Pens make it look easy against Canadiens

 

 
 
 
 
Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins scores past Carey Price of the Canadiens in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
 
 

Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins scores past Carey Price of the Canadiens in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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PITTSBURGH — Jussi Jokinen scored twice and superstars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby each had a goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the Canadiens 5-1 Wednesday at the Consol Energy Center. Montreal won the opening match in the season series at the Bell Centre on Nov. 23, but that was when the Canadiens were playing their best hockey of the season.

Jumping ahead: The Penguins opened the scoring at 8:48 of the first period when the Canadiens failed to clear the puck and that resulted in a 2-on-1 rush with Malkin setting up Jokinen for an easy goal. Pittsburgh went up 2-0 on the power play at 16:28 when Taylor Pyatt tipped Matt Niskanen’s shot from the blue line. Carey Price got his glove on the deflection but he couldn’t hold on to it.

Breaking away: The Penguins added three more goals and Michel Therrien did Price a favour by replacing him with Peter Budaj at 15:03 of the second. Jokinen scored his second goal of the game at 5:56 when his shot took a crazy bounce off Josh Gorges’s skate. Crosby made it 4-1 when he redirected Kris Letang’s shot from the blue line on a power play. Malkin ended Price’s net when he went around Andrei Markov and tried to jam the puck past Price. The goalie made the save but Malkin stuck with it and scored on the rebound.

Specialty items: The Penguins are No. 1 in the NHL on the power play and on the penalty kill and they improved their record in both areas. The Penguins were 2-for-5 on the power play and killed off the three Montreal power plays.

Break for Bourque: Things haven’t been going Rene Bourque’s way over the past month but a video review allowed him to end a 13-game point drought. Bourque took a pass from Daniel Brière and lifted a puck over Marc-André Fleury’s blocker at 17:40 of the first period, but referee François St. Laurent waved off the goal and play continued. When play was stopped 40 seconds later, the play was reviewed in Toronto and the replay showed the puck hitting the net camera and bouncing out.

Useless stat of the night: Price became the first Canadiens’ goaltender to give up four goals in five consecutive road games since Paul Bibeau was lit up during the 1942-43 season.

Useless action of the night: A scrum in front of the net led to a lot of pushing and shoving but the nonsense reached the ridiculous stage when goaltenders Budaj and Fleury left their creases. They were restrained by the linemen before they had a chance to embarrass themselves by fighting.

What’s next: The Canadiens are in Detroit to play the Red Wings Friday (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN-690 Radio) and return home Saturday to face the Washington Capitals.

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Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins scores past Carey Price of the Canadiens in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
 

Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins scores past Carey Price of the Canadiens in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Photograph by: Justin K. Aller, Getty Images

 
Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins scores past Carey Price of the Canadiens in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) gets around Montreal Canadiens’ Andrei Markov before putting the puck past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price for a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Nathan Beaulieu (#40) of the Montreal Canadiens and Tanner Glass (#15) of the Pittsburgh Penguins battle along the boards during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Carey Price (#31) of the Montreal Canadiens makes a save on Sidney Crosby (#87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Nathan Beaulieu (#40) of the Montreal Canadiens and Tanner Glass (#15) of the Pittsburgh Penguins battle along the boards during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
James Neal (#18) of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) leaves the game and is replaced by Peter Budaj (30) in second period of an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Kris Letang (#58) of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot on goal against Francis Bouillon (#55) of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Evgeni Malkin (#71) of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores past Carey Price (#31) of the Montreal Canadiens in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Evgeni Malkin (#71) of the Pittsburgh Penguins pokes the puck from Daniel Briere (#48) of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sidney Crosby (#87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a face-off against the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban collides with Pittsburgh Penguins’ Chris Kunitz (14) in the second period of an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Sidney Crosby (#87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck against Andrei Markov (#79) of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Montreal Canadiens’ Rene Bourque (17) deflects a shot by Daniel Briere past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) in the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Sidney Crosby (#87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot on goal against Carey Price (#31) of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jussi Jokinen (#36) of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his first-period goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) skates past Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Gorges (26) after getting the puck behind Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) for a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game between the Penguins and the Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Carey Price (#31) of the Montreal Canadiens makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Carey Price (#31) of the Montreal Canadiens reacts after Taylor Pyatt (#17) of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his tip-in goal in the first period during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sidney Crosby (#87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his tip-in goal in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Taylor Pyatt (#17) of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his tip-in goal against Carey Price (#31) of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jussi Jokinen (36) celebrates his goal with Evgeni Malkin (71) in the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Paul Martin (#7) of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Travis Moen (#32) of the Montreal Canadiens battle along the boards during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty (67) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang (58) in the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Evgeni Malkin (#71) of the Pittsburgh Penguins is slashed by Tomas Plekanec (#14) of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Evgeni Malkin (#71) of the Pittsburgh Penguins reaches for a puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Carey Price (#31) of the Montreal Canadiens reacts after a goal by Sidney Crosby (#87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
P.K. Subban (#76) of the Montreal Canadiens trips Chris Kunitz (#14) of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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