Pittsburgh (0-1-0) at Montreal (2-1-0)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 7:30 pm EDT Thu Oct 16, 2003
  • TV: ROOT, RDS
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After a slow start, the Montreal Canadiens have shifted their offense into high gear.

The Canadiens look to continue their scoring surge as they take on the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

Since a 5-2 loss in Ottawa to begin the season, Montreal has outscored its last two opponents 9-1 in a pair of wins.

“It’s been night and day,” Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore said. “The first game it seemed that Ottawa was a great team. They are a good team, but I don’t think we played like we did the last two games. We learned from that game.”

Yanic Perreault had two goals and an assist, and Donald Audette added a goal and two assists as Montreal beat Washington 5-1 in its home opener Tuesday.

Perreault has made himself right at home on a line with Audette and rookie Michael Ryder.

“We’ve got great chemistry,” said Perreault, who leads Montreal with three goals. “We’re three different styles of players, but I think as a line it’s working really well. We’re just trying to get some shots at the net and I think offensively we’re generating some good things right now.”

The Penguins are off to a slow start, but are coming in off an encouraging effort.

Aleksey Morozov’s goal with 7:12 left brought Pittsburgh back from a three-goal deficit as the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers played to a 3-3 tie Saturday.

The Penguins were coming off a 3-0 season-opening loss to Los Angeles on Friday in which they tied a franchise record with just 11 shots at home. But against the Flyers, the Penguins were more active offensively, surpassing their shot total from one night earlier midway through the second period.

Sebastien Caron made 32 saves in his first start for the Penguins. Eighteen-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury, the top overall pick in the June entry draft, stopped 46 of 48 shots in his remarkable NHL debut on Friday.

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