Series (Game 3 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

Penguins 5

(17-38-12, 46 pts)

Canadiens 4

(31-26-9, 71 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 18, 2006

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
PIT 3 1 15
MTL 3 1 04

M. Fleury (Penguins - G): Saves: 42, Save Pct.: .913

J. LeClair (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

R. Malone (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Pittsburgh (16-38-12) at Montreal (31-25-9) 7:00 pm EST

Pittsburgh (16-38-12) at Montreal (31-25-9) 7:00 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens are in a fight for their playoff lives.

Clinging to a one-game lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens try to avoid a third straight loss Saturday when they skate with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Montreal leads Atlanta by the slimmest of margins for the final postseason berth following a pair of defeats to Carolina and Tampa Bay - both of which the team mustered only one goal.

In Thursday's 5-1 setback to the Hurricanes, David Aebischer made his first start with the Canadiens after being acquired from Colorado at the trade deadline. Despite his 36 saves, the Canadiens still lost for the fourth time in six games.

Pittsburgh had won two straight prior to a 2-1 loss to New Jersey on Thursday in which Jani Rita scored the team's lone goal.

The Penguins have won both meetings with the Canadiens this season as rookie sensation Sidney Crosby has scored three goals in those two contests.