MONTREAL (AP) -- Sidney Crosby is one of those rare players who
elevates the play of everyone around him.
Crosby set up the winning goal as Andre Roy scored his second of
the season in the third period, despite misfiring on his shot, to
lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 win over the Montreal
Canadiens on Saturday night.
With the score tied at 4, Roy took a pass from Crosby on a
2-on-1 and drove in on Canadiens goalie David Aebischer. The
Penguins' forward completely fanned on his shot, but the puck's
forward momentum carried it under Aebischer's right pad and into
the net to give Pittsburgh its second and final lead of the game.
"I just went on the ice and drove the net," Roy said.
"Sidney's a great player and he sees the ice really well and he
happened to feed me there. I don't know if I was hooked but I tried
to go back and it seemed like I slipped and it slid between his
legs so it was kind of lucky, but I'll take it."
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 42 shots, including 18 in the second
as Montreal outshot Pittsburgh 19-5 in the period and 46-23
"Marc's kept us in so many games, this one was no different,"
Crosby said. "He did a great job and really kept us alive so it's
nice to get the two points for him, too."
John Leclair had three points in the first for the Penguins, who
have won each of their three games this season against the
Montreal remained eighth in the Eastern Conference with 71
points, one ahead of ninth-place Atlanta, which lost 4-2 to
LeClair set up goals by Eric Boguniecki and Ryan Malone early in
the first as the Penguins took a 2-0 lead 5:27 in. Ryan Whitney,
who assisted on Malone's goal, scored his third of the season in
the second to tie it at 4.
Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray scored the first of his two
power-play goals in the game 16:23 into the first after Jan Bulis
and Garth Murray scored for Montreal as the teams combined for six
goals in the opening period, including LeClair's 16th with 22.4
seconds remaining that tied it at 3.
Fleury, a native of nearby Sorel, came up with several big saves
in the second, including a spectacular butterfly stop on Chris
Higgins' backhand at 14:42. Fleury denied Saku Koivu on a 4-on-3
advantage earlier in the period when he scrambled into position
after dropping his stick to stop the Montreal captain's backhand.
"He played a great game but I don't think that was a factor,"
Koivu said. "We didn't as well as we should have, and we can, and
this kind of a defensive effort is not going to take us anywhere."
Francis Bouillon, who left the game with a left leg injury early
in the second, played a big part in getting the Canadiens back in
the game after Boguniecki and Malone gave Pittsburgh the early
The diminutive defenseman drew a huge cheer from the sellout
crowd of 21,273 when he checked Niklas Nordgren heavily into the
boards behind Montreal's net before he grabbed the puck and charged
down the right side.
Bouillon took the puck almost the length of the ice before
passing across to Bulis, who fired a well-placed shot over Fleury's
right shoulder into the top left corner for his career high 17th
Bouillon injured his left leg early in the second and was taken
to a hospital for X-rays after he fell heavily into the boards
behind the Penguins' net. The X-rays came back negative and
Bouillon has a bruised leg.
Canadiens right wing Aaron Downey and Roy dropped their gloves
for a spirited fight at 3:02 as Bouillon lay on the ice. Fans
chanted Bouillon's name as he put his gloved right hand on his left
knee as he was taken off on a stretcher.
"It was kind of an eerie feeling in the building when he went
down because I was fighting then and nobody was cheering during the
fight," Downey said.
Souray scored his second of the game -- his ninth of the season --
14 seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage as Montreal took a 4-3 lead
11:25 into the second.
Aebischer made his second straight start for Montreal despite
allowing five goals in his Canadiens debut. He stopped 36 shots in
Thursday's 5-1 loss to Carolina, ending Cristobal Huet's streak of
14 consecutive starts.
LeClair, who had no points in the Penguins' two previous
games against Montreal, has 31 goals and 20 assists in 37 games
against the Canadiens, who he won a Stanley Cup with in 1993. ...
Canadiens D Craig Rivet recorded his 100th career assist on
Murray's goal. ... Bulis, who had a career-high four goals in a 5-3
win in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, had 16 goals in 2003-03. ...
Montreal has sold out each of its 31 home games.