Briefly a game
After 20 minutes, the Penguins led 2-1 and it was a hockey game.
Then it wasn't.
Three unanswered goals in the second period chased Carey Price and sealed the deal.
The Penguins got two goals from Jussi Jokinen and singles by Sidney Crosby, Taylor Pyatt and the dominant Evgeni Malkin.
Fresh from his penance in the pressbox, Rene Bourque scored for the Canadiens.
Carey Price was beaten five times on 21 shots.
Peter Budaj stopped all 10 he faced.
The Canadiens had 24 shots on Marc-André Fleury
20 minutes of Garbage Time
At least we were spared a goalie fight.
Carey Price was done 15 minutes into the period, after Evgeni Malkin breezed past Andrei Markov and tucked in Pittsburgh's fifth goal.
Jussi Jokinene and Sisney Crosby – on exquisite power-play passing – also scored for the home team.
Price surrendered five goals on 21 shots.
Pittsburgh had a 14-7 shot advantage.
Bourque bounces back
Exiled to the pressbox for a game, Rene Bourque played a strong first period and tapped home a Daniel Briere pass to reduce the Penguins' lead to one goal.
Bourque's first road POINT of the season required a video review.
Jussi Jokinen had opened the scoring after Evgeni Malkin skated past Andrei Markov and set up his linemate for an easy one.
The Penguins made it 2-0 when Taylor Pyatt, parked on the lip on Carey Price's crease, redirected a power-play point shot by Matt Niskanen.
Shots were 9-7 for the home team.
The Canadiens will begin the second period on a power play.
Sounds like a disaster movie, set in Antarctica.
This one, however, will unfold at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, where the Penguin's are still smarting from a 5-1 thumping at the unlikely hands of Florida Monday night.
The loss snapped a franchise-record home-ice winning streak that had hit 13 games before the Panthers hit town.
Sidney Crosby and friends will be looking to revive their winning ways against a Canadiens team that is playing .500 hockey and is tied, at 59 points, with the surging Leafs, who won their sixth straight in Colorado Tuesday night.
Two first-round draft choices – Louis Leblanc (18th overall in 2009) and Nathan Beaulieu (17th in 2011) – are expected to be in the Canadiens' lineup. Alexei Emelin and Raphael Diaz are healthy scratches.