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Wed, 12 Jan 2011 Bell Centre 7:30 PM TSN(HD), RDS(HD)





PENGUINS (26-14-4) at CANADIENS (24-16-3)

Last 10: Pittsburgh 4-4-2; Montreal 5-4-1

Season series: Third of four meetings this season. The Canadiens have claimed a pair of one-goal victories over the Penguins. Michael Cammalleri and Scott Gomez scored 24 seconds apart late in the third period for a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh on Oct. 9, then Benoit Pouliot scored in regulation and the shootout as part of a 2-1 victory in Montreal on Jan. 6.

Big story: They may end up as teammates or remain on opposing sides, but Marc-Andre Fleury and Carey Price are both headed to Raleigh at the end of the month for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover. Fleury was one of the six players voted in by the fans, while Price was named on Tuesday. Rosters will be picked on Jan. 28 during a fantasy draft at the Raleigh Convention Center to kick off All-Star Weekend.

Team Scope:

Penguins: Minutes away from pulling out their first win in three games this season without Sidney Crosby, it all fell apart late for Pittsburgh on Monday against Boston. Goals by Mike Rupp and Kris Letang combined with shutout goaltending from Fleury had the Penguins in control, but the Bruins needed just three-and-a-half minutes to wipe out their two goal deficit and hand the home team a stunning 4-2 defeat.

"Frustrating," Fleury said. "It was tough at the end there, there's not much time left and they kept coming at us. It's tough to let that one go."

Canadiens: He's been the forgotten man at times this season with Price showing he can shoulder a heavy workload and deliver, but Montreal backup Alex Auld was front and center Tuesday at Madison Square Garden against the team he finished last season with, the New York Rangers. He stopped 25 shots and the Canadiens got goals from Pouliot and Jaroslav Spacek to claim a 2-1 win that keeps them tied with the Bruins atop the Northeast Division. Spacek also cleared a loose puck out of the crease in front of Auld late to preserve the lead.

"I had no idea where it was," said Auld, who was playing in just his sixth game of the season. "I turned around and Spacek got his stick on it and sweeped it away. Right then I kind of knew we were meant to win the game. The bounces seemed to be going our way."

Who's hot: Letang, also voted to the All-Star Game by the fans, has 1 goal and 4 assists over his last five games for the Penguins. … James Wisniewski has 2 goals and 6 points in five games since the Canadiens acquired him from the Islanders.

Injury report: Crosby remains out for Pittsburgh with a mild concussion, while forward Arron Asham missed Monday's game due to illness but was skating on Tuesday. Forward Eric Godard (broken nose) was also out of the lineup Monday, and forward Mike Comrie (hip) is on injured reserve. … Montreal defensemen Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges are out for the season with knee injuries, while Cammalleri missed Tuesday's game due to illness.

Stat pack: Evgeni Malkin typically steps up his play in Crosby's absence, posting 25 goals and 50 points in 41 games when Sid the Kid has been out of the Penguins' lineup. … In the absence of Markov and Gorges, the ice time of young Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has been increasing. He played a season-high 26:27 against the Bruins last Saturday and 22:12 against the Rangers, just 32 seconds behind Hal Gill for the team lead among blueliners.



Courtesy of Nine1one


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HRF You always do such a good GDT

Always winners that's how it should be

Tonight we get the Birds again

The games against them are always a pain

We spend so much time in our own backyard

It's hard getting on the score card

I hate to say it but playing them is a bore

They don't generate excitement anymore

Even when there star is there

They are not a team about whom I care

But I hope our win against NY last night

Gets us in the frame of mind to do it right

We need every win that we can get

We are not for sure in the playoffs yet

But that i suppose is a formality

Co's I am as sure as I can be

We will be there I can tell

Ready to give the other teams hell

Co's we are the HABS we can play anyone

After all we are the best when all's said and done


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The Habs started the Pitt's current losing streak. Why not extend it tonight?

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thgreat_job.gif There hrf on your GDT.


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Sid not symptom-free yet, no timetable on return


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HRF You always do such a good GDT

Taught him every thing he knows. <_<


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:lol: Thanks for the laugh.(pics)

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