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Penguins at Canadiens - 03-02-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

-The Penguins are on a two-game losing streak and are missing two of their more important players in Paul Martin and Evgeni Malkin. So obviously there isn't a better time to playing an opponent like the Canadiens who entered the day in first place in the Eastern Conference.

-The most curious development today was Dan Bylsma's decision to start Tomas Vokoun in place of Marc-Andre Fleury. Vokoun is coming off two bad starts. Fleury has been a far better as of late.

-Bylmsa seems to play in goaltenders' prior history against an opponent when determining who to start. In 21 career games against the Canadiens, Vokoun has a losing record at 6-9-4 but his goals against average (2.45) and save percentage (.925) are stellar. In 24 career regular season games against the Canadiens, Fleury is 13-8-2 with a 3.25 goals against average and .889 save percentage.

-James Neal returns to the second line with Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke while Pascal Dupuis is back with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz on the first line. Neal and Crosby just didn't seem to click in five-on-five play all that much. Plus, that seemingly allowed the Hurricanes to load up defensively on that one line Thursday. Breaking up Crosby and Neal would presumably force the Canadiens to worry about two lines.

-We would expect Crosby to see a lot of Josh Gorges tonight. Gorges is one of the better defensive defensemen in the Eastern Conference and has a history of shadowing Crosby.

-Mark Eaton makes his (re) debut for the Penguins tonight. Ironically, his last game for the Penguins was a 5-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 7 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series in 2010.

-With Martin out, Orpik is teamed up with his old partner in Kris Letang while Eaton is playing with Matt Niskanen.
 Letang and Orpik have had success with one another in the past. We're intrigued to see if Niskanen is allowed to take more chances with Eaton as his parter. Niskanen could be in a position to take advantage of his offensive skills more than he would normally with Letang.

-It'll be interesting to see how much Eaton is used. He hasn't played an NHL game in 10 months. That said, the extended layoff could do him wonders in terms of allowing him to rest up from the bumps and bruises he's accumulated in over 10 years in the NHL.

-Niskanen will man the points with Letang on the point. Niskanen has a surprising shot and can skate a bit but can he be expected to keep things calm on the power play the way Martin does?

-Simon Despres returns to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous two games. As we documented yesterday, the Penguins have had more success with him in the lineup. With Martin unavailable, the Penguins probably need a little more skill on the blue line than Robert Bortuzzo can provide.

-Michel Therrien coaches his first game against the Penguins since he was fired in 2009. He is easily one of the best coaches in franchise history if for nothing else, this memorable rant in 2006:

-#Soff

-Carey Price enters the game as perhaps the top goaltending in the NHL this season. He's probably been the biggest reason for Montreal's success this season.

-Andrei Markov is finally healthy after battling knee ailments the past two seasons. His health is another big reason for Montreal's success, especially on the power play. Perhaps the comparison is lazy given their common heritage, but he's similar to Sergei Gonchar in his impact on a power play. He keeps the entire unit calm.

-Speaking of Russian defenseman, Alexei Emelin shatters any and all sterotypes about Russian's not being tough. He pretty much hits anything and everything.

-We would anticipate Crosby seeing quite a bit of Tomas Plekanec as well.

-If James Hetfield and Art Garfunkel had a kid and he became a French Canadian national anthem singer, this would be it:

-The Penguins' starters are Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and Tomas Vokoun.

-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Boychuk and Paul Martin.

-The Canadens' scratches are Brian Gionta, Tomas Plekanec, Brandon Prust, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov and Carey Price.

-Their scratches are Gabriel Dumont and Yannick Weber.

FIRST PERIOD

19:36: Off a feed from Kunitz off the left wing wall, Dupuis chop a one-timer from the top of the slot. It mises wide to the right of the cage. Off a ricochet off the end boards, Crosby whack the rebound on net. Price covers to freeze play.

18:46: Corralling the puck at the right point, P.K. Subban flings a wrister on net. Vokoun eats it up. During the stoppage, Root Sports broadcaster Bob Errey refers to Danish Canadiens forward Lars Eller as "Denmarkian."

17:59: A wrister by Eller is fought off by Vokoun.

15:29: Challenging Despres one-on-one, Pacioretty cuts off the left wing wall and flings a backhander on net.

15:01: Tyler Kennedy pushes the puck up the left wing and is stripped by Michael Ryder at the red line. Kennedy then is thumped to the ice by Eller on a nice open ice hit. Ouch.

