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A poor start


After drawing a penalty that led to a Montreal goal only 32 seconds into the game, Sidney Crosby led a rush that turned into a two-on-one when Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill fell after colliding with partner Josh Gorges.

Crosby made an ill-advised pass to Max Talbot that Gorges got a piece of his stick on to break up the scoring chance.

The Penguins then got a break when Dominic Moore was called for goaltender interference after Marc-Andre Fleury blocked his breakaway and Maxim Lapierre’s rebound hit the right post.

What did the Penguins do?

Answer with one of the most putrid power-play performances we’ve seen in some time at Mellon Arena, one that saw Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Bill Guerin lose the puck and let it cross the blue line. Letang later had a turnover that led to a Tomas Plekanec breakaway.

Despite giving up the first goal on the first shot he faced, Fleury has made several difficult saves so far.

Everyone else has looked lost.



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