PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Brenden Morrow scored two goals for the second straight game and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-4 on Wednesday night to move closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Brandon Sutter added two goals for Pittsburgh, and newly acquired Jarome Iginla and Doug Murray also scored for the Penguins, who had little trouble with the Canadiens despite playing without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots and Pittsburgh dominated in racing to a quick 4-0 lead.
Brian Gionta, Alex Galchenyuk, Gabriel Dumont and Andrei Markov scored for the reeling Canadiens, who have lost three straight. Peter Budaj started in goal but was pulled after stopping just six of the nine shots he faced in the first period.
Carey Price relieved and allowed three goals on 20 shots, absorbing the loss.
The Penguins lead the Canadiens by nine points in the fight for the top seed. Both teams have five games remaining.
ROOT Sports Penguins analyst Jay Caufield joined The Fan Morning Show on Thursday to look back at the Penguins’ 6-4 win over the Canadiens on Wednesday night.
In terms of teams the Penguins might want to avoid in the playoffs, Caufield said the Rangers might not be the best matchup.
The interview can be heard here: