The Montreal Canadiens hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre tonight.
The Penguin are handicapped with the loss of the franchise player, Sidney Crosby, to a high ankle sprain injury suffered yesterday.
News of Crosby missing several weeks was a crushing blow to the team.
The Canadiens’ offense has a hard time at home since the start of the season, and tonight was no different.
Penguins’ goaltender Dany Sabourin was perfect as he stopped all 31 shots.
Montreal’s record at home is among the worse in the league for a reason. The team is trying to score fancy goals at home too often and is wasting great scoring chances.
The Habs scored only one goal on the power play in the last four games, also trying to score highlight reel goals.
The solution is without any doubt within the team. The Canadiens are not trying to please anyone away from the Bell Centre and therefore win more games on the road.
The winning goal of the game was scored during the first period of the game. Georges Laraque protected the puck with his body behind Christobal Huet’s net, and then sent the puck to Jeff Taffe for the goal.
Evgeni Malkin scored an insurance goal during the last minute of the game.
Final score: Pittsburgh Penguins 2 - Montreal Canadiens 0.
The Penguins also lost Colby Armstrong during tonight’s game as he went sliding into the boards.
The hurt Penguins played a solid defensive game. They clearly focused on team defense and intensity on each and every shift.
With Crosby out for several weeks, the Penguins will need the contribution from every player to keep the pace with the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference.
The streaking Boston Bruins will visit the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Montreal has won the last eight games versus Boston.
(Picture: Georges Laraque, Getty images.)