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About the Canadiens - 11-25-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Canadiens.

When and where: 7:30 p.m., Mellon Arena.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, RDS.

Record: 12-11-1, 25 points. The Canadiens are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and in fourth place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Tomas Plekanec (right), 24 points (five goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 5-3 home win against the Blue Jackets, last night. Marc-Andre Bergeron had two goals for the Canadiens.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-1 road loss, Oct. 28. Sidney Crosby had a hat trick for the Penguins.

Canadiens Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Mike Cammalleri. He has scored five points (four goals, one assist) in his past three games.

Ex-Penguins on the Canadiens: Hal Gill, D; Georges Laraque, RW; Gordie Roberts, professional scout.

Ex-Canadiens on the Penguins: None.

Useless Canadiens Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The only Penguins player to attempt a regular season penalty shot against the Canadiens was Jock Callendar. He scored on future hall-of-famer Patrick Roy in a 7-2 loss at the Civic Arena, March 18, 1989.

Best Canadiens YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Canadiens tough guy Todd Ewen going nuts after being goaded into a penalty by former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson in the 1991-92 season:

Notes:

-Marc-Andre Fleury (13-7-0, 2.59 GAA, .902 SV%) and Jaroslav Halak (5-3-0, 2.62, GAA, .904 SV%) are your expected starters in net.

-For the Penguins, defenseman Alex Goligoski ("lower body") is out. Forwards Tyler Kennedy (groin), Chris Kunitz ("lower body"), defensemen Kris Letang (shoulder) and Jay McKee (finger) are on injured reserve.

-For the Canadiens, forward Scott Gomez ("lower-body") and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek ("lower-body") are day to day. Forward Georges Laraque is suspended. (Forwards Matt D'Agostini (concussion), Olivier Fortier (shoulder), Brian Gionta (foot), Benoit Pouliot ("upper-body") defensemen Hal Gill (foot) and Andrei Markov (ankle) are on injured reserve.

-Marrrrrkkkk.... Eaaaattttooonnnnn..... issss..... Ironnnnnn.... Mannn..... (Neeeehhh, Neeehhh, Neh, Neh, Nuhhhhhh....)

-That was a horrible attempt at phonetically writing out the opening guitar riff to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Sorry.

-How important is Matt Cooke to the Penguins' success?

-With so many injuries, the Canadiens recalled J.T. Wyman from Hamilton of the AHL.

-Marc-Andre Bergeron showed why he's not paid for his defense last night.

-"I’ve been in the league for 13 years and it’s not something I try to do. I’m not a dirty player. I’m deeply sorry I did that. That’s not the way I play the game and I hope that Niklas recovers from that." - Canadiens forward and former Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque explaining his knee-on-knee hit that injured Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall Saturday and netted a five-game suspension for Laraque.

-Laraque apparently isn't familiar with Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch:

-Last night's game was only the fourth win in regulation for Montreal this season.

-The Habs' 100th birthday is nine days away. What'cha get 'em?

-Assuming they don't meet the Penguins in the playoffs, this is will be the Canadiens' final trip to Mellon Arena. They were the first opposing NHL club to play in the building when they beat the expansion Penguins, 2-1, Oct. 11, 1967, in front of 9,307 fans.

-Montreal's Gilles Tremblay would score the first NHL goal in the then Civic Arena beating Hank Bassen at 17:29 of the first period. A 36-year-old Jean Beliveau would score the 400th goal of his legendary NHL career off assists from Yvon Cournoyer and Ted Harris at 0:53 in the second. Bassen protested the goal citing interference and told the Pittsburgh Press, "Somebody was sitting on me." That score turned out to be the game-winning goal as hall-of-famer Andy Bathgate would score the first goal in Penguins history when he beat Rogie Vachon at 7:06 of the third off of assists from Noel Price and Ab McDonald.

-Montreal's Ralph Backstrom took the first NHL penalty - a hooking minor at 2:55 in the first - in the facility. Ken Schinkel's cross checking penalty roughly three minutes later was the first penalty in Penguins' history. Vochon became the first winning NHL goaltender in the Civic Arena by stopping 35 shots. Bassen took the loss making 35 saves as well.

-The Canadiens' all-time record at Civic/Mellon Arena is 45-30-15.

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