(Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
Max Pacioretty scored twice. Carey Price made 29 saves in another strong performance. And Tomas Plekanec’s line managed to frustrate Sidney Crosby, who leads the National Hockey League in points.
Plekanec scored in the third period and won 14 of 19 faceoffs against Crosby in the Canadiens 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
“We played a strong game as a team,” Plekanec said. “Obviously when you’re playing against the best player in the world you want to shut him down, make sure he’s not on the score sheet and that’s what we’ve done.
“Tomas was really good tonight,” said coach Michel Therrien, noting the Canadiens forward scored a big goal. But every aspect of his game is excellent, Therrien added.
“For him it’s always a challenge to go up against the best player in the National Hockey League. And he met the challenge with his line mates, whether it was Brian Gionta, at the start Daniel Brière and at the end we put Travis Moen (on the line). They did an excellent job.”
It’s the Canadiens’ third win in a row–and their second in two days after their 3-2 victory over the Capitals in Washington Friday night.
“Everybody played hard,” Price said.
“That’s not an easy two games back-to-back (against) two really, really good teams. Obviously, the travel last night was a little bit longer than normal. Our effort was great tonight.”
You can hear some of what Plekanec had to say after the game here:
And you can listen to Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban here:
You can listen to what Pacioretty had to say here:
You can listen to Price here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)