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Oct. 11, 2007

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With seemingly every other media outlet in North America using a "Price Is Right" or "Paying the Price" headline, we're going to refrain from being unoriginal.

(Edit: EN reader Ann Vrabel has suggested "Habs' goalie Careys team to win." If we had any money, we'd hire Ann as the official EN headline writer.)

PREGAME

-While being interviewed by Dan Potash, Petr Sykora looks like he has bed head.

-Someone get Carey Price a painted helmet.

-Bob Errey sounds like he has a cold or something.

FIRST PERIOD

19:07: Sidney Crosby backhands a pass from behind the net to Mark Recchi in the crease. Recchi tries to snap it past Price but can't beat the rookie goaltender who passes his first big test.

18:17: Mark Eaton comes up with two fine defensive plays. First he pokes a puck off the stick of Christopher Higgins and denies him a shooting opportunity. Second, he drops to his knees and blocks a shot by Michael Ryder.

16:42: A shot of the crowd shows a lot of empty seats behind the Penguins net.

11:54: References to the California Seals are always welcomed and encouraged.

8:34: Ryder, who is has a heck of a shot, unleashes a wicked wrister on net and Fleury blocks it away.

8:03: Erik Christensen comes down with a two-on-one, but squanders the opportunity and fails to get a shot off.

6:35: Mike Komisarek slashes Sidney Crosby and is sent to the penalty box.

6:04: Evgeni Malkin unleashes a one-timer from Sergei Gonchar, but Price is able to absorb the shot and freeze the puck.

4:26: The Habs kill the penalty and get a three-on-two down the ice. Kyle Chipchura snaps a shot on net and Fleury is there with the save.

4:10: Brooks Orpik blocks a shot by Alexei Kovalev and pays the price. He hobbles to the bench.

2:42: Ryder wrestles Crosby down to the ice. No call.

0:35: Crosby tries to shoot a rebound home, but Price is there with his blocker for a huge save.

0:00: End of period. Yawn. Canadiens 0, Penguins 0.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-That wasn't exactly the most exciting 20 minutes of hockey in the world. The most interesting thing to happen that period was the California Seals reference.

-Crosby doesn't appear to be having any issues with his injured foot. He's been flying tonight so far.

-Darryl Sydor makes a Kelly Hrudey reference. Solid.

-Nice little story by Potash on the Penguins first game 40 years ago. Jack Riley stories are always good.

-Georges Laraque's cornrows look awesome.

-Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is at the game and he looks like he's going to hit Matrix after the game.

SECOND PERIOD

18:18: Gary Robertd takes a slapshot from the left side, but Price is there to stop it low.

16:42: Komisarek draws his second penalty of the game for hooking.

16:31: Ryan Whitney negates the power play by taking a penalty. It's a questionable call. Four-on-four.

16:05: How did Montreal not score? Roman Hamrlik takes a shot from the point and Fleury saves it. The puck bounces off Eaton and he clears it out of the crease. Koivu takes a pass to the left of the net, but Fleury is able to recover and deflect the shot away. Christopher Higgins tries to bat the rebound down, but shoots wide of the net. Higgins gets another chance on a redirect in the crease, but Fleury eats it up.

15:09: Malkin comes down the right side and feeds a Sydor who is streaking down the crease. He goes high with a wrister and Price is there to make a save with his shoulder.

13:47: Crosby parts two Montreal defenders and gets a shot off, but Price is there with another save.

13:25: Andrei Markov dumps Crosby in the crease and is sent to the box.

12:52: Crosby takes the puck into the crease and is denied by Price who is knocked down. Whitney pounces on the rebound and gets the garbage goal. Penguins 1-0.

12:09: Working off the cycle, Jordan Staal makes a backhanded pass into the crease to Adam Hall, who is denied by a spectacular save by Price.

11:54: The Penguins are driving towards the net and drawing penalties. Josh Gorges gets whistled this time for dragging down Ryan Malone.

11:32: Price looks like he tried to exaggerate some possible contact in the crease and flops to the ice as if he were shot. Ray Emery and Dominik Hasek would be proud.

9:08: Tomas Plekanec blasts a slapper and Rob Scuderi blocks. On the bench, Scuderi looks as if he has a collapsed lung.

6:53: On the power play, Plekanec takes a cross-ice pass and blasts a slapper by Fleury. Candiens 1, Penguins 1.

6:12: Paul Steigerwald sounds as if he's way too eager to say, "Kyle Chipchura."

3:00: Vintage Kovalev. He comes down the right side and snaps a sick wrister that finds its way through Fleury's equipment. Canadiens 2-1.

1:33: Komisarek and Maxime Talbot wrestle each other to the ice and nothing is called.

0:40: Price plays the puck behind his net, but has a miscommunication with his defensemen. Crosby is Johnny-on-the-spot and tries to jam it in for a goal. Price is able to recover and makes a nice save with his left leg.

0:00: End of Period. Canadiens 2, Penguins 1.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-How about Paul Alexander trying to act cool by calling Atlanta the "ATL?" Lil' Jon not impressed.

