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At Bell Center - Montreal, Quebec

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Alex Kovalev scored 4:31 into overtime to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night in the first preseason game for both teams.

Kovalev took Mark Streit's pass and cut into the slot before beating Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot as Pittsburgh squandered an opportunity to play the final minutes with a 5-on-3 advantage.

Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi were penalized along with Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek with 40.6 seconds remaining following a fierce battle between Crosby and Komisarek in the goal mouth.

Wearing the captain's 'C' for the first time, Crosby scored late in the second, and assisted on Ryan Malone's power-play goal 14:50 into the third as Pittsburgh drew even twice to force overtime.

Crosby received Maxime Talbot's behind-the-net pass to the right of the goal and banked a shot off Komisarek and past goalie Yann Denis 17:04 into the second to tie it at 1.

Kovalev added two assists and Andrei Kostitsyn also had one of each for Montreal. Kostitsyn, whose brother Sergei made his Canadiens debut, scored during a 4-on-3 advantage to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 6:41 into the second period.

He added an assist as Corey Locke scored 11:43 into the third period to restore Montreal's one-goal lead at 2-1.

Fleury made 19 saves.

Montreal, which hosts Pittsburgh again Tuesday night, played the final two periods with four defensemen after losing two prospects to injury.

Andrew Archer was taken to hospital for X-rays as a result of facial injuries sustained in a first-period fight with Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque. Archer had a cut under his left eye and was bleeding from his nose when he left the ice to go to the dressing room after the brief and one-sided fight 14:07 in.

Defenseman Mathieu Carle injured a knee later in the first and didn't return.

Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet made a spectacular stick save on Petr Sykora's shot with 50.4 seconds left in the first, lunging to his right to stop the puck on the goal line.

Huet stopped all 12 shots he faced, including nine in the first period, before he was replaced by Denis 14:49 into the second.

Top Pittsburgh draft pick Angelo Esposito made his Penguins debut. Esposito, a Montreal native chosen 20th in the June draft, played on a line with Talbot and Adam Hall.

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Guest HalifaxHab

It was a really good game. I was impressed by Chipchura, I think he did a great job against Crosby and he was 70% on his faceoffs and played well with the puck (except that one giveaway in the 1st), and Corey Locke, he has a great shot and accurate too, and like all of our foreward is lightning fast. I hope Locke gets a solid chance, I feel he could be good.

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I expect the Pens to come out hard tonight after the comments made by the montreal media about Montreal icing there ''B'' team and beating the Pens ''A'' team. They are going to want some redemtion, definately. Will they get it though? I am anxious to finally see O'byrne play and see who got cut since last game.

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Last game was fantastic, can't complain much about any of our players, and I'm sure this game probably won't be much different. My prediction is this one will not run into overtime with only three goals, final score will probably be 2-1 or 3-0.

Ofcourse, I'm not one to trust with these predictions, but let's play hard!

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I cant wait to finally see price play. Does anyone know what our line-up will look like tonight? Lets beat those Pens!

GO HABS GO!!!

EDIT: Ooops, double post. I guess i'll make use of this double post...

GO HABS GO!!!

GO HABS GO!!!

GO HABS GO!!!

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I cant wait to finally see price play. Does anyone know what our line-up will look like tonight? Lets beat those Pens!

GO HABS GO!!!

I wonder if Carey will fashion a new mask :P

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Guest HabSteve

line up for tonights game:

Pittsburgh :

Erik Christensen – Evgeni Malkin – Petr Sykora

Angelo Esposito – Dustin Jeffrey – Adam Hall

Ryan Stone – Jeff Taffe – Jonathan Filewich

Chris Minard – Nathan Smith – Tyler Kennedy

Brooks Orpik – Ryan Whitney

Alain Nasreddine – Kristopher Letang

Ryan Lannon – Mike Weaver

Dany Sabourin – John Curry , Sabourin will goal the whole game

Montreal :

Guillaume Latendresse – Saku Koivu – Michael Ryder

Eric Manlow – Maxim Lapierre – Matt D’Agostini

Steve Bégin – Bryan Smolinski – Thomas Beauregard

Jimmy Bonneau – Ryan White – Francis Lemieux

Roman Hamrlik – Ryan O’Byrne

Jamie Rivers – Jean-Philippe Côté

Francis Bouillon – Mathieu Dandenault

Carey Price – Jaroslav Halak

Thanks to Francois Gagnon( http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/gagnon/?p=70312283 )

He added that Valentenko might play and Bonneau might sit.

