MONTREAL -- The Penguins, playing with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup, fell to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3, in a preseason game tonight at Bell Centre.
Montreal's Brian Gionta got the only goal of the first period when he repeatedly whacked at the puck from the left edge of the crease and finally got it past goaltender John Curry at 18:12.
The Penguins tied it, 1-1, at 3:27 of the second period on Sergei Gonchar's foot-high blast and, 4:01 later, took a 2-1 lead when Malkin flipped the puck past goaltender Carey Price from near the right dot.
Gionta and Scott Gomez worked a give-and-go that produced a shorthanded goal by Gomez at 1:40 of the third period to tie the game, 2-2, and Guilliaume Latendresse popped in a rebound to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead at 7:22 of the third period.
Gionta's second goal of the game, at 9:47 of the third period, made it 4-2.
Bill Guerin scored a power-play goal at 16:46 of the third period to draw the Penguins to within 4-3.
The Penguins' next preseason game is tomorrow night in Toronto.
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