-Michel Therrien seems to have permanently upgraded his wardrobe. He's wearing another pretty nice suit. Unlike us, he doesn't seem to just have one suit for things like wedding or funerals.

THIRD PERIOD

19:40: Crosby comes down the left side and fires a shot that Price stops. Komisarek trips up Crosby and sends him crashing into the boards hard. Crosby bounces up and seems fine.

17:09: Fleury kicks out a rebound of a shot by Michael Ryder and Markov is able to pound it home for a goal. Sloppy rebound by Fleury. Canadiens 3-1.

16:12: The Penguins respond almost immediately. Malkin makes a sick back-handed pass from behind the net to Maxime Talbot who snaps a one-timer past a helpless Price. Canadiens 3-2.

16:02: Guillaume Latendresse flys down the left side and sends a pass to the crease. Bryan Smolinksi fires a shot but Fleury comes up with a big toe save.

11:46: On the backcheck, Gary Roberts flattens Andrei Koststitsyn. The dazed Habs forward lies in the corner and checks his mouth for his teeth.

5:12: Crosby can be seen asking for new gloves from some of the Penguins training personel. Hmm. We wonder if the Reebok Reebok Edge-Super-Duper-Mega-Ultra-Awesome-Humungo-Women-Will-Want-You Uniform System jerseys are still having issued with sweat.

3:09: Orpik bombs a slapper from the point and Price kicks it out. Crosby gets the rebound in the crease but it hits a skate and deflects away.

1:03: Fleury is pulled in favor of an extra attacker.

0:47: Malkin tries to split the Montreal defense, gets tripped up by Komisarek and slides into the Montreal net dislodging it. Michel Therrien calls a timeout.

0:00: End of period. Canadiens 3, Penguins 2.

POSTGAME

-That was a pretty bland game in most respects. There was very little in the way of scrums or confrontations. That's surprising considering how these teams were seemingly at each other necks a lot last season and this preseason.

-Carey Price looked like the real deal.

-Montreal out-shot the Penguins 35-28.

-The attendance was short of a standing room sellout at 17,006.

-Dave Molinari's recap. Michel Therrien wasn't happy.

-Box score.

-Highlights:

WEDNESDAY'S ASSAULT IN THE NHL BROUGHT TO YOU BY PHILADELPHIA

In an 8-2 blowout of the Canucks, Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice cross-checked Vancouver defenseman Ryan Kesler in the face.

(Kudos to Kukla's Korner for spotting the video.)

Why a player like Boulerice has a job in the NHL is beyond us. He has a whopping 10 career points in 167 career games. We have a feeling that NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell will deny us the pleasure of Boulerice's "talents" for at least 10 games.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-The Hockey News is reporting the Penguins will likely face the Senators in a season opening series in Prague next season. Plus the schedule will be more compressed.

-Happy Birthday Penguins.

-Penguins prospect Tyler Kennedy was named AHL player of the week.

-Someone found the video the Penguins played before the home-opener Saturday:

Quality stuff.

Atlantic Division

-The Devils are shopping defenseman Richard Matvichuk.

-Defenseman Bryan Berard, who was signed to a contract Tuesday, led the Islanders to a 2-1 defeat of the Rangers Wednesday. Islanders forward Jon Sim, a former Penguin, missed the game with a knee injury.

-Hillary Duff was at the Islanders game. Duff and Islanders center Mike Comrie are an item.

Northeast Division

-The Senators are off to a 5-0-0 start after a 3-1 defeat of the Thrashers.

-Bruins center Marc Savard was out of the lineup due to a groin injury and missed a 2-1 loss at Anaheim last night.

-After giving up nine goals in their first two games, the Sabres concentrated on defense in practice.

Southeast Division

-Kid Rock got a ring when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006 mainliy because he's buddies with the owner. So if the Penguins win the Cup, does that mean Marc Bergevin will get a ring?

-Thrashers forward Marian Hossa missed Wednesday's game against Ottawa with a groin injury.

Central Division

-Former Penguins defenseman Micki DuPont was called up from the AHL by the Blues for about the 14th time this season. He is replacing rookie defenseman Erik Johnson who is out of the lineup indefinitely with a broken foot.

-The announced attendance for Wednesday's Coyotes-Blue Jackets game in Columbus was 11,944. Granted, a Coyotes-Blue Jackets game isn't exactly the most entertaining fray in the NHL, but this is surprising. By the looks of things, seats are fairly affordable.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks raised their championship banners. Quasi-retired players Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne were on hand. The chant of, "One More Year!" could be heard.

-The champions also got their rings.

-Stars backup goaltender Mike Smith was placed on injured reserve after being injured by teammate Jeff Halpern.

Campbell Conference

-NHL replays will be clearer this season. The NHL is installing high-definition television cameras above every net this season for the purpose of improving video reviews.

-Former Blues defenseman Rob Ramage was found guilty in the driving death of former Blackhawks defenseman Keith Magnuson.

-Inside College Hockey ranked all 59 NCAA Division I men's teams. Robert Morris is No. 38 while Mercyhurst is No. 48.



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