Canadiens’ Benoit Pouliot scores winning goal on Penguins’ Brent
Johnson during the shootout last night at the Bell Centre. John Kenney, The Gazette
• At a Glance: For the first time this season, the Canadiens went to a shootout and the result was a 2-1 win against the Penguins, who were playing without superstar Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke. Benoit Pouliot scored a Peter Forsberg-ian goal in the shootout to seal the win after Michael Cammalleri, P.K. Subban, Brian Gionta and Andrei Kostitsyn couldn’t. failed to score in the shootout. For the Penguins, Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, Evgeni Malkin, Mark Letestu and Chris Kunitz were stopped by Carey Price. It was a pretty even game through 65 minutes, but the Penguins outshot the Canadiens 32-23. Former Canadien Aaron Asham opened the scoring 2:14 into the game when he gathered a rebound and fired it past Price. Benoit Pouliot got the Canadiens back into the game 12:28 into the second period when he took advantage of Mathieu Darche distracting Brent Johnson and fired a shot from the faceoff circle over Johnson’s shoulder. Price finished with 31 saves, while Johnson, filling in for Marc-André Fleury, made 22 saves.
• Key Moments: The Canadiens failed to score during a lengthy 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period, with the Penguins taking three straight penalties.
• What It Means: Montreal improves to 22-16-3 and now has 47 points, one behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division and five ahead of the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes. Both teams have two games in hand.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens receive a visit from the Boston Bruins before a visit to the Big Apple to take on the Rangers on Tuesday night.