Habs can’t score on the one-legged Penguin.
The Montreal Canadiens hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell centre tonight.
The Penguin is now forced to walk with only on one leg with the loss of the franchise player, Sidney Crosby, to a high ankle sprain injury suffered yesterday. Crosby is expected to miss several weeks, a crushing blow for the team.
The Canadiens’ offense has a hard time at home since the start of the 07-08 season. Tonight, Penguins’ goaltender Dany Sabourin was perfect as he stopped the 31 shots sent towards his net.
The team record at home for Montreal is among the worse in the league. The team is trying to score the picture perfect goal at home too much 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 team is not trying to please anyone away from the Bell centre and wins more games doing so.
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, 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 8 teams of the Eastern Conference.
The streaking Boston Bruins will visit the Canadiens on tuesday. Montreal won the last eight games versus Boston.
(Picture: Georges Laraque, Getty images.)