14:54: Dustin Jeffrey lugs the puck up the right wing and flings a wrister on net from the point. Price eats it up.

14:41: Adams pushes the puck up the right wing and flings a wrister on net. Price eats it up as the great Joe Vitale and Tanner glass crash in.

14:19: Tomas Kaberle corrals a puck on the left half wall and immediately flings it on net. Vokoun kicks it out with his left leg. The rebound hops up a bit to the slot. Brandon Prust beats Oprik to the puck and jabs it in net. A bad play all around. The Penguins lost a puck battle behind the cage. Vokoun offered a bad rebound and Orpik failed to tie up Prust. Kaberle gets the only assist. Canadiens 1-0.

12:53: Neal corrals a puck behind the Montreal net, shields Subban from it with his budd and tries to jam in a forehand wraparound. Price holds it out.

12:12: Kennedy forces a turnover in the left wing corner of Montreal's zone by Gorges. Bennett swoops in and takes the puck to the slot. he taps it to Jeffrey to the left of the cage. Jeffrey one-touches it on net. Price kicks it out. There a battle for the rebound. Bennett appears to have a chance to the right of the cage but Eller pokes it away before Bennett can get a stick on it.

11:04: Off a backhanded pass by Kunitz from the left wing corner, Dupuis jabs a one-timer on net from the left circle. It hits off the side of the cage.

11:13: Kunitz races up the left wing and drives a slapper wide to the far side.

10:26: Dupuis rips a wrister from the right half wall. It hits a skate in front of the net.

9:43: Neal pushes the puck up the right wing, cross over with Sutter and deals a pass to Sutter. Sutter rushes in on net, fends off a stick check by David Desharnais and whacks  shots on net. Price kicks it out.

6:54: Off a neutral zone turnover by Letang, Prust chips a puck from the right wing towards the cage. It hits Letang's leg and bounces in on Vokoun. Gionta is hovering near the cage but can't get a stick on hte puck.

6:19: Pacioretty races up the left win with Eaton challenging. Pacioretty rips a wrister which Eaton deflects with a stick on puck.

5:57: Kennedy guns a slapper from the right circle wide on the near side.

5:41: Bennett chases after a puck in the right wing corner. Price hugs his near post and fights it off.

5:07: Using Gorges as a screen, Crosby flings a wrister on net from above the left circle. Price fights it off. Dupuis chops the rebound on net with a backhander. Price eats it up and we get our first television timeout of the game. Great pace to this game.

4:27: Plekanec goes deep on the left wing and flings a feed to the crease. With a few bodies in red jerseys crashing in, Vokoun steers it to the far wall.

3:03: Ryan White pushes the puck up the left wing and is smacked off the puck by a strong hip check into the baords by Despres.

2:51: Mark Eaton is either really mad or he just ate an entire box of Sour Patch Kids:

2:40: Kunitz chips a puck from the left wall in the neutral zone up ice to Crosby. Crosby gets a step on Plekanec, picks up the puck and drives to the cage. Despite a hold by Plekanec, Crosby whacks a forehand shot on net. Price kicks it out. Play is halted. Crosby, Kunitz, Neal, Letang and Niskanen take the ice.

1:57: Taking a pass from Neal in the right circle, Crosby leans down and snaps off a shot wide on the near side.

1:34: Crossing over with Letang at the center point, Niskanen take a pass

1:23: Off a pass from Crosby, Niskanen chops a one-timer from the left point. Price says no.

0:25: The J.V. power play to the rescue. Sutter pushes the puck up the rigth wing and leave a drop pass for Letang above the left circle. Letang snaps off a wrister which hits off the skate of Emelin. Sutter is in the right place at the right time and pokes the rebound in by Price's glove hand. Letang and Bennett get assists. Canadiens 1, Penguins 1.

0:29: Brendan Gallagher controls the puck behind the net and is sort of tackled in the cage by Dupuis. That's two minutes for holding.

0:21: Off an offensive zone faceoff, Subban booms a one-timer from the left point. Orpik blocks it. Crosby clears the rebound down ice.

0:00: End of period. Canadiens 1, Penguins 1.

SECOND PERIOD

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-All things considered, that was the Penguins' best first period of this road trip. They didn't make too many misateks outside of the first goal. They seemed to control play mostly in Montreal's zone and they played how they wanted with with a mostly aggressive forehceck.

-Vokoun seemed to settle things after that iffy goal by Prust. He needed a strong first period for a variety of first reasons.

