Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Late Rally vs. Price Falls Short Canadiens 3 Penguins 2

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Late Rally vs. Price Falls Short Canadiens 3 Penguins 2

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Carey Price hasn't been named Canada's go-to goalie for the Sochi Olympics.

Not yet, anyway.

Actually, he won't even be named to the squad for another month.

Consider both to be a formality. At most.

Price showed again Saturday night, when he turned aside 29 of 31 shots in Montreal's 3-2 victory against the Penguins at Bell Centre, why he is the obvious selection to help his country defend the gold medal it won in 2010.

"We definitely started very well and got some really good chances," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "He kind of weathered the storm early on and allowed them to stay in the game and get that important first goal. He was solid all the way through."

The Penguins, who had won their previous three games, couldn't get anything past Price until James Neal hammered a slap shot over his glove from inside the right circle on a power play at 5:14 of the third period.

That goal spoiled Price's bid for his second shutout of the season, but didn't seem as if it could have an impact on the outcome until the Penguins scored again in the waning minutes of regulation.

With less than three minutes remaining in the third period, Evgeni Malkin capped a spectacular end-to-end rush by setting up Neal for a tap-in in front of the Montreal net.

Malkin then slammed into the boards behind the Canadiens goal line and appeared to be shaken up. But he did not miss a shift as the Penguins made a desperate, though ultimately futile, attempt to force overtime.

"We battled hard to get back into it," Crosby said. "But it's a tough game to play when you're fighting [from behind] like that in the third period."

Unfortunately for the Penguins, by the time they began to solve Price, Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens had beaten Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury twice and Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec also had scored.

The loss was the Penguins' first in regulation in eight games against Montreal -- they had been 7-0-1 in their previous seven against the Canadiens -- as well as their first in six visits to Bell Centre, where they had been 3-0-2 in the previous five.

The Penguins played without winger Beau Bennett, who sustained an unspecified injury in their 4-3 victory Friday night against the New York Islanders. …

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