Canadiens-Penguins: Kostitsyn's Scoring Flurry Leads to Montreal Win

Kevin van Steendelaar@@LeTirEtLeButAnalyst IDecember 27, 2008

Carey Price moved his career record to 3-0 against the night's opposition, but Andrei Kostitsyn stole the show with his first career hat-trick, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Saturday night.
Kostitsyn missed the last two games with a leg injury and had struggled thus far in the season, with only six goals this season prior to tonight.
But tonight, Kostitsyn was firing on all cylinders. Opening the scoring just past the first minute mark, he added his second of the night with just two seconds left in the period.
Pascal Dupuis scored one in between when a shot took a peculiar bounce off the boards and deflected off Price's pad.
Sidney Crosby tied the game for Pittsburgh on a beautiful wrap around in the second period.
Kostitsyn then scored the game winner in the third, unassisted.
As good as a game that Kostitsyn had offensively, Carey Price was equally brilliant between the pipes for the Canadiens. Facing 34 Penguin shots, 17 of them coming in the third period. He made some impossible saves look easy.
"I felt pretty good," Price said after the game. "The guys kept things to the outside and that made my job easier."
Making Price's job easier was exactly what the Canadiens did defensively, blocking 24 Penguin shots and shutting down Pittsburgh's power play on five attempts.
Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury, who is in a voting battle with Price for this year's Eastern Conference All-Star Team, faced 19 Canadiens shots.