Friday, April 30, 2010

Habs vs Penguins: A look back at the regular season


The Pittsburgh Penguins won the regular season matchup by a 3-1 margin. One of the problems looking at that statistic is that not one of those games came with a solid lineup that Montreal managed to field (save Jaro Spacek) in round one of the playoffs.

Three games game prior to Christmas, when the Canadiens were at the peak of their injury problems. Back then there were names like D’Agostini, Chipchura, Leach and White on the roster.

The Canadiens did manage their single win without the likes of Mike Cammalleri, but it was also the fist game that they faced the Penguins with a near-completely healthy defensive corps.

Here’s a look back a the four games, with a brief video recap included for each. You can hit the Boxscores/Stats links for more info via, including more detailed video links.

October 28 at Pittsburgh: The Penguins put out a Stanley Cup peformance with a 6-1 win.

Jaroslav Halak, who had a four-game winning streak entering the ame,  was chased after allowing four goals on 23 shots in two period. Many felt the team fell flat in front of their goaltender.

Notable injuries: Ryan O’Byrne and Andrei Markov

Game Boxscore and Stats from

November 25 at Pittsburgh: The Canadiens only managed 17 shots and fell 3-1 to the Penguins. Carey Price made 27 saves.

Notable Habs injuries: Andre markov, Hal Gill, Scott Gomez, Jaroslav Spacek, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Gionta. Andrei Kostitsyn did not play, but may have been a healthy scratch.

Boxscore and Stats


December 10 at Montreal: Pittsburgh wins 3-2 on a goal from Pascal Dupuis at 13:21 of the third period. The Penguins fired 41 shots at Carey Price.

Notable Habs injuries: Andrei Markov and Brian Gionta.

Boxscore and Stats


February 5 at Montreal: Montreal wins 5-3 thanks to a pair of goals from Brian Gionta. The Canadiens chased Marc-Andre Fleury from the Penguins goal early in the third period, after their fourth goal.

Jaroslav Halak got the win, making 18 saves on 21 shots faced. Not one Penguins shot came off the stick of Sidney Corsby.

Notable Habs injuries included Mike Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot.

Boxscore and Stats


The Crosby Factor

A look at Sidney Crosby’s stats in the four games against the Canadiens.

  Goals Assists Points +/- Shots TOI
Oct 28 3 0 3 3 9 19:55
Nov 25 1 1 2 2 2 18:48
Dec 10 0 0 0 1 2 24:07
Feb 5 0 1 1 -2 0 20:51


Habs/Pens Playoff Schedule



Sara said...

How's this for some humour.... Carey Price to start in Game 1.

Vihsadas said...

So basically, Sidney Crosby needs to be shut down... hm.