Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Pittsburgh leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 10th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 3rd
Game 3: Saturday, March 18th
Game 4: Sunday, March 26th

Canadiens 2

(12-3-2, 26 pts)

Penguins 3

(5-7-5, 15 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 10, 2005

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 SO T
MTL 0 1 1 02
PIT 2 0 0 13

J. Thibault (Penguins - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .938

S. Crosby (Penguins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Z. Palffy (Penguins - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Montreal (12-3-1) at Pittsburgh (4-7-5) 7:30 pm EST

Montreal (12-3-1) at Pittsburgh (4-7-5), 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will get little time to rest before hosting the Montreal Canadiens, who aim for their sixth consecutive victory when the teams meet on Thursday.

The Penguins finished a 3-2-0 road trip in poor fashion, dropping a 5-0 decision Wednesday at Atlanta.

Pittsburgh was outshot, 40-26, making things difficult for netminder Sebastien Caron, who is 0-4-0 in his career against the Canadiens.

Regardless of who starts in net for the Penguins, he will have his work cut out for him against the top road team in the Eastern Conference. Montreal enters with a 6-0-1 mark away from home.

The Canadiens have won three straight games by a 3-2 score, including Tuesday's triumph over Tampa Bay at home.

Richard Zednik notched the go-ahead tally midway through the third period and Jose Theodore made 32 saves to become the second goaltender in the NHL to reach 10 wins.

Theodore is 11-3-1 all-time against Pittsburgh, which is 3-15-2 against Montreal over the past five seasons.