MONTREAL (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins lost to the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 in a shootout Thursday night.
Arron Asham scored on a wrist shot set up by Ben Lovejoy and Alex Goligoski at 2:14 in the first period.
In the second period, Benoit Pouliot got a wrister past Brent Johnson who had 22 saves. Habs goalie Carey Price stopped 31 shots.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third period and overtime.
Price was perfect in the tiebreaker, turning aside Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu before denying Chris Kunitz on Pittsburgh’s final attempt.
Pouliot deked Johnson and let the puck slide into the right side of the net to give Montreal a win in its first shootout of the season.
The Pens played without captain Sidney Crosby who suffered a concussion and will be out for a week. Matt Cooke also returned to Pittsburgh for personal reasons.