Penguins 5, Canadiens 4
MONTREAL (AP)—Andre Roy scored his second goal of the season in the third period, despite misfiring on his shot, and John Leclair had three points in the first to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 42 shots, including 18 in the second as Montreal outshot Pittsburgh 19-5 in the period and 46-23 overall.
With the score tied at 4, Roy took a pass from Sidney Crosby on a 2-on-1 and drove in on Canadiens goalie David Aebischer. The Penguins’ forward completely fanned on his shot, but the puck’s forward momentum carried it under Aebischer’s right pad and into the net to give Pittsburgh its second and final lead of the game.
The Penguins have won each of their three games this season against the Canadiens, who remain eighth in the Eastern Conference with 71 points, one ahead of ninth-place Atlanta, which lost 4-2 to Philadelphia.
LeClair set up goals by Eric Boguniecki and Ryan Malone early in the first as the Penguins took a 2-0 lead 5:27 in. Ryan Whitney, who assisted on Malone’s goal, scored his third of the season in the second to tie it at 4.
Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray scored the first of his two power-play goals in the game 16:23 into the first after Jan Bulis and Garth Murray scored for Montreal as the teams combined for six goals in the opening period, including LeClair’s 16th with 22.4 seconds remaining that tied it at 3.
Fleury, a native of nearby Sorel, came up with several big saves in the second, including a spectacular butterfly stop on Chris Higgins’ backhand at 14:42. Fleury denied Saku Koivu on a 4-on-3 advantage earlier in the period when he scrambled into position after dropping his stick to stop the Montreal captain’s backhand.
Francis Bouillon, who left the game with a left leg injury early in the second, played a big part in getting the Canadiens back in the game after Boguniecki and Malone gave Pittsburgh the early two-goal lead.
The diminutive defenseman drew a huge cheer from the sellout crowd of 21,273 when he checked Niklas Nordgren heavily into the boards behind Montreal’s net before he grabbed the puck and charged down the right side.
Bouillon took the puck almost the length of the ice before passing across to Bulis, who fired a well-placed shot over Fleury’s right shoulder into the top left corner for his career high 17th goal.
Bouillon injured his left leg early in the second and was taken to a hospital for X-rays after he fell heavily into the boards behind the Penguins’ net. The X-rays came back negative and Bouillon has a bruised leg.
Canadiens right wing Aaron Downey and Pittsburgh’s Andre Roy dropped their gloves for a spirited fight at 3:02 as Bouillon lay on the ice. Fans chanted Bouillon’s name as he put his gloved right hand on his left knee as he was taken off on a stretcher.
Souray scored his second of the game—his ninth of the season—14 seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage as Montreal took a 4-3 lead 11:25 into the second.
Aebischer made his second straight start for Montreal despite allowing five goals in his Canadiens debut. He stopped 36 shots in Thursday’s 5-1 loss to Carolina, ending Cristobal Huet’s streak of 14 consecutive starts.
LeClair, who had no points in the Penguins’ two previous games against Montreal, has 31 goals and 20 assists in 37 games against the Canadiens, who he won a Stanley Cup with in 1993. … Canadiens D Craig Rivet recorded his 100th career assist on Murray’s goal. … Bulis, who had a career-high four goals in a 5-3 win in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, had 16 goals in 2003-03. … Montreal has sold out each of its 31 home games.