The Pittsburgh Penguins were 3-1 vs. the Canadiens during the regular season. The three victories came before Christmas. The Canadiens beat the Penguins 5-3 in the final game just before the Olympic break.
Oct. 28/09 @ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh-6 Canadiens-1. Jaroslav Halak let in four goals on 23 shots through the first two periods. Carey Price played the third period and led in 2 on 14 shots. Canadiens outshot 37-24 overall. Sydney Crosby with his third career hattrick. Chris Kunitz had a goal and 3 assists. Ended a four-game Habs winning streak. Tomas Plekanec scored the goal on a power play. Canadiens failed to compete.
Nov. 25/09 –@Pittsburgh Pittsburgh-3 Montreal-1 – Crosby 1 goal 1 assist. Guerin and Gonchar also scored. Pacioretty for the Canadiens. Price gives up 3 goals on 30 shots. Canadiens missing seven of their regulars (A. Kostitsyn, Spacek, Gomez, Gionta, Gill, D’Agostini, Markov and the newly acquired Benoit Pouliot). In their lineup Jay Leach, Kyle Chipchura, J.T. Wyman, Ryan White and David Desharnais. Canadiens generated only19 shots. Against the Canadiens, in the two games in Pittsburgh, Crosby had four goals and one assist.
Dec. 10/09 @Montreal Pittsburgh-3 Montreal-2. Canadiens had a 2-1 lead in the second period before goals by Matt Cooke and Pascual Dupuis. The winning goal by Dupuis came when his high shot hit Carey Price’s glove and dropped into the net. Price allowed three goals on 41 shots. D’Agostini and Hamrlik scored for the Canadiens. At 14.08 of the third period Scott Gomez appeared to have tied the game. The referee nullified it because he lost sight of a puck that in fact was never covered up.
Feb. 6/10 @Montreal Canadiens-5 Pittsburgh-3. Halak stops 18 of 21 shots. Brian Gionta with 2 goals and 1 assist. Plekanec, Gomez, Darche with the other goals. Plekanec also with 2 assists. Canadiens forced to call up an entire line from Hamilton (David Desharnais, Brock Trotter and Ryan White) after Pouliot and Bergeron were placed on injury reserve. Desharnais was the game’s third star.