-So far so good for Mark Eaton. We were curious where his skating would be after such a long layoff. He seemed strong on his skates and didn't show much rust. He's always been more of a positional presence than physical. He was limited to 8:04 of ice time on six shifts and one blocked shot.

-Eaton is the 26th player to wear No. 4 for the Penguins:

Noel Price (1968-1969)
Bob Blackburn (1970-1971)
Dave Burrows (1972-1978)
Dale Tallon (1979-1980)
Paul Baxter (1981-1983)
Marty McSorley (1984-1985)
Greg Fox (1985)
Phil Bourque (1986)
Dwight Schofield (1987)
Chris Dahlquist (1988-1991)
Gord Dineen (1992)
Greg Hawgood (1994-1995)
Greg Andrusak (1994)
Corey Foster (1996)
Kevin Hatcher (1997-1999)
Jeff Norton (2001)
Bobby Dollas (2001)
Mike Wilson (2002)
Jamie Pushor (2002)
Dan Focht (2003-2004)
Noah Welch (2006-2007)
Cory Cross (2006)
Rob Scuderi (2008-2009)
Jordan Leopold (2010)
Zbynek Michalek (2011-2012)

-Eaton previously wore No. 3 and No. 7 for the Penguins.

-We loved the play of the third line with Jeffrey, Kennedy and Bennett. They had the most sustained offensive zone pressure and even forced the Canadiens into some mistakes in their own end. That line generated some solid offensive chances.

-If not for an unlucky bounce, Carey Price still has a shutout. He's been outstanding thus far.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00: The Canadiens will start the period with 1:32 of power-play time on fresh ice. Adams, Glass, Orpik and Letang take the ice.

18:28: The Penguins successfully kill of the power play. Montreal did not get a shot on net during that power play.

18:15: Crosby leads a partial three-on-two up the lreft wing. As Dupuis drives to the cage, dragging a defender with him. Crosby deals to Sutter trailing in the slot. Sutter jabs a one-timer on net. Price reads the play all the way and kicks the puck out of play.

18:10: Off an offensive zone faceoff win, Despres deals a pass from the left point and whacks a one-timer on net. Price eats it up. Kunitz jabs fora rebound. Emelein and Moent take exception and give the business to Kunitz. Nothing comes of it.

17:09: Off a bad pass from Crosby from behind the cage, Kunitz jabs a one-timer from the left circle well wide to the far side.

15:47: Off an offensive zone turnover by the Penguins, Gallagher weaves his way tot he net from the left circle and attacks the net with a forehand shot. Vokoun holds it out. As Orpik tries to knock  over Gallagher, he leaves Paciorettly alone floating just behind the play. Pacioretty is able to poke the loose rebound by the left leg of a helpless Vokoun. Letang was kind of lost in space on that play. Poor play by Letang and Orpik near their own cage has led directly to Montreal's goals. Gallagher and Kaberle get assists. Canadiens 2-1.

13:11: Sutter rips a wrister from the right circle on net. Price punches it away.

13:06: Sutter recovers his rebound circles out of the left wing corner and lifts a wrister from the left circle. Price eats it up.

12:20: Off a fake shot/pass by Eller, Ryder booms a one-timer form the left circle. Vokoun reads the play and eats the puck up.

12:02: The Penguins strike back. Crosby settles a bouncing puck with his skates and sweeps a wrister on net. Prices kicks it out. Crosby controls the rebound behnid the cage and deals to Kunitz directly to the left of the cage. Kunitz whacks the puck off the side of Price and into the cage. Not pretty but it was creative. Crosby gets the only assist. Canadiens 2, Penguins 2.

11:55: Neal rips a wrister from the left circle on net. Price eats it up.

11:31: All the momentum is in the Penguins' favor. Letang corrals a bouncing puck at the left point and deals to Orpik at the left point. Orpik then deals a pass to Cooke above the left circle. Cooke turns off a check and flings a wrister at the cage. Price is screened by a few bodies, including Neal, and the puck beats Price on the blocker side. Orpik gets the only assist. Not sure how Letang didn't get one. Penguins 3-2.

11:08: Glass leads a rush up the left wing and is dropp on a stiff hip check into the boards by Subban.

10:59: Alex Galchenyuk is nabbed for hooking Glass. Crosby, Neal, Kunitz, Niskanen and Letang take the ice.

10:22: Crosby deals a shot/pass from the left circle to Kunitz in front of the blue paint. Kunitz re-directs the puck wide to the far side.

