• At a Glance: The Pittsburgh Penguins spoiled a milestone night for one their former players, defeating the Canadiens 3-1 on a night when Hal Gill played his 1,000th NHL game.
Even without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins make it look painfully easy against the Canadiens.
In the first period, James Neal scored 8:55 into the period when his shot went off the post to Carey Price’s right before going off the goaltender and into the net.
Early in the second period, Joe Vitale redirected a shot from the point that went over Price’s glove to give the Penguins a two-goal edge.
Former Canadien Arron Asham, playing in his 700th NHL game, made it 3-0 Pittsburgh 5:20 into the third period when he batted a puck out of mid-air.
Canadiens captain Brian Gionta scored with 1:36 to play to spoil the shutout bid by Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury.
• Keys moments: Scott Gomez left the game early in the first period with what is being called an upper-body injury.
• What It Means: Montreal has lost its last four games and falls to 1-4-1 on the season.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens are home Saturday to take on the Maple Leafs, before welcoming the Florida Panthers on Monday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.