The Pittsburgh Penguins outshot their opponents 31-29 on Saturday night, but dropped a 3-2 decision in Montreal.
The loss followed a 4-3 home win over the New York Islanders on Friday. With the weekend split, the Pens (15-9) lead Washington by four points in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.
Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Canadiens (13-9-2) on Saturday, and Tomas Piekanec added a goal. Carey Price (9-8-2) made 29 saves to earn the win.
James Neal tallied both of the Penguins’ goals. Marc-Andre Fleury (13-7) took the loss.
In Friday’s win by Pittsburgh, Chris Kunitz scored twice, and Evgeni Malkin, who would go on to earn the league’s number-one Star-of-the-Week honor, added another, but it was team captain Sidney Crosby who recorded the game-winner, snapping a 3-3 tie with a goal with 1:16 remaining in the game. Rookie goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (2-2) earned the win with 32 saves in 35 opportunities.
Thomas Vanek scored twice for the Islanders, and Colin McDonald added a score.
On Monday night, the Penguins will visit the Boston Bruins (15-6-2) for a battle of division leaders. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM.