Penguins win fifth consecutive game with 6-4 victory over Canadiens
April 18, 2013 2:00 AM
The Penguins' Pascal Dupuis celebrates a goal by Brenden Morrow in the first period against Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins won their fifth game in a row, 6-4, against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins played a strong first period and scored three goals on just nine shots against Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj.
Brandon Sutter gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a shot from above the left dot that sailed past Budaj's glove. The teams were skating four skaters aside.
The Penguins took a 2-0 lead 2:06 later when Brenden Morrow scored from a similar spot after Pascal Dupuis got the puck through the slot. The assist gave Dupuis a season-best six-game points streak.
Jarome Iginla smacked in a pass through the slot from Chris Kunitz during a Penguins power play to make it 3-0 with 21 seconds left in the opening period. It was Iginla's 1,100th point, making him the 58th NHL player to reach that milestone.
Carey Price replaced Budaj in goal for the start of the third period.
Morrow scored his second goal of the game, a tap-in on a two-on-one with Beau Bennett, to give the Penguins a 4-0 lead at 4:07 of the second period
The Canadiens got their first goal when Brian Gionta, crashing the net, converted a feed from behind the net by Brandon Prust, making it 4-1 at 7:32 of the second period.
Sutter restored the Penguins' four-goal cushion at 10:30 of the second period when he scored on a rebound of a Morrow shot during a power play, making it 5-1.
Alex Galchenyuk lifted the puck past Fleury from in close to pull Montreal to within 5-2 at 17:35 of the second period.
The Canadiens pulled to within 5-3 at 4:09 of the third period when Gabriel Dumont whipped the puck past Fleury.
Douglas Murray got his first goal with the Penguins and first in 147 games -- since Dec. 10, 2010 -- on a shot from the right points through a cluster of bodies to make it 6-3.
Andre Markov added a goal for Montreal with 10.4 seconds left.