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Penguins Vs. Canadiens: Sidney Crosby Sits, And Pens Come Up Short In Shootout

With Sidney Crosby out with a concussion, the Penguins were a bit shorthanded in Thursday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens. Arron Asham managed to score in the first few minutes of the game to give the Pens an early lead, but the Canadiens answered with a goal by Benoit Pouliot in the second period.

The scoring stayed that way until the shootout, which was a duel between goalies Brent Johnson and Carey Price. Both teams missed their first four opportunities, but Pouliot caught Johnson completely off guard, and Johnson slid in completely the wrong direction and allowed Pouliot an easy backhand tap. Price saved Chris Kunitz' attempt, and the game was over, with the Canadiens winning 2-1. Johnson registered 22 saves on the day; Price had 31.

For Wednesday and Thursday nights' games, the Pens finished with a combined score of 9-3, including the 8-1 blowout of the Lightning, so it's a shame they couldn't pull out two wins, but at least they got one point against a tough and well-rested opponent on the road.

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