9:25: The J.V. power play nearly allows a short-handed goal. Jeffrey fails to keep a puck in at the left point. That allows Prust to push it up the left wing boards on a partial two-on-one. Letang is back defending. As Prust deals a puck to Armstrong in the slot. Letang slides down to deflect the puck. Armstrong still gets the pass but is kind of forced to change his angle in attacking the net and Vokoun kicks out the shot. Yeesh.

8:59: The Galchenyuk minor expires. The Penguins failed to get a shot on net with that chance.

6:55: The Central Hockey League wannabe strikes. Off a center ice faceoff, Neal pushes the puck up to the offensive zone. He rips a shot from the slot which is blocked. Cooke follows up the rebound by griping and ripping a wrister which appears to deflect partially off Gorges and beats Price on the blocker side. Its his second goal of the game and its unassisted. The Penguins have the Canadiens reeling. Penguins 4, Canadiens 2.

4:27: Kennedy pushes the puck up the left wing tries to chip and chase it into the corner. He ends up trying to this "swim" move on Emelin and holds him. That's two minutes for holding.  Crosby, Adams, Orpik and Letang take the ice.

3:44: HUGE save by Vokoun. Subban pounds a one-timer from the right point. Despite a screen, Vokoun fights it off. Gallagher is right in front and whacks the rebound on net. Vokouns falls to his left and holds it out with his left arm. Tough, tough save.

2:48: Kaberle booms a slapper from the left circle. Vokoun fights it off. Glass clears the rebound.

2:23: The Canadiens strike as the Kennedy minor expires. As Kennedy leaves the box. Eller taps a pass from the right circle to Bouillon at center point. Bouillon fires a one-timer at the cage. Gionta is in the slot and re-directs the puck by Vokoun's glove hand. It's not officially a power play goal but it might as well be as Kennedy had just left the penalty box. Bouillon and Eller get assists. Penguins 4-3.

1:25: Plekanec chops a slapper from the left circle with Niskanen challenging. Vokoun eats it up.

0:46: Taking a pass from Subban at the left point, Markov chucks a wrister on net. Vokoun kicks it out.

0:23: Prust lifts a shot from the left circle. Vokoun punches it away.

0:01: Unreal. The Canadiens tie the game up at the last second. After an icing call, the Canadiens win an offensive zone faceoff in the right circle. Markov fires a wrister which hits traffic. The rebound rattles behind the net. Gallagher controls the puck, gets Letang to chase him and deals to Subban driving in to the left of the crease. Subban is able to punch the shot through the gear of Vokoun as the clock expires. Officials check the video to confirm the puck went in before the clock hit zero:

-Yup. Gallagher and Pacioretty get assists. Canadiens 4, Penguins 4.

0:00: End of period. Canadiens 4, Penguins 4.

SECOND INTERMISSION

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-What a crazy period. Back and forth. Up and down. Some pretty plays, bad mistakes and rotten luck have led to goals.

-The Brooks Orpik-Kris Letang duo has been awful tonight. They've allowed the Canadiens to get their mail forwards to the Penguins' crease most of the game. They need to be better considering the minutes they command.

-The Penguins' second line really set the tone for the team early in this period. They had some sustained offensive zone pressure and the Penguins seemed to feed off that for their three goals that period.

-The Kennedy minor really swung things in the Canadiens favor. Montreal didn't officially record a power play goal but the Canadiens really generated some momentum with their offensive chances in that two mintues and were able to tie the game.

-Vokoun has been better than his previous two starts but he still needs to offer something more for the Penguins. Even with the poor defensive zone coverage, He has to stop that Subban goal.

-The Canadiens have a 27-26 lead in shots.

-Sutter and Pacioretty each lead the game six shots on net.

-Letang leads the game with 17:34 of ice tme.

-Subban leads the Canadiens with 16:16.

-Faceoffs are tied, 22-22.

-Crosby is 11 for 21 (55 percent).

-White is 4 for 7 (57 percent).

-Orpik leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Bouillon leads the Canadiens with two.

THIRD PERIOD

19:37: Off a drop pass, Prust booms a slapper from the left circle. Vokoun kicks it out.

18:52: Niskanen is on with Orpik. Letang is with Eaton.

17:50: Jeffrey has a chance as he flies into the offensive zone and pushes a backhander from the left circle. Price holds it out.

17:21: The rare double penalty. Glass smacks Armstrong at the Penguins' blue line. Armstrong grabs a hold of Glass and pulls him down to the ice. Glass is called for interference. Armstrong for holding. Four on four.

