Game 69: Canadiens chase Fleury, blank Pens

Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec scores the game’s first goal on Penguins’ Marc-André Fleury on Saturday afternoon. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

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AUDIO: Mike Cammalleri | Carey Price | Scott Gomez | Travis Moen | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: A pair of fast goals in the first and second periods were enough to lead the Canadiens to a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon. Tomas Plekanec scored his 21st of the season only 46 seconds into the game. Off a faceoff, Michael Cammalleri fed a pass to Plekanec, who turned his back to Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury, avoided his pokecheck and lifted a backhand over Fleury’s shoulder. It was more of the same in the second period, with Travis Moen scoring his fourth goal of the season only 24 seconds into the period. He accepted a pass from Brian Gionta and fired a one-timer past Fleury, who was caught going the other way. Jeff Halpern set up Michael Cammalleri’s 16th goal of the season when he waited out a Penguins defenceman and slid a pass to Cammalleri, who beat Fleury from about five feet above the crease. That was the end for Fleury, who was replaced by Brent Johnson after the goal. Carey Price made 26 saves for his 33rd win and eighth shutout of the season.

• What It Means: Montreal has won six of its last seven games and improves to 37-24-7 on the season, good for 83 points and sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are home to the Capitals on Tuesday and the Lightning on Thursday before hitting the road for a game against the Rangers in New York next Friday.


  1. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’d agree with Gainey for sure.

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Do you think Bettman will show up at the game Tuesday night in Montreal?

    Listen to this,–

  3. novahab says:

    If Bettman was to go it won’t be any hockey person running the league. It will be another high power lawyer with a sports back ground. Bottom line Bettman has a new 38 mil contract and ink is not dry yet. He isn’t going any wheres unless he steps down. The way to get rid of Bettman and cost the league and owners nothing is to have the FBI investigate him. One has to wonder if he has any shady deaings going on behind the scenes. Just the threat of an investigation might be enough for him to fold up shop and run.

  4. HardHabits says:

    Never. Chara is an abomination. I wouldn’t trade a bag of pucks for that sack of Slovakian cow excrement.

  5. CHsam says:

    The guy wouldn’t be able to walk through the streets of Montreal alive even if he was Hab

  6. mike g says:

    Anyone else think Cammy should play with Gomez and Gionta?

    He’s been playing with Pleks all year and hasn’t hit 15 goals yet. And I’ve been watching him since he came back, and I think he’s gotten a pass from Pleks in the offensive zone 3 times in 10 games. Cammy can’t continue to be this useless. And I think having Gomez drop him the puck and shoot from the top of the circle with Gionta crashing the net would be nice.

    Pleks can play with Halpern and Benny, for example.

    Anyways, I’m saying this because both lines are stalled right now, and maybe switching Cammy to a line with some vets would be a boost.

    All I know is we can’t have Mike at 6 mill per year scoring a goal every 7 games.


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  7. geo_habsgo says:

    Yep i can see Burke doing the job admirably. I know I hate him as Leafs Gm and his damn big mouth but a commish needs a big mouth. At least it can be said that he loves the sport and I think he has enough integrity not to let big stuff like this fall by the wayside. That being said, Gainey would also be a good commish, as others have stated.

  8. SPATS says:

    Agree or Disagree…

    Imagine if Max Pac and Chara played for the opposite teams… A foreign born hulk (born behind the iron curtain) who plays for the sissy ass french team from Montreal has clearly head hunted a local all american hero from connecticut in the Gahden… Imagine the outrage and name calling (as I’ve stated in my example) Any buddy else want to throw in their description? The hypocrisy should be laughable were it not so tragic.

    Can’t wait to hear Milbury and Cherry. Can’t f*****g wait!

  9. BJ says:

    I don’t trust that miniature weasel either. Anyone with as little common sense for the game and apparently only interested in the “power” he thinks it affords him should be disposed of. One thing I find highly suspicious is the relationship Bettman has with the Boston Bruins owner. Also how the imbecile NESN broadcaster Jack Edwards clearly spelled out during a broadcast following the incidents Chara-Pacioretty after the OT incident. I’m paraphrasing here but along the lines of “Number 67 Pacioretty is now a target and we’ll take his head off”!!! I’m pro Habs and favour a partisan broadcast but not over the top. Its a disgrace to the players, fans and the sport. All this to say that the Bettman, Jeremy Jacobs-Bruins, NESN cocktail could be looked into, as the Chara decision is not only brain-dead but deceitful.

  10. Bob_Sacamano says:


  11. Ton says:


    I am disturbed at the fact that a former players makes a hockey expert! Rubbish, its really about employment, this guy works for Boston and the CBC!!  Firstly and mostly all hockey plays are over with in a second, a hit, a goal amongst some of them.  No mention of the puck and where it was. Folks if the puck is not in the vicinity of the play its an ilegal play for heavens sake.  He impeded with his forward movement, interpherence!!!!!!!!!!!! hence the major penalty and match penalty for intent.

    Granted it took a second, but in that second his hands were high in the head area, ilegal. Nothing wrong with his pivot if there was one Mikey Milbury, it must have  looked wonderful and pretty in your dreams! Just that it didn’t need to happen for the puck was not there. Simply put the correct play was for him to skate side by side with him without any contact. Why can’t the hockey experts touch on these points!!

  12. novahab says:

    This could be Cherry’s last song and dance if he shoots his mouth off that the hit was good. There are a lot of politicains under the heat and a election looming. CBC still has to answer to the govermment and I am betting he keeps his mouth shut or will say very little about it.

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