the offensive zone and maintained pressure on Carey Price. Montreal had a few decent opportunities, but the Penguins had the higher quanity of chances.
-The Talbot-Guerin-Crosby line has something going on tonight. They're hitting each other with a lot of clean passes and getting pucks on or around the net. Chris Kunitz better hurry back if he wants his "job" back on Crosby's wing.
-That said, seeing Kunitz on the scond line with Malkin and Fedotenko isn't a bad idea.
-Deryk Engelland's play stood out a bit that first period. He just knew "what to do" with the puck in a variety of situations.
-The Canadiens looked pretty good considering they played last night against the Blue Jackets and that they're without a lot of their big guns like Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.
-Shots are tied, 8-8.
-Metropolit, Moen, Craig Adams, Godard and Crosby each lead the game in shots with two.
-How in the world does Godard have more shots on net than Malkin (one)?
-Gonchar leads the game with 7:57 of ice time.
-Mara lead the Candiens with 7:03.
-The Penguins have a 9-5 lead in faceoffs (64 percent).
-Staal is 4 for 5 (80 percent).
-Metropolit is 2 for 4 (50 percent).
-O'Byrne and Mara each lead the game with two blocked shots.
-These two jokers in these Patrick Roy jerseys are getting around. These jersey fouls are so bad we have to run them again.
-And it the Canadiens portion of the jersy has a 1993 Stanley Cup Final patch on it also!?!?! This is even more tragic.
-We can't even describe how heartbreaking that is to us without using vulgarity.
-And this one is just plain inexcusable on so many fronts:
(Kudos to EN readers Joshua McElhattan and Kelli Zappas for the photos.)