17:06: Kunitz sneaks in off the left wing with space and attacks the net. His forehand shot is denied by Price.

16:42: Despres floats a wrister fromthe left point. Price makes the save but the rebound trickles behind him. Markov is Johnny-On-The-Spot and backhands the loose puck out of danger before it can role into the cage. HUGE play.

15:21: Glass and Armstrong return to play.

14:35: The Canadiens regain the lead. Emelin whacks a one-timer from the left point. Vokoun is challenging heavily and fights the puck off. Desharnis is to the right of the cage. He's able to settle the rebound and tucks it between VOkoun's stick and near post. Another inexcusable goal. The Pengins failed to account for Desharnais and Vokoun allowed another iffy rebound. Emelin and Markov get assists. Canadiens 5-4.

13:15: Plekanec pushes the puck up the left wing and drives a slapper on net. Vokoun kicks out a rebound. Sutter skates it out of danger.

13:00: THe Montreal fans begin their "Ole, Ole, Ole" chants.

11:38: Kunitz and Dupuis each have a chance to the left side of the net but cant' beat Price.

11:27: What a game. Taking pass from Kunitz, Letang is in deep on the right wing. He fights off Eller and deals towards Crosby in the left wing corner.  Crosby deals to CKunitz in the slot. Kunitz hammers a one-timer which clangs off the cross bar and into the net by Price's glove hand. Crosby and Letang get assists. This has been some crazy game. Canadiens 5, Penguins 5.

10:55: Off a pass from the end boards by Sutter, Cooke has a chance in tight but can't beat Price low.

9:36: Sidney Crosby to the rescue. Letang drives the puck deep on the left wing. He battles for possession with Subban on the end boards, knocks over Subban and plays the puck to the crease. The puck is batted around and slides to the crease were Crosby rips a shot over Price's glove and into the cage. What is going on? Letang and Kunitz get assists. Great play by Letang to generate that chance. Penguins 6-5.

9:06: Another goal? Where are Robbie Brown and Mats Naslund? This is 1980s hockey. Eller drives the puck up the left sing into the offensive zone and cuts slightly to the slot. He leaves a drop pass for Gionta at the left point. Gionta unleashes a whicked slapper which blows by Vokoun. Unreal. Prust seemed like he had a slight screen with a center drive but that has to be saved. Hopefully you have some Canadiens or Penguins skaters on your fantasy team tonight. Eller and Emelin get assists.  Canadiens 6, Penguins 6.

8:00: With the Canadiens once again storming the gates, Plekanec has two chances in tight but can't beat Vokoun. Play is halted. Kennedy is called for cross checking Galchenyuk. Another penalty for Kennedy. He basically hit Galchenyuk in the upper back while battling for a puck. That's a penalty by the book but that's not always a penalty in the third period under these conditions. Sutter, Adams, Orpik and Letang take the ice.

7:06: Subban fires a one-timer from teh center point. Letang blocks it with his skate and is limping slightly.

5:52: As the Kennedy penalty expires, Gionta takes a pass in the left circle and flings a wrister on net. Vokoun reads the play, slide to his rgith and kicks it out. Big save and a big kill.

5:16: Crosby flings a wrister from above the left circle to the far side. Price punches it away with a blocker.

4:23: After Eller circles the offensive zone with the puck, he deals a pass to Pacioretty in the left circle. Pacioretty fires a slapper which Vokoun steers away.

4:00: Subban hammers a slapper from the right point. It hits off Cooke's skate and deflects out of play. Cooke is wincing a bit after that.

3:55: Off an offensive zone faceoff, Emelin flings a wrister on net. Vokoun gloves it.

3:22: A wrister by Ryder above the left circle is deflected over the cage on a stick on puck by Orpik.

2:33: Neal coats up the left wing, cuts to the slot and from the left circle flings a wrister wide to the far side.

2:17: Following an icing call, Therrien calls a timeout with the faceoff in his own zone to give his players a breather.

2:09: Letang is with Despres.

2:02: After fighting off Desarnais with one hand, Crosby lifts a backhander from the left circle off the side of the cage.

0:56: After a turnover by the Penguins at their own blue line, Prust lifts a wrister from the right circle over the cage.

0:00: End of period. Canadiens 6, Penguins 6.

THIRD INTERMISSION

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-The Canadiens have a 35-39 lead in shots.

