Bandwagon hits pothole in Canadiens’ ugly loss to Pens

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The Canadiens, 3-2 overtime winners Monday in their dare we say inspiring exhibition-season opener, were not the same team in lineup, effort or on the scoreboard tonight, 5-2 losers to the same (but different) Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre.

It wasn’t the kind of night hoped for by highly touted goaltending prospect Carey Price, who made a few brilliant stops but yielded three goals on 17 shots in the Canadiens net. But then, he didn’t have a lot of help. Fellow goalie Jaroslav Halak surrendered two goals on 10 shots.

Newly arrived free agent Bryan Smolinski and captain Saku Koivu (shorthanded) had Montreal’s goals. The Habs are off to Moncton, N.B., Wednesday night to play the New York Islanders in the Canadiens’ third exhibition game in as many nights.

Read all about tonight’s loss, if you have the stomach, by clicking on the links above.


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