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Montreal :

Guillaume Latendresse – Saku Koivu – Michael Ryder

Eric Manlow – Maxim Lapierre – Matt D’Agostini

Steve Bégin – Bryan Smolinski – Thomas Beauregard

Jimmy Bonneau – Ryan White – Francis Lemieux

Roman Hamrlik – Ryan O’Byrne

Jamie Rivers – Jean-Philippe Côté

Francis Bouillon – Mathieu Dandenault

Carey Price – Jaroslav Halak

not as skilled as last night but clearly grittier.

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line up for tonights game:

Pittsburgh :

Erik Christensen – Evgeni Malkin – Petr Sykora

Angelo Esposito – Dustin Jeffrey – Adam Hall

Ryan Stone – Jeff Taffe – Jonathan Filewich

Chris Minard – Nathan Smith – Tyler Kennedy

Brooks Orpik – Ryan Whitney

Alain Nasreddine – Kristopher Letang

Ryan Lannon – Mike Weaver

Dany Sabourin – John Curry , Sabourin will goal the whole game

Montreal :

Guillaume Latendresse – Saku Koivu – Michael Ryder

Eric Manlow – Maxim Lapierre – Matt D’Agostini

Steve Bégin – Bryan Smolinski – Thomas Beauregard

Jimmy Bonneau – Ryan White – Francis Lemieux

Roman Hamrlik – Ryan O’Byrne

Jamie Rivers – Jean-Philippe Côté

Francis Bouillon – Mathieu Dandenault

Carey Price – Jaroslav Halak

Thanks to Francois Gagnon( http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/gagnon/?p=70312283 )

He added that Valentenko might play and Bonneau might sit.

is that an official lineup?

wow, people coming in from out of town to see sid the kid will be disappointed...

why wouldn't valentenko play? i've been waiting to see him...also disappointing.

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is that an official lineup?

wow, people coming in from out of town to see sid the kid will be disappointed...

why wouldn't valentenko play? i've been waiting to see him...also disappointing.

Cindy played last night and had a rough time, imagine if Lapierre was out there to hassle him too?

Valentenko very well could be part of the "taxi squad" so if he isn't out there tonight (fingers crossed) they play him tomorrow to cover for Archer or Carle

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Cindy played last night and had a rough time, imagine if Lapierre was out there to hassle him too?

Valentenko very well could be part of the "taxi squad" so if he isn't out there tonight (fingers crossed) they play him tomorrow to cover for Archer or Carle

exactly what i was hoping for...lapierre to mix it up again tonight ; ) i guess now all eyes will be on malkin (at least mine)

true. it'd be fun to see valentenko play with the (bela)russian lineup. that works for me. as long as he plays.

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exactly what i was hoping for...lapierre to mix it up again tonight ; ) i guess now all eyes will be on malkin (at least mine)

true. it'd be fun to see valentenko play with the (bela)russian lineup. that works for me. as long as he plays.

According to RDS...

Chez le Canadien, Guy Carbonneau enverra dans la mêlée 20 joueurs différents. Devant le filet, Carey Price et Jaroslav Halak se partageront le travail. À la défensive, on retrouvera Roman Hamrlik, Ryan O'Byrne, Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Dandenault, Jamie Rivers et Jean-Philippe Côté.

En attaque, les quatre trios utilisés seront les suivants:

Michael Ryder - Saku Koivu - Guillaume Latendresse

Steve Bégin - Bryan Smolinski - Thomas Beauregard

Eric Manlow - Maxim Lapierre - Matt D'Agostini

Francis Lemieux - Cory Urquhart - Ryan White

Some players are different than what has been posted...

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I have always hated the Pens, not sure why, but I've never liked them.

The win last night was sweet, and I'm aware it's pre-season and it doesn't really matter, but it's still nice to see a win. Hopefully we can double up on that win tonight and take it to them.

I wonder who will be starting for the Habs tonight. Like I said, last night was like the Hamilton Bulldogs vs. the Penguins. I'd like to see Koivu, Ryder, Higgins and Lats out there tonight.

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