Penguins 7, Canadiens 6 (OT)By Sean Farrell, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Mar 2, 2013 10:00 PM EST
MONTREAL -- Brandon Sutter scored his second goal of the game 52 seconds into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended their two-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Montreal captain Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game 10:54 into the third period to draw the Canadiens even at 6. That came just 30 seconds after Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh its second lead of the game with his 10th goal of the season at 10:24. Kris Letang got his fourth assist on Crosby's goal. Crosby had two assists and Chris Kunitz also had three points, with two goals and an assist. Matt Cooke had a pair of goals for the Penguins, and Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist for Montreal, which also got goals from Brandon Prust, P.K. Subban and David Desharnais. Carey Price stopped 29 shots. The Canadiens remain undefeated in regulation in their last 10 games (7-0-3). Subban drew Montreal even at 4 with less than a second remaining in the second period. Desharnais gave the Canadiens their third lead when he picked up his own rebound and reached around Vokoun for his fifth goal and his first in seven games. Both teams scored once in the first period, three times in the second, and twice in the third. Sutter scored a power-play goal with 53 seconds left in the opening period after Prust put away a rebound 5:41 in to open the scoring. Pacioretty's seventh goal 4:14 into the second restored Montreal's one-goal lead at 2-1, but Pittsburgh responded with three unanswered goals, including a pair by Cooke, to take a 4-2 lead at 13:05. Gionta deflected Francis Bouillon's point shot past Vokoun at 17:37 to draw the Canadiens within 4-3 and Subban scored with less than a second remaining in the period to tie it at 4. Desharnais scored Montreal's third straight goal 5:25 into the third period. Kunitz, who scored 7:58 into the second, drew Pittsburgh even at 5 with his second goal of the game at 8:33. NOTES: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin missed his fourth straight game because of a concussion. Malkin, the NHL's reigning MVP, had four goals and 17 assists for 21 points in 18 games when he was injured as the result of a hit by Florida's Erik Gudbransson on Feb. 22. ... Canadiens coach Michel Therrien had a 135-105-32 regular-season mark behind Pittsburgh's bench from 2005-09. Therrien guided the Penguins to the 2008 Stanley Cup final, where they lost to Detroit in six games. He had a 15-10 playoff record in Pittsburgh. ... Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz missed his second straight game because of a concussion. Left wing Rene Bourque, who is also sidelined with a concussion, missed his fourth game in a row. ... Forward Gabriel Dumont did not dress for the Canadiens, who recalled him from AHL Hamilton on Friday. Dumont, who played three games for Montreal last season, was Hamilton's leading scorer with 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 52 games.
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