OVERTIME

4:08: Brandon Sutter to the rescue. Despres makes a nice play to take a puck off Desharnais on the wall in the Penguins zone and he zooms out of the defensive with the puck. He dishes to Neal who gains the offensive zone. Neal gains the offensive zone and taps a backhaned pass to Despres on the left wing. Despres draws in a defender and deals to Sutter trailing in the slot. Sutter makes a move by Pacioretty who falls down and rips a wrister which toasts the glove hand of Price. What a play by Despres to get the puck and create the goal. Despres and Neal get assists. Penguins 7, Canadiens 6. Whew.

POSTGAME

-Pause for a moment and put aside any cynicism you might have for how the Penguins played defense tonight or how Tomas Vokoun played. Sit back and try to absorb the wild, crazy, entertaining game you just watched. This was some vintage 1980s run-and-gun hockey. No lead was safe. Goals were plentiful. Defense was minimal. This was a special game in that sense.

-Romanticism for offense aside, this was certainly a frustrating game from the Penguins' defensive side of things. They gave the Canadiens acres of ice to work with and let them set up shop far too freely near the crease. This is nothing new either. The same things happened against the Panthers and Hurricanes earlier this week. The coaching staff must address this.

-Once again, Tomas Vokoun didn't have a lot of help. He made some tough saves. He had a key stop against Brian Gionta late in regulation after Tyler Kennedy's second penalty expired to keep the game tied, 6-6. But he has to be better regardless of how poor his defense is in front of him.

-What in the world happened to the duo of Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang? They were brutal tonight. Letang was lost in space while Orpik failed to keep the Canadiens out around the net. Those are arguable the team's two most physical defensemen and they were awful when they were paired together in their own zone. The team's foturnes

-What else can you say about Simon Despres? The team is now 12-4 when he plays and 2-4 when he doesn't. He was one of the few consistent players on the Penguins' blue line. He was clean with the puck in his own zone, physical and just seemed confident. We're not sure how he can be a healthy scratch at this point once all the Penguins' defensemen are healthy.

-Brandon Sutter stepped up in a big way tonight. The Penguins didn't have much of an offensive threat Thursday against the Hurricanes beyond the first line. That allowed the Hurricanes to load up defensively on that line and limit the Penguins' offense. Tonight, with Neal back on the second line, Sutter found some chemistry with him and Cooke and they helped balance things offensively for the Penguins. He sniped a pretty goal by Price's glove hand for the game winner.

-Cooke looked pretty good for a Central Hockey League player as he was dubbed by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

-Sidney Crosby meshed once again with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. That trio should never be broken up as long as all three are able-bodied.

-The third line of Tyler Kennedy, Beau Bennett and Dustin Jeffrey was really strong in the first period but seemed to fade away after the first intermission.

-Even if you look past his two penalties, Tyler Kennedy was not good. He just isn't offering much of anything right now.

-Mark Eaton was okay in his first game back. His skating seemed to jump out mostly. He was sharp in that regard. He was on the ice for Montreal's final two goals and didn't really look all that good in either instance but by that point, any semblence of defense by either team was abandoned.

-Oddly, special teams didn't play a big role in this final score. There was only one power-play goal in this crazy game.

-The Canadiens' defense was brutal tonight as well. Michel Therrien-coached teams generally don't look this awful in their own zone.

-Like Vokoun, Carey Price's defense did not help him at all but he was bad awful. The Penguins seemed to find a weakness over his glove hand and went after it. Their last three goals went by the glove hand.

-The Canadiens led in shots, 39-36.

-Sutter and Max Pacioretty each led the game with seven shots.

-Letang led the game with 26:43.

-Andrei Markov led the Canadiens with 25:17.

-The Canadiens led in faceoffs, 33-32 (51 percent).

-Sutter was 9 for 14 (64 percent).

-Lars Eller was 6 for 11 (55 percent).

-Orpik led the game with four blocked shots.

-Francis Bouillon, Ryan White, David Desharnais and Andre Markov each led the Canadiens with two blocked shots.

-We meant to post this in the pregame notes but if you're wondering what Vokoun looks like in his Canadiens jersey, here you go:

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-Cooke moved past Kevin Hatcher and Vic Hadfield for 58th place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. All three players have 140 points but Cooke (64) has more goals than Hatcher (45) and Hadfield (61).

-Neal moved past Maxime Talbot for 78th place. Both players have 108 points but Neal (54) has more goals than Talbot (52).

-This game fell two goals short of matching the record for most goals in a Penguins-Canadiens game. The Canadiens beat the Penguins, 8-7, at the Civic Arena, Jan. 15, 1983. Paul Gardner had two goals and two assists for the Penguins.

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