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Canadiens Vs. Penguins Final Score: Pittsburgh Comes Back In Third Period And Wins It In A Shootout To Keep Streak Alive

After two periods, it appeared the Pittsburgh Penguins winning streak would stop at four games on Friday night but the Pens fought back against the Montreal Canadiens in the third period on to even it at 4-4. Pittsburgh was led once again by the brilliance of No. 71, Evgeni Malkin. Geno tied it at four with less than three minutes remaining in the third, tallying goal no. 25 of the season on an assist from James Neal. That dynamic duo continues to carry the Pens through an injury-plagued winter. An incredible move by Malkin would give Pittsburgh the advantage in a shootout, and Marc-Andre Fleury would slam the door on all three of Montreal's attempts.

Fleury struggled a little bit early, giving up two goals in each of the first two periods as the Pens fell behind 4-2. But on two separate occasions, Dustin Jeffrey would cut a two-goal lead in half as he beat Carey Price for the first two goals of his season. He even beat out Malkin for the number one star of the game. Jeffrey's second goal was huge, making it a one-goal game with more than sixteen minutes remaining on the clock. The Pens would use nearly all of it before Malkin evened it up.

The Pens now welcome the rival Washington Capitals to town as they look to continue their streak in a matinee game on Sunday.

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