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Pacioretty's 2 goals lift Canadiens over Penguins

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm •  Published: November 23, 2013
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MONTREAL (AP) — Tomas Plekanec had no problem shutting down Sidney Crosby.

Plekanec was matched up with Crosby and kept the Penguins captain without a point in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

"You want to make sure he's not on the score sheet, and that's what we've done," Plekanec said. "When he's not on his game, when the game doesn't go his way, he's frustrated.

"That's what you want to accomplish. We wanted to get under his skin and make sure he wasn't on his game. When Crosby's slashing guys, jumping guys, you know he's off his game."

Crosby recorded four shots, but was a minus-1 and won only 22 percent of faceoffs.

Plekanec said Crosby trash-talked all game long.

"He was talking all the time," he said. "I didn't say anything. I was just listening. I'm a good listener."

Unlike Crosby, the Czech forward scored his seventh goal and won 16 of 21 faceoffs.

"Every aspect of his game was excellent," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said of Plekanec. "He's a smart player. He's playing the right way. He's always in a good position on the ice. He's doing a lot of good things. I'm confident putting guys like that on the ice.

"It's always a challenge to face the league's best player, but he was up for the challenge."

Max Pacioretty scored two goals to help the Canadiens (13-9-2) stretch their winning streak to three. Carey Price made 29 saves, including a big stop against Crosby in the first period.

"When you make a couple of stops early, it definitely helps you get comfortable," said Price, who has a 2.05 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage. "We're just trying to get a win. In order to do that, we have to play well against (Crosby).

"But they have a lot of other guys who can put the puck in the net."

James Neal had a pair of goals in the third period for the Penguins (15-9-0), and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots.

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